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Jeff Eschliman: From Combat to the Boardroom Lessons in Leadership Development

Episode 87

About Jeff Eschliman: Jeff Eschliman is an executive coach with 30 years of experience from combat in Iraq to the corporate boardroom. Personal development, consistency, and a tenacious work ethic are hallmarks of Jeff’s leadership style. Jeff communicates a crystal clear vision and bold expectations with his collaborative approach.

Jeff is a sought-after expert for building and scaling results-driven teams. He believes hiring the right people, equipping them with the tools they need to be successful, and then holding them accountable for results is the secret to exceptional business success. He knows creating culture through attracting top talent, intentional onboarding, and rigorous top-grading are critical for winning with people.

Jeff believes in helping you find the same harmony in your life that he creates for his clients by using his zen-for-success model. Through his system of careful planning and continual reflection, he’s able to slow down the chaos of modern life. Guided by his one-page strategic plan for life, Jeff helps bring your vision for the future into an actionable methodical plan where success and harmony coexist.


In this episode, Jordan and Jeff discuss:

  • Becoming well led

  • Zen for success

  • Pause and assess

  • The secret to leadership

Key Takeaways

  • Your journey to leadership starts with learning to become well-led. If you are not teachable, cooperative, or accountable, then you will lack the resources and experiences that would have made you into a great and effective leader.

  • Every part of our life wants a little piece of our time and when we keep letting people take, without giving ourselves any care, then we’ll end up burning out. Slow down the chaos, check out so that you can check-in.

  • Instead of putting out fires all the time, slow down and find out who’s holding the matches. Which parts of the process are the most prone to danger? There will be three buckets in your organization, and the goal is to move each bucket higher than where it is.

  • The secret to leadership is that there’s no secret. You’ve got to work hard and align with the mission and vision of the organization. Focus on getting the right people on the team, who apply the team’s core values.

“Learning how to work with people, learning how to be well led, I think is an important part of leadership in general” — Jeff Eschliman

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Jordan Goldrich

Your host, Jordan Goldrich, grew up in a loud New York family and once lost an executive position because of his style. He is co-author of the Amazon Best Seller, Workplace Warrior®: People Skills For The No-Bulls**t Executive, Chief Operations Officer, Master Corporate Executive Coach, and Licensed Clinical Social Worker. His guests are part of his international network of Workplace Warrior® executives, master corporate executive coaches, and thought leaders. Each guest will engage you in conversation about their successes, mistakes, and solutions. You will get strategies for being completely authentic, while you fulfill your commitment to your organization, build positive relationships, and take performance to an even higher level.

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