#239: Future of Team Rubicon with Marine Veteran Jake Wood, Former Sniper, Veterans Coalition for Vaccinations
Borne the Battle
This week's episode of Borne the Battle features Marine Corps Veteran and entrepreneur Jake Wood, co-founder of Team Rubicon.Wood's post-military story began on January 12, 2010, when a devastating magnitude 7.0 earthquake ravaged Haiti, killing and injuring hundreds of thousands and displacing over a million people. Several thousands of miles away, in Los Angeles, the recently separated Iraq and Afghanistan combat Veteran was waiting for his graduate school admissions results and turned on the television. Seeing the crisis in Haiti unfold, Wood thought that it would be a waste to not put his military training to use by helping with the humanitarian relief efforts. He called eight Veterans to join him, and together, they headed off to Haiti. It was during their service in Haiti that Wood and his group came up with the ideas that led to the creation of Team Rubicon.Under Wood’s leadership, Team Rubicon went from an 8-person idea to an acclaimed nonprofit with over 140,000 volunteers across America. The organization has deployed 790+ operations to provide humanitarian relief for disasters around the world. Most recently, Team Rubicon spearheaded a partnership with five other Veterans’ organizations to help Veterans leverage their unique skills and experiences to help with the American vaccination effort.And though Team Rubicon is thriving under his leadership, Wood announced his intention to step down as the organization’s CEO in March 2021. He argues that “organizations, if they are not evolving, they are slowly dying.” Hoping for new hands and fresh ideas to keep Team Rubicon running, Wood picked his COO, Art delaCruz, to be Team Rubicon’s next CEO.With his organization in trusted hands, Wood plans to focus on his other interests. Most recently, he found joy in writing and published his well-received book, “Once a Warrior,” a story of his life’s journey written to inspire other Veterans to discover their purpose after taking the uniform off.From the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan to humanitarian frontlines, Wood has navigated some of the world’s most complex environments. Don't miss out on his story by listening to this episode of Borne the Battle.Borne the Battle Veteran of the Week:Army Veteran “Cap’n Jim” McMahan.Additional Links: Veterans get new chance to serve on vaccination campaign Wood’s successor for CEO at Team Rubicon, Art delaCruz, was interviewed by Borne the Battle in 2017. Click here to learn more about delaCruz and his life’s story. Wood mentioned that the VA Home Loan Guaranty allowed him to buy a home that he “had no right to afford.” Check out this BtB episode to learn more about how a VA Home Loan might benefit you.
When Marine sniper Jake Wood arrived home in the States after two brutal tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, he wasn't leaving war behind him. Ten years after returning home, Jake's unit lost more men to suicide than to enemy hands overseas. He watched in horror as his best friend and fellow Marine, Clay Hunt, plunged into depression upon returning, stripped of his purpose, community, and sense of identity. Despite Jake's attempts to intervene, Clay died by suicide, alone.Reeling, Jake remembered how only one thing had given Clay a measure of hope: joining him in Haiti on a ragtag mission to save lives immediately following the 2010 earthquake. His military training had rendered him unusually effective in high-stakes situations. He wondered if there was a way to help communities in crisis, often in the wake of natural disasters, while providing a new mission to veterans? With that, he built on the early missions to co-found the now-iconic Team Rubicon, a disaster relief organization with over 140,000 volunteers that drop into locations around the world to battle hurricanes, tornados, wildfires, pandemics, and civil wars, while reconnecting with a sense of purpose along the way. In this inspiring memoir, Once a Warrior: How One Veteran Found a New Mission Closer to Home (https://amzn.to/3dt5qkt), Jake recounts this extraordinary journey.You can find Jake Wood & Team Rubicon at:Website : https://teamrubiconusa.org/Instagram : https://www.instagram.com/teamrubicon/Check out our offerings & partners: Organifi: Made with whole food, organic ingredients and less than 3g of sugar, Organifi superfood blends match convenience with taste. Go to organifi.com and use code GOODLIFE for 15% off any item in the store.Peloton: Access high-energy workouts, instantly. Discover Peloton: streaming fitness classes to you live and on-demand. Get started on your Peloton journey today and download the Peloton app from now through January 31, 2021 for a two-month free trial.Sleep Number: Adjustable Firmness, Comfort And Support On Each Side. And now, save 50% on the Sleep Number 360® Limited Edition smart bed. Plus, special financing on all smart beds. For a limited time, only at Sleep Number stores or sleepnumber.com/GOODLIFE
