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IN THE MEDIA

Business Commands From a Navy Seal
Cheddar: February 6, 2018

Brent Gleeson, former Navy Seal and author of "Taking Point: A Navy Seal's 10 Fail Safe Principles for Leading Through Change," discusses his time in the military and how it helped him become more business savvy.
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How Navy SEAL Hell Week builds indestructible teams
Big Think: February 10, 2018

Becoming a Navy SEAL isn't exactly easy. First, you have to get through 18 months of training. About a month or so into that, you have to get through Hell Week. With an 80% attrition rate, Hell Week lives up to its name.
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Navy Seal Brent Gleeson Reveals How to Overcome Adversity
Parade: March 6, 2018

It isn’t every day that we get to hear firsthand what it’s like to serve as a Navy SEAL. Such was the first career of Brent Gleeson, who, upon returning to civilian life, has built award-winning, multimillion dollar organizations that have been repeatedly named in the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies.
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Interview with Brent Gleeson, Founder & CEO at TakingPoint Leadership
USA Weekly: February 28, 2018

Starting a business is a big achievement for many entrepreneurs, but maintaining one is the larger challenge. There are many standard challenges that face every business whether they are large or small. It is not easy running a company, especially in a fast-paced, ever-changing business world.
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Rancho Santa Fe resident translates Navy SEAL and corporate experience into management, leadership book
Rancho Santa Fe Review: March 20, 2018

In the late 1990s, Brent Gleeson was cruising toward a successful career in the business world. Then, he joined the Navy’s SEAL program, with overseas duty that included “capture or kill” missions in Iraq.
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Episode 328: Brent Gleeson discusses the transition from Navy SEAL to businessman
SOFREP Radio: February 20, 2018

Navy SEAL Brent Gleeson joins us in studio for the podcast, which we livestreamed.  He has a new book out next week, it’s called “TakingPoint: A Navy SEAL’s 10 Fail-Safe Principles for Leading Through Change.”  Be sure to pre-order it.  The book gets into some of the takeaways Brent was able to deliver to the business world, and we hear all about it.
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The System This Navy SEAL Uses to Communicate Seamlessly
Inc.com: November 3, 2017

Every company needs communication to flow within their workplace. Here are two barriers that get in the way according to Brent Gleeson, author of ‘TakingPoint.’
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The 1 Question That Will Show If Someone Is Right for Your Company
Inc.com: November 13, 2017

Hiring the right person is important. Here's the question that will make sure you do, according to Brent Gleeson, author of ‘TakingPoint.’
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The Barnes & Noble Podcast: Brent Gleeson
The Barnes & Noble Podcast: April 27, 2018

Every author has a story beyond the one that they put down on paper. The Barnes & Noble Podcast goes between the lines with today’s most interesting writers, exploring what inspires them, what confounds them, and what they were thinking when they wrote the books we’re talking about. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW >

The Unbeatable Mind Podcast: Brent Gleeson
Unbeatable Mind Podcast: August 30, 2018

Brent Gleeson is a former SEAL and a prominent entrepreneur. He’s also a well known speaker merging his leadership lessons from the SEALs and how to apply them to business. Most recently, he’s also the bestselling author of the book “Taking Point: A Navy SEAL’s 10 Fail-safe Principles for Leading Through Change.” Mark and Brent talk about his work and his principles of leadership. Listen to this episode to gain insight on how an Unbeatable Mind is necessary both in the military and the business world. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW >

Brent Gleeson on Navy Seal Negotiations
Negotiations Ninja Podcast: February 2, 2018

It was both an honor and a privilege to have Brent Gleeson on the show.  The conversation that we had was fantastic. We spoke about peak performance, peak performance culture, peak performance mindset and what it takes to develop a mindset of peak performance and how you can translate that into your sales and your negotiation life.
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How To Develop The Leadership Skills Of A Navy Seal: 10 Steps For Successful Leadership Execution
Elite Man Podcast: April 17, 2018

Brent Gleeson, Navy Seal combat veteran, motivational speaker, leadership coach, and author of the new bestselling book Taking Point, joins our show in this special episode of the Elite Man Podcast! In today’s episode Brent talks about his life in the Navy Seals and the critical life lessons he learned while in this elite military branch.
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Brent Gleeson, Author Of Bestselling Book TakingPoint
The Barnes & Noble Interview, March 28, 2018

The book was written as a tool for not just business leaders and managers, but for emerging leaders in organizations and aspiring entrepreneurs to prepare their organizations for ongoing change and disruption. WATCH THE INTERVIEW >

How To Use TakingPoint Principles to Build Family Alignment
The Home & Family Show, May 2, 2018

A successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and bestselling author, Brent Gleeson explains how his principles for leading through changecan be applied in a family setting. WATCH THE INTERVIEW >

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US Air Force Keynote at LIFTx 2018

ABOUT BRENT

Brent Gleeson is a Navy SEAL combat veteran with multiple tours to Iraq and Africa.

