The Cutlass Podcast

By Paul Kingsbury

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The Cutlass Podcast is the companion podcast to the 2nd edition of the Chief Petty Officer's Guide. Join Paul Kingsbury, retired U.S. Navy Fleet Master Chief and author of this guide, to learn how you can use social science and the experience of others to improve your leadership, communication, and management skills to achieve your goals and bring out the best in your people. Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/paul-kingsbury03/support

Episode Date
Episode 28: Improving Your Public Speaking Skills
2016

Fear of public speaking is a very common fear. In the episode, I'm joined by Navy Command Master Chief Toby Ruiz to discuss some ways to develop this skill set, while offering advice to manage and overcome your anxiety with this key form of communication and influence. To learn more, make sure to check out chapter two of the "Chief Petty Officer's Guide".

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Jan 12, 2021
Episode 27: Top Things to Do When Handling "Difficult" People and Conversations!!
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In this episode I'm joined by retired Master Chief Petty Officer of the Navy, CEO, and author Jim Herdt as we discuss options and offer advice on approaching those people and conversations that may be difficult and uncomfortable. To learn more about the importance of timely and honest feedback you can check out "The Chief Petty Officer's Guide", or Jim's new book Five Star Leadership Handbook.

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Jan 05, 2021
Episode 26: The Leader in the Window: Improving Transparency to Improve Communication!!
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With U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy faculty advisor, Senior Chief Henry Nicol, discussing the Johari Window model and how leaders and managers can use it to improve organizational and team communication and performance. To learn more about the importance of timely and honest feedback you can check out chapter seven and eight of "The Chief Petty Officer's Guide", or check out the online videos and articles that explain Johari Window. 

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Dec 22, 2020
Episode 25: Don't Be a Boss-hole! The Best Ways to Use Radical Candor to Improve Team Performance!
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With U.S. Navy Senior Enlisted Academy facilitator, Master Chief Nathan Rose to discuss the concept of improving organizational feedback using the Radical Candor model. Nathan and I discuss what this concept is and why it's important, how to develop an environment that encourages it, and why leaders and peers avoid it. To learn more about the importance of timely and honest feedback you can check out chapter seven and eight of "The Chief Petty Officer's Guide", the book "Radical Candor" by Kim Scott, or by watching her YouTube videos like this one

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Dec 15, 2020
Episode 24: On Course? Off Course? Need a New Course? When and How to Make Adjustments to Your Plans!
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The final episode in the short series on management with Fleet Master Chief Jim Honea. In this episode we get into the final function in the management process which involves evaluating project or evolution progress to the expected standards and how to decide if you're on target, off target but can adjust, or off target and need to stop. To learn more, check out Chapter Four of "The Chief Petty Officer's Guide". Order your signed and inscribed copy here today!  You can also check out my article Deckplate Leadership Requires Management Competency.

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Dec 08, 2020
Episode 23: Must Have Advice for Improving Your Supervision Skills!!
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Your management success began with developing the good plan and properly organizing resources we discussed in episode 22. In this episode, I continue the conversation with former U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate and current Pacific Fleet Master Chief Jim Honea, to offer developing managers insights and advice on succeeding in the directing phase of management. From the importance of good pre-evolution brief to tips on how to effectively supervise, this episode offers a lot in 30 minutes! To learn more, check out Chapter Four of "The Chief Petty Officer's Guide". Order your signed and inscribed copy here today!  You can also check out my article Deckplate Leadership Requires Management Competency. --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/paul-kingsbury03/support
Nov 24, 2020
Episode 22: Key Ways to Plan and Organize for Success!
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Management success starts with a good plan and properly organizing resources. In this episode, I'm with former U.S. Navy Boatswain's Mate and current Pacific Fleet Master Chief Jim Honea, to offer developing managers insights and advice for improving in these two management functions. To learn more, check out Chapter Four of "The Chief Petty Officer's Guide". Order your signed and inscribed copy here today!  You can also check out my article Deckplate Leadership Requires Management Competency

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Nov 17, 2020
Episode 21: Salt in My Coffee! A Lesson on Maintaining Clarity
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We all have internal and external distractions that can impeded our leadership and managerial effectiveness. Join Command Master Chief and host of The Unsung Leaders Facebook Group,  Armon Owens, and I as we discuss ways to maintain personal and team clarity when working to achieve your objectives. This episode builds upon Episode 13: Villains and Heroes, so check that one out as well! 

