319 – Dave Berke: Retired Marine Corps Officer, Combat Vet, Fighter Pilot, Leadership Consultant

Dave Berke is a retired Marine Corps officer and combat veteran.

As an F/A-18 pilot, he deployed twice from the USS John C Stennis in support of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan.

He spent three years as an Instructor Pilot at TOPGUN where he was dual-qualified in the F-16 Fighting Falcon and served as the Training Officer, the senior staff pilot responsible for the conduct of the TOPGUN course.

He then served as an ANGLICO Forward Air Controller supporting the Army’s 1st Armored Division during extensive urban combat operations in Ramadi, Iraq in 2006.

He was the only Marine selected to fly the F-22 Raptor having served as an exchange officer at the Air Force’s 422nd Test and Evaluation Squadron as the Division Commander.

He became the first operational pilot ever to fly and be qualified in the F-35B, serving as the Commanding Officer of the Marine Corps’ first F-35 squadron from 2012-2014.

He earned his Master’s degree in International Public Policy from the Johns Hopkins School of Advanced International Studies with a concentration in Strategic Studies.

He is now a leadership consultant at Echelon Front.

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5:15 - How being a Marine Corps Aviator helped Dave become a rapid decision maker and getting "comfortable with being uncomfortable".
9:15 - How the high paced tactics of aviation and combat translate well into everyday life.
11:25 - The solutions toward leadership are simple to understand but are difficult to put into play because people don't like to take action. And when you take action you become accountable.
13:45 - Breaking the myth of more information and getting towards "just making timely decisions and taking action."
14:30 - The myth of perfection and the folly of pursuing it.
17:24 - The power of "embracing your mistakes & failures" and confidently revealing your flaws.
21:45 - The strength of vulnerability & authenticity.
25:45 - The healthy aviation mindset of "complacency kills" & the requirements of having a humble teachable spirit.
28:50 - Taking action, knowing your limits, & pushing yourself to the razor-thin margins.
33:00 - The faulty view & beliefs of planning; it's not about the planning it's about the execution.
34:50 - How Dave met Jocko Willink in Ramadi and eventually started working with him at Echelon Front.
37:00 - The power of leadership and the mission of Echelon Front.

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