Mastering the Art of Influence: Insights from an FBI Master Spy Recruiter, Robin Dreeke

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In this episode, we dive deep into the heart of leadership, trust, and the nuanced world of human interaction. 

Drawing on experiences from his military service to his pivotal role in counterintelligence, our guest, Robin Dreeke, shares invaluable insights into developing confidence, the art of servant leadership, and the nuances of human interaction. Robin has mastered the craft of turning adversaries into allies and skepticism into trust.  Whether you’re an introvert looking to assert yourself or a seasoned leader seeking to refine your approach, this discussion offers lessons on forging unbreakable alliances, managing conflicts, recovering from loss of face, and navigating the complex dance of human interactions, while staying true to oneself and valuing the people around us. Get ready to be inspired, challenged, and empowered.

About the guest-

Robin is an Executive Coach, Best-Selling Author, Professional Speaker, Podcast Host, Marine Corps Officer, and retired FBI Special Agent / Chief of the Counterintelligence Behavioral Analysis Program. Robin has taken his life’s work of Recruiting Spies, Leading Marines, and Behavioral Assessment and created his unique Interpersonal Communication Strategies for Success in Recruiting Allies. Since 2010, Robin has been working with Executives, Corporations, Entrepreneurs, Military, and Law Enforcement in their pursuit of Forging Trust, Solving Challenges, and Leading. Whether it is newly promoted leaders, executives, sales teams, or customer relations, Robin has crafted his People Formula for quick measurable results and maximum success.

Shownotes -

00:00:00 – Introduction to the episode and our guest, Robin Dreeke

00:02:05 – Robin’s journey to becoming an FBI agent and a spy recruiter

00:07:10 – What it takes to be a good leader

00:09:02 – Robin’s four keys to effective communication

00:11:30 – Navigating new environments & the importance of matching tempo

00:14:30 – Areas of opportunity for GenZ

00:17:20 – Getting someone to open up and bond with you

00:19:40 – Achieving mutual trust despite conflicting interests

00:25:55 – When communication breaks down

00:29:00 – Making someone glad for having met you

00:34:55 – Managing & resolving emotionally provocative situations

00:36:50 – Advice for someone working with a difficult boss

00:40:20 – Responding to a public loss of face

00:46:00 – Balancing confidence with humility

00:53:00 – Spotting deception

00:57:40 – Advice for young adult

Resources + Guest Info

Robin Dreeke | Website

Robin Dreeke | YouTube

Robin Dreeke | Instagram

Robin Dreeke | LinkedIn

The Dichotomy of Leadership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Unreasonable Hospitality by Will Guidara

The Body Keeps the Score by Bessel van der Kolk

The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari by Robin Sharma

The Book of Joy by Dalai Lama, Desmond Tutu, and Douglas Abrams

Walter Issacson’s books

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