To learn more about this topic check out "The Chief Petty Officer's Guide". Order your signed and inscribed copy here today!

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Nov 10, 2020
Episode 20 : Situational Leadership: Top Advice From a Senior EOD Tech!!
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One style of leadership does NOT fit all situations. How do you know when to be more directive? When should you shift to coaching or delegating? How do you manage your team's response to a quick shift to a directive style of leadership?  In this episode, Command Master and Chief and combat experienced EOD technician, Rick Straney offers his insights on these questions and the concept of Situational Leadership, and then puts it all into practical context with a story of a combat experience he had in Samarra, Iraq. 

To learn more about this topic check out "The Chief Petty Officer's Guide". Order your signed and inscribed copy here today! Other resources include the book  "The Situational Leader" by Dr. Paul Hersey.

Episode Photo: MC2 (AW/SW) Jayme Pastoric

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Nov 03, 2020
Episode 11: We Need to Talk! The Best Ways to Use Punishment When You Need To
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How willing, able, and comfortable are you at applying pressure and imposing "cost" when the situation requires it? Creator and host of the They Had to Go Out Podcast, USCG Chief Petty Officer Phil Null and I continue our discussion on using "carrots and sticks" as leadership tools. For additional information about this topic check out the Chief Petty Officer's Guide

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Oct 23, 2020
Episode 19: Tips to Improve and Use Your Writing Skills!
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Writing skills are crucial to giving you and your people a professional edge. Most leaders have insights, opinions, and sound recommendations on how things are getting done and how they could be better. And they are very willing to discuss these things in small, face-to-face venues and miss the opportunity to use writing as a broader tool of influence. Join retired naval aviator and TOPGUN instructor, former chief speechwriter to Secretary of Defense James Mattis, and author of "Topgun's Top 10", Guy Snodgrass and I as we share how leaders can and should use writing as a key tool of influence. 

For additional insights and advice on this topic, check out the Chief Petty Officer's Guide. Thumbnail photo: U.S. Naval Institute.

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Oct 20, 2020
Episode 18: Get Some Sleep! Advice From an Expert on Managing Team Fatigue and Endurance
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Whats your current attitude toward managing your team's fatigue and endurance? Do you take a "just suck it up" approach or do you actively work to help your team manage it and the adverse impacts fatigue can have on readiness and safety? Join award winning author Dr. John Cordle and I as we explore your role and responsibility in positively shaping this aspect of team productivity. 

For additional insights and advice, check out the Chief Petty Officer's Guide. Other resources include the Naval Postgraduate School Crew Endurance page and the 2015 RAND study on sleep deprivation.

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Oct 13, 2020
Episode 17: Standards, standards, standards!
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Performance to STANDARDS! Your boss expects it and the word standard is thrown around a lot, but have you paused to really think about how to establish, communicate, enforce, shape adherence to, and get feedback on them? Join me and my anonymous guest who is the creator and host of the "Don't Give Up the Ship" podcast as we dive into the topic of standards and offer a framework any leader or manager can use.  

For additional insights and advice, check out the Chief Petty Officer's Guide which can be found at https://www.usni.org/press/books/chief-petty-officers-guide-2nd-edition. You can order a signed and inscribed copy at https://www.cutlassleadership.com. Check out the Don't Give Up the Ship podcast here: https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/dont-give-up-the-ship-podcast/id1097336671.


