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Hardcore Soft Skills Podcast

Jul 6, 2021

Today our focus will be not on the concept of skills but attributes. If you are a frequent listener of this podcast you know I really enjoy talking with current and former members of the military because they have great insights learned on the field which we can apply basically anywhere.

I was very happy to have this guest on the show to share his lessons as a Navy Seal Commander and which he captures in his book The Attributes (

Rich Diviney  draws upon over 20 years of experience as a Navy SEAL Officer where he completed more than 13 overseas deployments – 11 of which were to Iraq and Afghanistan. Since retirement a few years ago, Rich has worked as a speaker, facilitator, and consultant with the Chapman & Co Leadership Institute and Simon Sinek Inc. 

We talked about attributes and you will learn how he differentiates these from skills. The attributes he talks about are quite similar to those we address here  

These are grouped into the categories of mental acuity, drive, leadership, teamability and grit.

You can take the Attributes Assessment here:

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