People First is Mission Success

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The guest on this episode is U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Rebecca Ore. I have benefitted from her mentorship over the years, so it was such an honor to have her on the podcast to amplify her voice and wisdom. Rebecca Ore talks to us about the phenomenon of third culture kids, her international experience, and developing her guiding principles. We talk more about the power of those guiding principles, how to foster psychological safety, attract and retain the right talent. We further explore the idea of dissecting career development from leadership development that Adam Gierlach presented on a previous episode. Rebecca illustrates powerful leadership lessons all throughout the episode and models her first guiding principle of people first with a continual focus on feedback, creating curiosity, and constant learning. She closes with emphasizing that it is important to be excellent where you are at and to be authentically yourself. 

Rear Admiral Ore assumed the duties of Assistant Commandant for Intelligence (CG-2), in August 2022. As Head of Intelligence Community Element and Service Cryptologic Component Commander, she  provides strategic leadership for the Coast Guard Intelligence Program encompassing collection activities, analysis and production,  information technology and security functions for geospatial, signals and human intelligence.
In her previous assignment as Commanding Officer and Captain of the Port at Coast Guard Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach, she facilitated regional partnerships and led a team of 550 active duty, reserve and civilian personnel, and a 1,200 member volunteer Auxiliary workforce. Her team was responsible for safeguarding the marine transportation system flowing through the vital ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach. As the Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the Pipeline 00547 Response in October 2021, she led a team of 1,800 personnel to mitigate oil affecting northern Mexico and the counties of Orange and San Diego.

Rear Admiral Ore holds a Bachelor of Science from the U.S. Coast Guard Academy and a Masters of Public Administration from Princeton University’s School of Public and International Affairs. She is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a National Security Affairs Fellow of the Hoover Institution at Stanford University, and a German Marshall Fund Marshall Memorial Fellow. RDML Ore is certified as a Type 1 Incident Commander in the National Incident Management System.

German Marshall Fund Fellowship
Dr. Kyoung Mi Choi – Third Culture Kids: Individuals in Global Transition

Kim Scott – Radical Candor

Albert O. Hirschman – Exit Voice and Loyalty

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