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Oct 06, 2020
Episode 16: Good Leadership is Like Beauty...You Know It When You See It!!
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You may think you're a good leader, but what do your people think?! Join retired Command Master Chief Richard Curtis, former Director of the U.S. Navy's Senior Enlisted Academy, and I as we talk Implicit Leadership Theory. We'll work to put the theory into real world context to help you understand how your teams and followers make value judgments about your leadership effectiveness. An important insight to help increase your versatility that you won't want to miss!

For additional insights and advice, check out the Chief Petty Officer's Guide which can be found at https://www.usni.org/press/books/chief-petty-officers-guide-2nd-edition. You can order a signed and inscribed copy at https://www.cutlassleadership.com.


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Sep 29, 2020
Episode 15: "Owning It": The Best Ways To Handle the Consequences of Your Decisions!!
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What is accountability and why is it so important? Where does it start? How can you work to be better in the personal accountability department? Accountability is not easy so join retired Fleet Master Chief April Beldo-Lilley and I as we explore approaches on how to fairly hold people accountable and discuss how to gracefully be held accountable. 

 For additional information about the topics discussed in this and other episodes check out the Chief Petty Officer's Guide which can be found at . You can order a signed and inscribed copy at https://www.cutlassleadership.com.

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Sep 22, 2020
Episode 14: Ten Ways to Be a Better Follower Today!
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In the episode I'm with Master Chief Laura Stout taking time to reflect on the importance of followership, offering insights and advice on how to do it well, and reviewing the attributes leaders should have to remain good followers. We build our discussion off a great article by USAF Colonel Phillip S. Meilinger's titled "The Ten Rules of Good Followership." 

For additional information about the topics discussed in this and other episodes check out the Chief Petty Officer's Guide which can be found at https://www.usni.org/press/books/chief-petty-officers-guide-2nd-edition. You can order a signed and inscribed copy at https://www.cutlassleadership.com

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Sep 15, 2020
Episode 13: Top Ways to Manage Your Focus and Confidence!
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As a leader, you can't positively influence others if your own personal life and attitude is out of balance. In the episode, retired Master Chief and host of the Coffee Connect network group, Rodney Chronister and I explore the personal "villains" that come from outside and inside of us and work to derail or distract us from our goals. We then shift to working to identify and connect with personal "heroes" who can serve as a defense and source of inspiration during challenging times. 

For additional information about the topics discussed in this and other episodes check out chapter ten of the Chief Petty Officer's Guide which can be found at https://www.usni.org/press/books/chief-petty-officers-guide-2nd-edition. You can order a signed and inscribed copy at https://www.cutlassleadership.com. Other resources include the books, "Full Steam Ahead", "The Compound Effect", and "Developing the Leader Within". You can connect with Rodney on LInkedIn for more information on how to join the Coffee Connect network group at https://www.linkedin.com/in/rodneychronister2015/

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Sep 09, 2020
Episode 12: In a New Job?! Top Advice for Growing Into Your New Role
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Have you recently been promoted or assumed a new role or position? Perhaps you're struggling to make the transition from peer to supervisor. For all of us, growing into a new position of responsibility takes time and flexibility. Join Command Master Chief Samira McBride, winner of the U.S. Navy's Delbert Black Leadership Award, and I as we offer insights and advice about assuming a new role of responsibility and what you can do to make your transition easier. You won't want to miss this episode!!

For additional information about the topics discussed in this and other episodes check out the Chief Petty Officer's Guide which can be found at https://www.usni.org/press/books/chief-petty-officers-guide-2nd-edition. Or, you can order a signed and inscribed copy at https://www.cutlassleadership.com.

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Sep 01, 2020
Episode 10: Five Ways to Best Use Rewards to Motivate Your Team
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What motivates your people to perform? Join me a my host USCG Chief Petty Officer Phil Null as we explore the reward power tools you have available to help motivate and shape behavior and offer advice on their use. 

