Episode #011: Kissing Your Inner Demon: Working Toward Peak Performance

Episode #011: Kissing Your Inner Demon: Working Toward Peak Performance

How to reach peak performance?

In this episode, we will talk about how to identify and “kiss” your inner demon. The “demon” is an analogy for the internal fears, negativity, and paralyzes that impair our ability to perform under pressure or adversity. Today we’re going to talk about how to get the most out of your talent and to help others do the same.

Join us for our Talent War Podcast #011 hosted by Psychologist Dr. Chris Frueh with guest Aric Gray, CEO Gray Ghost Solutions, US Army Special Forces, and panelists Fran Racioppi and Josh Johnson from Army Special Forces, and Navy SEAL Dan Luna.

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Dr. Chris Frueh
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Christopher Frueh, Ph.D. is a clinical psychologist, Professor of Psychology at the University of Hawaii, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX. He has thirty years of professional experience working with military veterans and active-duty personnel and has conducted clinical trials, epidemiology, historical, and neuroscience research, primarily with combat veterans. He has co-authored over 300 scientific publications, including historical analysis of U.S. Army suicides dating back to 1819 and a current graduate textbook on adult psychopathology. Professionally, he has worked with combat veterans since 1991 and devotes much of his time to the military special operations community. He has also published commentaries in the National Review, Huffington Post, New York Times, Time, and Washington Post; and has been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, The Economist, Washington Post, Scientific American, Stars and Stripes, USA Today, Men’s Health, and Los Angeles Times, among others. Under the pen name Christopher Bartley, he has also published nine novels, including THEY DIE ALONE and most recently, A SEASON PAST.

Fran Racioppi
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Francis Racioppi, CPP, CBCP, most recently led Genius Fund as the Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer, a vertically integrated cannabis company in Los Angeles, CA. Prior to Genius, Fran served as the Director of Global Security for Snapchat where he was recruited to professionalize and scale the security organization across the globe and among all business units. Fran holds an MBA from New York University and graduated with honors from Boston University with a BA in Journalism and a minor in Political Science. Fran served 13 years in the United States Army as a Green Beret, deploying three times to Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom and Operation New Dawn. A lifelong sailor, Fran volunteers teaching Veterans to sail as the Race Director for Sailahead a Veterans service organization dedicated to reducing the Veteran suicide rate. Fran has also served as the Treasurer of the United War Veterans Council, an NYC-based non-profit focused on the wellness and healing of transitioning veterans, as well as the host of the annual NYC Veterans Day Parade.

Joshua Johnson
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Joshua Johnson is a 32 year veteran of the U.S. Army, 20 of which as a Special Forces Soldier. Josh started his career as a Military Policeman and Paratrooper prior to earning his Green Beret. During his tenure in Special Forces, he served as a Medical Sergeant, Team Sergeant, Exchange Officer with the Australian Special Air Services Regiment, First Sergeant, and Sergeant Major. Josh has conducted combat operations in Afghanistan, Iraq, and the Philippines and has operational experience throughout Asia, Europe, and Central America. Capitalizing on his training experience, Josh now serves as the Director of Training and Leadership Development for West Shore Home.

Dan Luna
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Dan is a Certified Leadership Coach and Doctoral student. Dan is a retired US Navy SEAL, who served honorably for 20 years. He graduated with BUD/S Class 228, served at SEAL Team One and Naval Special Warfare Development Group. Dan’s leadership skills were refined while working at the U.S. Naval Academy and delivering competency-based leadership training. Dan has a Bachelor’s in Organizational Leadership from the University of Charleston, an Executive Master of Leadership and Graduate Leadership Coaching Certification from Georgetown University and he is currently working on a Doctorate in Organizational Change and Leadership from the University of Southern California.

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