Brent Gleeson is a Navy SEAL combat veteran with multiple tours to Iraq and Africa and other theaters of war. Upon leaving SEAL Team 5, Brent turned his discipline and battlefield lessons to the world of business and has become an accomplished entrepreneur, bestselling author and acclaimed speaker on topics ranging from leadership and building high-performance teams to culture and organizational transformation. You can learn more about his leadership philosophies in his weekly columns on Inc.com and Forbes.com. He is the bestselling author of TakingPoint: A Navy SEAL’s 10 Fail Safe Principles for Leading Through Change, which was a #1 New Release in the categories of Organizational Change and Business Structural Adjustment.

Brent is the Founder and CEO of TakingPoint Leadership, a progressive leadership and management consulting firm with a focus on leadership development, business transformation and building high-performance cultures. With degrees in finance and economics from Southern Methodist University, certificates in English and History from Oxford University in England and a graduate business degree from University of San Diego, Gleeson’s extensive experience is both academic and real-world in nature. Gleeson has won awards for business leadership and was named one of the “Top 10 CEOs” in Entrepreneur Magazine’s October 2013 issue for his exemplary approach to building high-performance teams in business.

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Motivation. Inspiration. Education.

Brent Gleeson

Navy SEAL Combat Veteran | Entrepreneur | Bestselling Author

Brent Gleeson is a Navy SEAL combat veteran with multiple tours to Iraq and Africa and other theaters of war. Upon leaving SEAL Team 5, Brent turned his discipline and battlefield lessons to the world of business and has become an accomplished entrepreneur, author, and acclaimed speaker on topics ranging from leadership and building high performance teams to culture and organizational transformation. You can learn more about his leadership philosophies in his weekly columns on Inc.com and Forbes.com.

Brent is the Founder and CEO of TakingPoint Leadership, a progressive leadership and management consulting firm with a focus on business transformation and building high-performance cultures. With degrees in finance and economics from Southern Methodist University, certificates in English and History from Oxford University in England and a graduate business degree from University of San Diego, Gleeson’s extensive experience is both academic and real-world in nature. Gleeson has won awards for business leadership and was named one of the “Top 10 CEOs” in Entrepreneur Magazine’s October 2013 issue for his exemplary approach to building high-performance teams in business.

He is the bestselling author of TakingPoint: A Navy SEAL’s 10 Fail Safe Principles for Leading Through Change, which was a #1 New Release on Amazon in Organizational Change and Business Structural Adjustment. Between his experiences in the SEAL Teams and building award winning organizations that have topped the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies, Brent has become a business transformation expert. TakingPoint highlights his ten principle program all leaders and managers will need to lead change and achieve winning results in the twenty-first century business landscape.

He has also starred in several reality shows including NBC’s ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ where he and Chris Kyle of America Sniper along with other special operations professionals were paired with celebrities to compete and raise money for charities like Wounded Warrior Project.

Brent is on the executive board of the SEAL Family Foundation and his family is an Ambassador Family for March of Dimes. He is married with three wonderful children.

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Leadership Trainings

Leadership Training

Our leadership training includes workshops for senior and middle management as well as customized curriculum for emergent leaders in your organization.

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Keynote Presentations

Keynote Presentations

As a Navy SEAL motivational speaker, Brent brings humor, intensity, emotion and key learnings to all of his keynote presentations. His keynotes are perfect for any offsite event, awards ceremony, leadership training session or any company event.

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Team Building Experiences

Team Building Experiences

Brent has conducted team building experiences for some of the largest organizations in the world in the US, Asia, Europe, and other regions. These events can be customized to fit the goals and needs of the team.

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Leadership Trainings

Emotional Intelligence Workshops

Navy SEAL’s typically exhibit high levels of emotional intelligence. Emotional intelligence is proven to have a direct positive impact on career success. Our workshops include a full or half-day packed with an engaging opening presentation followed by emotional intelligence assessments and roll playing activities designed to get the team outside of their comfort zone and use emotional intelligence strategies for navigating workplace engagement. The audience will leave with well-define areas of EI that they want to work on improving.