For additional information about the topics I discuss in this and other episodes check out the Chief Petty Officer's Guide which can be found at https://www.usni.org/press/books/chief-petty-officers-guide-2nd-edition. You can order you signed and inscribed copy at https://www.cutlassleadership.com. Also, the article "Overuse Devalues Awards" can be found here https://www.usni.org/magazines/proceedings/2018/march/overuse-devalues-personal-awards.

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Aug 11, 2020
Episode 9: Three Key Ways to Be A Powerful and Positive Leader
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Retired Fleet Master Chief and current Director of Operations for Director, Navy Staff Scott A. Benning joins me to discuss the philosophies behind his book, "The Power of Positive Leadership." Scott reveals what prompted him to write his book; dives into his Inspire, Challenge, and Empower approach to leadership; and offers his thoughts on why having a positive attitude as a leader is so crucial. 

Scott's book can be found on Amazon, Google Books, and other online stores and his website. Other resources mentioned in this episode include the "Minute with Maxwell" and "Bob Feller Foundation Act of Valor" podcasts.

For additional information about the topics I discuss in this and other episodes check out the Chief Petty Officer's Guide. You can order you signed and inscribed copy here


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Jul 21, 2020
Episode 8: Tips on Communicating Purpose and Vision to Your Team!!
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Taking time with U.S. Navy Chief Petty Officer, and host of The Evolution Podcast Jeff Bayless to discuss the importance of finding, defining, and communicating purpose to your teams and yourself.  

For additional information about the topics I discuss in this and other episodes check out the Chief Petty Officer's Guide which can be found at https://www.usni.org/press/books/chief-petty-officers-guide-2nd-edition. You can order you signed and inscribed copy at https://www.cutlassleadership.com. Other resources mentioned in this episode include the Making Sense podcast by Sam Harris, "Man's Search for Meaning" by Viktor E. Frankl, and "Dare to Lead" by Berne' Brown. 

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Jul 11, 2020
Episode 7: Yes Sir...But?? How to Safely and Professionally Challenge Your Boss!!
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Do you want to provide feedback on how to make a process better? Is you boss in need of some candid feedback on the personal or professional behavior? What's the role of a leader in creating an environment that is open to feedback? Join USCG Chief Petty Officer Phil Null and I as we offer insights and advice on how leaders and followers can professionally disagree. 

For additional information about the topics I discuss in this and other episodes check out the Chief Petty Officer's Guide which can be found at https://www.usni.org/press/books/chief-petty-officers-guide-2nd-edition. You can order you signed and inscribed copy at https://www.cutlassleadership.com. Other resources mentioned in this episode include the book "Learning War" by Trent Hone which provides insight on how naval leaders at the turn of the 20th century found a forum to professionally push back to make their Navy better.  https://www.usni.org/press/books/learning-war

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Jun 11, 2020
Episode 6: Must Have Advice on Getting Team Buy-In!!
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Leaders and managers can get results using "have to" or "want to" leadership styles. But which one is better and why? In the episode join me and retired Fleet Master Chief Raymond Kemp to explore the importance of your personal and expert power bases in building your credibility as a leader or organization. 

To learn more about the topics in the episode check out the Chief Petty Officers Guide found at www.cutlassleadership.com and the following YouTube video. Other resources mentioned in this episode include the "Question of the Day" podcast, the "One in Four" podcast, and"The Talent Development Hot Seat" podcast. Recommended books by Raymond include "Deep is the Hunger" by Howard Thurman, "Limitless" by Jim Kwik, and "Designing Your Life" by Bill Burnett and Dave Evans.   

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May 29, 2020
Episode 5: The Best Ways to Lead Success During Risky Situations!
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Join retired master chief and high reliability operations coach Frank Gardner and I as we discuss how military and industry front line leaders leverage sturdiness, versatility, and credibility to manage and lead operational success in high risk environments. Whether you're operating a nuclear power plant, involved with flight deck operations, leading a team of medical professionals, or a foreman on a heavy construction site, there is something to learn from the success of the Naval Nuclear Propulsion Program and Frank's insights in this episode. 

