Eric Kapitulik is a writer, well-respected leader, coach, founder & CEO of The Program, LLC, and author of "The Program : Lessons from Elite Military Units for Creating and Sustaining High Performance Leaders and Teams."
All of us are a part of teams at work and in our community. Even our families are teams. And most of us serve as both members and leaders of these teams. How then can we be our best in both roles?My guest today has spent his career gaining on-the-ground answers to this question through his experiences as a Marine and special operator in the military and a leadership trainer of corporate and athletic teams as a civilian. His name is Eric Kapitulik, and he's the founder of the team and leadership development company The Program and the co-author of a book with the same name.Today on the show Eric and I take a deep yet punchy dive into the keys of team and leadership development, and how these principles can be applied whether you're leading a family, a sports team, or a business. We begin our conversation discussing the biggest problems Eric sees in the teams he works with, why resolving most of these issues begins with the definition of core values, and how someone can figure out what their core values are. Eric then explains the difference between goals and standards and why teams should focus more on instilling standards and holding team members accountable to them. We then discuss the difference between being kind and being nice, why leading by example is insufficient, how Eric defines hard work, and the two excuses you need to eliminate from your life.Get the show notes at aom.is/theprogram.
Born and raised in Thompson, CT, Eric Kapitulik attended Pomfret Preparatory School, where he excelled as a three-sport varsity athlete. Upon graduation, Eric matriculated at the United States Naval Academy, where he was a four-year varsity letter player on the Division I Lacrosse team.After graduation in 1995, Eric went on to serve in the United States Marine Corps as both an Infantry Officer and Special Operations Officer with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, 1st Marine Division.As a Platoon Commander within his company, Eric led a team of 20 covert operations specialists on numerous Special Forces-related missions, including long-range reconnaissance patrols, hostage rescues, high-altitude jump exercises, ship takeovers and gas-oil platform takedowns.In 1999, during a routine training mission to prepare for an upcoming deployment to the Persian Gulf, Eric and his platoon were in a helicopter crash that resulted in the death of seven Marines.In response to this tragedy, Eric created the Force Reconnaissance Scholarship Fund to benefit the children of his fallen men.Eric left active duty after eight years of service and received his MBA from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 2005. He founded The Program in 2008.Eric holds himself to high standards and always strives to do ONE MORETM. He has participated in eight Ironman Triathlons, The Canadian Death Race Ultra Marathon, The Eco Challenge, and The American Birkebeiner Ski Marathon. He is also an avid mountaineer and has summited five of the Seven Summits (the highest peaks on each of the seven continents): Mt. Kilimanjaro, Mt. McKinley, Mt. Aconcagua, Mt. Elbrus, and, most recently, Mt. Everest.Learn More:http://www.theprogram.org/Influential Influencers with Mike Saundershttp://businessinnovatorsradio.com/influential-entrepreneurs-with-mike-saunders/
Our guest on this episode of Elevate with Robert Glazer is Eric Kapitulik, a well-known and well-respected leader, coach and teammate. He served in the United States Marine Corps as both an Infantry Officer and Special Operations Officer with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, 1st Marine Division. As a Platoon Commander within his company, Eric led a team of 20 covert operations specialists on numerous Special Forces-related missions. After leaving active duty, Erik founded The Program in 2008 with the sole purpose of developing better leaders and creating more cohesive teams. As a leadership trainer and coach, Eric and his team work with most of the top college sports teams in the country and well as leading businesses. Show Notes Eric’s journey to starting The Program and getting it to where it is today Bob’s experience meeting Eric and his team for the first time at one of The Program’s leadership trainings How you prove how good of a team leader and teammate you are Why most parent’s definition of failure is wrong What parents should be doing and saying to their kids to help them succeed
On today’s episode of RTP we talk with Eric Kapitulik. Kap is the Founder and CEO of The Program, with the goal of providing professional and collegiate athletic teams with the best leadership development and team building services in the country. Listen as we talk with Coach Kap about his experiences working overseas in the Marines, how to better develop effective communication skills with your players and coaches, and strategies for coaches to use to better develop leadership and ownership on your team, starting with yourself. You can follow Coach Kap on Twitter @erickapitulik6 and @theprogramorg.
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