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Ongoing Leadership Development

While exciting and educational Navy SEAL leadership keynote presentations are great, true personal and professional development comes with an ongoing focus on improvement. Our leadership development programs are customized to the needs of your organization. Programs cover the distinct difference between leadership and management, managing multi-generational work forces and learning how to build high-performance cultures based on trust, communication and accountability.

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Team Building Experiences

Stop, Start
Continue Exercises

One of the most functional exercises designed to identify actionable takeaways is a stop, start continue drill. For any organization to improve, there will always be behaviors and processes that they need to stop, start - or continue if things are working. This offering begins with an opening keynote presentation followed by a facilitated exercise with the goal of team collaboration and problem solving.

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Speaking & Training for Organizations Across the Globe

Maximum Performance Through Trust, Teamwork & Accountability

In this presentation Brent draws connections between how high performance teams in any environment can leverage trust, teamwork and accountability to achieve their goals. He provides tools for improving trust that have a measurable economic impact on any organization. He also dives into how building a culture of accountability can have game changing effects and drive a team to achieve more than they ever expected to.

Leadership Lessons For Elite Teams

This presentation is specific to leadership at all levels. Brent compares stories from the battlefield, the lessons learned, and how those lessons apply to leadership at any level across any type of organization or team. Brent talks about how to build a culture of leadership, servant leadership, adaptive change management, and much more. The audience will leave with at least three key take aways that they can start applying to their personal and professionals lives immediately.

Crushing Your Goals & Achieving The Impossible

This presentation is designed to motivate teams at all levels and across any type of organization. Brent shares stories from combat and talks about teamwork, persistence, adaptation, sacrifice, and how elite teams really achieve success and win. The audience will leave with at least three key takeaways that they can start applying to their personal and professionals lives immediately.

Leading Change: A Navy SEAL’s Principles for Navigating Organizational Change

In today’s more volatile, unpredictable and complex business environments businesses can find themselves in almost constant states of change. But more change initiatives fall short or fail due to a lack of leadership alignment, the proper culture founded on accountability and trust and poor discipline. In this presentation Gleeson provides actionable principles for managers to use in leading an organization through change.

Prioritizing People Culture and Values to Achieve Results

People, culture and values often have a reputation for being a "soft" element of management’s priorities and not directly tied to improving profitability. Yet, many studies show that leading with culture makes an organization stronger, more resilient and much more profitable. Gleeson shares correlations between SEAL culture and high performance teams in business and how prioritizing people, culture and values drives a company to achieve better results.

Building High-trust Organizations that Achieve Winning Results

Productivity, income and profits of any organization can be directly negatively or positively impacted depending on the levels of trust within the team. Trust is one of the most critical elements of a strong team culture that gets results and successfully navigates change. In this presentation, Gleeson shares the seven principles for building high-trust organizations: Integrity of Leadership, Investing in Respect, Empowering Everyone, Accountability for All, Creating a Winning Vision, Keeping the Team Informed, and Embracing Sacrifice.

NOTE: All presentations are customized for the specific audience. Discovery sessions are conducted with each client in order to craft the perfect messaging for each audience.
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TESTIMONIALS