To learn more about this topic check out chapters four and seven of the Chief Petty Officers Guide found at www.cutlassleadership.com or "Extreme Operational Excellence" by Matt Digeronimo and Robert Koonce, "High Velocity Edge" by Steven J. Spear, and "Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don't" by Simon Sinek. Also, make sure to check out my article "When Cheating Becomes Normal."

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May 21, 2020
Episode 4: No One Dies on My Watch! How USCG Leaders Deal with Danger!!
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My guests, retired Master Chief Petty Officer of the Coast Guard Vince Patton and Chief Petty Officer Phil Null, and I discuss how the importance of alignment with organizational value and belief systems and how the nature of USCG operations and training shape the attitudes that enable mission success. We also recognize the contribution of Chief Petty Officer leadership on the occasion of the centennial of the USCG CPO rate and discuss how they help strengthen each Chief's connection power base.   To learn more about this topic check out "The Chief Petty Officer's Guide" which can be found at https://www.usni.org/press/books/chief-petty-officers-guide-2nd-edition and this video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ne1QNbsAmnE. Other resources mentioned include the "They Had to Go Out Podcast https://anchor.fm/theyhadtogoout; The USCG Chief Petty Officer's Association https://www.uscgcpoa.org/, and the Non-Commissioned Officer's Association https://ncoausa.org/.  To provide me feedback or suggest topics for future episodes, please email me at cutlassleadership@gmail.com.  --- Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/paul-kingsbury03/support
May 17, 2020
Episode 3: Situational leadership: USS COLE Bombing with Command Master Chief James Parlier
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Leaders have to lead and manage during routine and crisis situations. You have to be good at both and there is a connection between being good at routine operations and how your team responds during a crisis. Join me and retired Command Master Chief James Parlier, who was the CMC on USS Cole during the October 2000 bombing as we discuss how he and other leaders used versatility, up close leadership, and tough decision making to solve unique problems under stress. 

To learn more about this topic check out "The Chief Petty Officer's Guide" and this video by Chief Petty Officer Sean Taitt. Other resources mentioned include "Front Burner: Al Qaeda's Attack on the USS Cole" by Kirk Lippold, "The Looming Tower" by Lawrence Wright, and "The Black Banners: The Inside Story of 9/11 and the War Against Al-Qaeda" by Ali Soufan

To contact James for a speaking engagement, send him an email to cmcdoc67@yahoo.com.

Send your feedback, questions, and suggested Cutlass Podcast topics to cutlassleadership@gmail.com.

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May 11, 2020
Episode 2: Five Ways to Better Use Your Positional Power!
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In this episode Command Master Chief Matt Harris, current director of the U.S. Navy's Senior Enlisted Academy, joins me to discuss many aspects of using your legitimate power base. We'll discuss the importance and linkage of responsibility, authority, and accountability; insights and advice on proper delegation; and how to protect yourself from risks associated with your position. We also offer additional resources you can use to strengthen this component of your leadership cutlass. 

For more insights on this topics check out The Chief Petty Officer's Guide which can be found at https://www.usni.org/press/books/chief-petty-officers-guide-2nd-edition and the associated YouTube video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HnFhOilywXo

Other resources discussed include Simon Sinek's "We Only Deserve a Styrofoam Cup" video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FNf1pKRhay8 and the books "Management of Organizational Behavior" by Paul Hersey, Kenneth H. Blanchard, and Dewey E. Johnson and "Legacy" by James Kerr. 

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May 02, 2020
Episode One: My Top Insights on the Fundamentals of Leadership and Management
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In this episode I'm taking time to explain what shapes my leadership philosophy and review the fundamental leadership and management concepts I'll use in future episodes and discussions. To learn more check out the Chief Petty Officer's Guide at or watch my YouTube videos

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Apr 21, 2020
Introduction to the Cutlass Podcast
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Introduces you to your host, retired Fleet Master Chief Paul Kingsbury, and provides background on why the title Cutlass Podcast was chosen and what it aims to do for you.

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Apr 21, 2020