O’Brien, DuBois, & Ostrolenk on Intelligence Reform

In this special edition of the Michael Ostrolenk Show, Michael co-hosts Power Peace Radio with Rob DuBois.  Their guest is intelligence expert Peter O’Brien and they discuss improving national security intelligence by learning from past mistakes as well as implementing an interdisciplinary team approach and using different types of thinking.

Peter O’Brien has more than 30 years of successful leadership, management and planning experience in leading organizations from a handful to several thousand, from a single site to orchestrating simultaneous operations at three-dozen locations on four separate continents. Mr. O’Brien’s Navy career included ten years at sea, more than a dozen years stationed overseas and multiple deployments, providing the opportunity to study, practice and execute the widest possible range of leadership and planning skills. He has participated in planning and execution of military operations from the tactical to the strategic level in the Middle East, North Africa and East Asia. He is a recognized SME in strategic planning, intelligence, the Middle East and the Far East.

Powerful Peace, Live from DC

SPECIAL EDITION: D.C. needs solutions; Robert DuBois has them. America’s policymakers brought the author of Powerful Peace to Washington so they could learn in person this Retired Navy SEAL’s game-changing “lessons on peace from a lifetime at war.” The Michael Ostrolenk show is bringing to you exclusive audio from this live briefing—before an audience of those shaping the future direction of the United States—held on September 5, 2012 in our nation’s capital.

Powerful Peace from Battlefield to Classroom & Boardroom to Bedroom.

Back by popular demand for a fourth interview is Retired Navy Seal Robert DuBois, author of Powerful Peace, the book revolutionizing conflict prevention concepts needed now more than ever in our increasingly polarized world with escalating harmful consequences of the antiquated us vs. them paradigm.  In today’s podcast Michael and Robert explore the compelling examples of how these ideas are taking hold – not only to ease international relations but in every level of society. Powerful Peace is a game-changer in the classroom, boardroom, battlefield, and bedroom, explains Mr. Dubois.

Michael and Rob will exercise your mind in this conversation with something to pique everyone’s interest: “cause a pause,” wideminding, oxytocin, Stephen Covey, “brown belt syndrome”, political fundraising, Stalin, fisticuffs, Japanese train fights, and much more!  There’s even a cameo by Bruce Lee.

Learn more at PowerfulPeace.net about Rob’s book and his work to promote smart power, cultural competency and ultimately stop the needless harm and loss resulting from misplaced and unbridled hate.

Man Up and Humble Down

Retired Navy SEAL and author of Powerful Peace Robert DuBois is back for part III (part I, part II) of the conversation with Michael Ostrolenk. In this podcast Rob emphasizes that a meaningful peace between individuals, groups, or countries requires dialog, trust, respect, and recognizing the dignity of unfamiliar cultures and individuals. In summary, man up and be accountable for one’s mistakes and humble down to listen & learn from others’ points of view.  Rob depicts his gradual realization of these truths through vivid glimpses of his journeys across the globe. Hard lessons learned from Turkish bars, make-shift strip clubs, and Perdue Chicken all come to light in today’s exchange. Learn more at PowerfulPeace.net about Rob’s book and his work to promote smart power, cultural competency and ultimately stop the needless harm and loss resulting from misplaced and unbridled hate.

Keeping the peace is more than the ability to kick ass.

Establishing global security requires a holistic approach not just a superiority in breaking things, explains retired Navy SEAL Robert DuBois in part II (part I, part III) of his conversation with Michael Ostrolenk.  To illustrate this (and in a nod to the late Stephen Covey) Rob divides his book, Powerful Peace, into four sections: body, mind, heart, and soul. In addition to discussing these 4 divisions of the book, Rob reveals a personal experience from Abu Ghraib prison that prompted a greater appreciation of alternate perspectives.  Learn more at PowerfulPeace.net about Rob’s book and his work to promote smart power, cultural competency and ultimately stop the needless harm and loss resulting from misplaced and unbridled hate.

Moving from “Us vs. Them” to Powerful Peace

Retired Navy SEAL Robert DuBois witnessed the September 11th attack on America live on TV while deployed in an Arab country. No cheers were heard from the Arab SEALs watching in the same room with Rob and his American SEAL team.  The Arab SEALs were appalled and angered by this terrorist act of war. It isn’t simply “us versus them” realized Rob. In this podcast with Michael, Rob recounts this and other “lessons on peace from a lifetime at war,” the subtitle of his book Powerful Peace.  The two dimensional “us versus them” paradigm that’s dominated human history is antiquated and irrelevant in today’s connected world. It’s time to become accountable for the consequences of irresponsible use of force, explains Mr. DuBois.  Learn more at PowerfulPeace.net about Rob’s book and his work to promote smart power, cultural competency and ultimately stop the needless harm and loss resulting from misplaced and unbridled hate.