Thank you so much for speaking to our global leaders in Hong Kong, Sydney and Singapore. The presentation was riveting and had great takeaways that really resonated with our teams. They are still talking about it!
Matthew Koder
President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Asia Pacific
Great job Brent! You hit on all the points we needed! I will recommend you to the Dallas Mavericks. It was an honor having you. Thank you.
Dwane Casey
Head Coach, Toronto Raptors
Last week was a truly great experience for all of the members of the Raytheon C&T Leadership team. I can say that everyone there deeply enjoyed your discussion and that, the presence of someone who has done what you have done was very impactful to the team! Your words grounded us and reminded us all of why it is so important that we give what we do our all. Thank you again!
Bradley Whittington
Director of Technology, Raytheon
Thank you for coming to our conference. You were a huge hit, and the reaction was extremely positive!
Laz Martinez
Director of Human Resources, Nestle
I recently had the privilege of not only of getting to know Brent Gleeson, co-founder and CMO of Internet Marketing Inc, but also working with him on a leadership presentation to San Diego’s SAGE Executive Group earlier this month. Brent is a dynamic, young entrepreneur and business leader who has the additional distinction of being a veteran of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs. I could not recommend Brent more highly for your keynote speaker.
Jeff Campbell
Former CEO, Burger King
I heard from numerous guests in attendance during your speech, they were all blown away and considered you one of the best speakers they have ever heard.
Jerry Casselano
Vice President, ProVentures
I wanted to let you know that I have received nothing but positive feedback from the ELDP members.  I have been told over and over again that you were the highlight of the event — so THANK YOU!!!
Alisha Nowlin,
Boeing
I was lucky enough to be in the audience a couple weeks ago when you spoke at my company. I wanted to tell you how fantastic it was. At one point my heart was racing, hands were shaking and palms were sweating. I’ve never felt more motivated. Thank you!!
Tressa Daniels,
Carefusion
In 25 years we have never had a more dynamic and captivating speaker, who certainly provided a message that resonated with all the first responders and hazardous materials technicians in the room.
Scott Sweet
President, MAHMT
Almost three weeks since you spoke to us at the 2017 Ironworkers IMPACT Conference and I still have a fire in my belly! My performance has improved at work and I have defined my role in a way to lead and not micromanage. My own accountability is priority one. Thanks again!
Hart Keeble
Senior Manager, Ironworkers 416
Thank you Brent. Everyone couldn’t say enough how much they enjoyed your talk and candor! So much so that you held their attention better than any speaker they’ve seen. Our Customer Service lead was there and she already wants to have you speak to her team!
John Keaveney
Global Sales Director, Ingredion
Fantastic presentation! You hit the messaging perfectly. It was both entertaining and prescriptive. We will definitely be inviting you back!
Gerard McGraw
CFO, Fidelity Investments
That was the best and most authentic presentation on values-based leadership and culture I’ve ever seen. So many speakers just tell stories, but you actually taught us how to improve!
Carol Rivetti
President, Affigent
Your presentation was amazing! People keep telling me how much they loved it. You’re the only speaker to receive a standing ovation in the last eight years!
Jeannie VanderKruik
Executive Director, SOAP
US Health Advisors told me you were the best speaker they’ve ever had and I’ve been booking talent for them for 20 years!
Roz Cole
LST Marketing
It was the most memorable day ever. We can’t thank you enough!
Gen Waiton
Director of Human Resources, Hilton Hotels
I just wanted to pass along how awesome your speech was, Brent. I have already made a few changes in my life's perspective and approach and I just wanted to pass along a thank you. You balanced your military background perfectly with not only your professional expertise, but also applying the military lessons TO corporate life. I just want you to know I am part of your ‘changed my life’ statistics. Thanks so much!
Mark Filler
Four Winds Interactive
Brent left his legacy with Coca Cola. Inspirational and true to life. Awesome, thank you!!!
Fran McGorry
Coca Cola

E-Books

Brent Gleeson E-book - From the Battlefield to the Boardroom

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In order to provide you and your team with the best content possible, Brent offers a series of eBooks on topics ranging from leadership and building high-performance teams to building trust, communication, and accountability in your organization. The philosophies embodied in these eBooks are founded on the battle-tested principles used by US Navy SEALs. Brent translates these winning strategies into easily adopted tools for any organization.

Download Business Leadership Success: Part 1 & 2

Coming Soon: Managing Organizational Change

Coming Soon: Building an Accountability Culture

Brent’s writings

Inc

May 25, 2016 — by Brent Gleeson

3 Steps for Envisioning the Win and Exceeding Your Goals
Athletes do it before the big game. Soldiers do it before stepping onto the battlefield. [READ MORE]

May 24, 2016 — by Brent Gleeson

Lead, Prioritize and Win: Overcoming Traditional Leadership Challenge
Business leaders sometimes make the assumption that if they have succeeded as a leader... [READ MORE]

May 21, 2016 — by Brent Gleeson

5 Ways to Improve Leadership Communication
In the Navy SEAL teams, there are three things we must do perfectly to be effective operators. [READ MORE]

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Forbes

June 29, 2016 — by Brent Gleeson

5 Reasons Why There are No Bad Teams, Just Bad Leaders
This is a common theme in the military and a philosophy embraced by good leaders. [READ MORE]

June 21, 2016 — by Brent Gleeson

Communicating Under Pressure: How Leaders Can Be Calm and Effective No Matter What
Communicating under pressure is a critical leadership component learned very early on during... [READ MORE]

June 2, 2016 — by Brent Gleeson

Great Leaders Learn to Fail Without Becoming a Failure
There are no perfect leaders, which means failures and mistakes are inevitable. [READ MORE]

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