Jake Wood is decorated combat Marine Corps veteran and non-profit executive. He is the co-founder of Team Rubicon and was the 2018 Pat Tillman Award for Service ESPY. He is also the author of Take Command: Lessons in Leadership: How to Be a First Responder in Business, and his new book "Once a Warrior: How one veteran found a new mission closer to home" @jakewoodtr @teamrubicon https://www.amazon.com/Once-Warrior-Veteran-Mission-Closer/dp/0593189353 Mike Simpson has served over three decades in the military as an Airborne Ranger, a Special Forces Operator, and finally as a Doctor of Emergency Medicine assigned to the Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC). Throughout his career, Mike has deployed to 17 different countries, from counter-narcotics operations in the jungles of South America, to the Global War on Terror (GWOT) in Southwest Asia and North Africa. Along the way, Mike has been trained as a demolitions expert, SWAT Sniper, High Altitude Low Opening (HALO) parachutist, civilian paramedic, Special Forces Medic, Operations and intelligence Sergeant, and finally, a board certified Emergency Medicine Physician. Mike is also a martial arts enthusiast, who trains in Brazilian Jiu Jitsu and Muay Thai. His passion for martial arts motivated him to become a practicing fight doctor. As one of the foremost experts in both tactical trauma medicine and combat sports medicine, Mike is highly sought after as a lecturer and instructor, working extensively with Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) fighters, law enforcement, and military organizations providing medical care and training. He co-stars on Hunting Hitler on the History Channel. Email: email@example.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DoctorMikeSimpson/ Instagram: @drmikesimpson Website: https://drmikesimpson.com Shop affiliates: https://drmikesimpson.com/new-page-1 Supplements: https://onnit.com/motw (Save 10% on every purchase when you use this page) Nutrition: https://www.freshly.com/subscriptions/1807965?clickid=SREyh7XScxyJTlPwUx0Mo3cTUknxrzxsKVe91A0&irgwc=1&utm_campaign=usa_plans_all-d_all-p_acq_cpa_Michael%20Simpson_&utm_medium=affiliate&utm_source=ignite&affsrc=1&utm_term=paid-affiliate&plan_id=422&promo_code=rad40 Merchandise: https://rangerup.com/collections/doc-simpson promo code: MOTW15 (Save 15%)
Jake Wood: Stories of Service in Iraq and Afghanistan
Warriors In Their Own Words | First Person War Stories
Jake Wood tells stories from his service in Iraq and Afghanistan.Jake is currently the CEO and co-founder of Team Rubicon, a disaster relief organization that retrains military veterans to deploy as emergency responders. He is also a Marine Corps combat veteran. He enlisted in the Corps in 2005 and deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan with the 2nd Battalion - 7th Marine Regiment, which suffered some of the highest casualties of any unit during their deployments. Learn more about Jake’s organization Team Rubicon and find them on Twitter at @TeamRubicon. Find Jake himself on Twitter at @JakeWoodTR. Jake’s memoir, Once A Warrior, is out now.
Jake Wood, veteran and CEO of Team Rubicon, talks about his new memoir, the value of veterans serving in disaster relief, and the power of vulnerability in leaders. Learn more about Jake’s organization Team Rubicon and find them on Twitter at @TeamRubicon. Find Jake himself on Twitter at @JakeWoodTR. His memoir, Once A Warrior: How One Veteran Found a New Mission Closer to Home, is out now. Learn more about your ad choices. Visit megaphone.fm/adchoices
391: Jake Wood - How To Accept Risk, Get Candid Feedback, & Love Your Team
The Learning Leader Show With Ryan Hawk
Text LEARNERS TO 44222 Full show notes at www.LearningLeader.com Twitter/IG: @RyanHawk12 Episode #391: Jake Wood - CEO of Team Rubicon Notes: Sustaining Excellence = Integrity - "I've been honored to serve with leaders who have high integrity." Initiative - Be proactive, take action Tenacity - The ability to overcome Enthusiasm - Bring energy to your environment What Jake learned from his Dad: "I feel lucky. He worked his way up with an untraditional resume. He worked his ass off." "He had this industrious nature and worked so hard." Giving the commencement speech at the University of Wisconsin "Our words (as leaders) matter." "None of life experiences went according to plan. And that's okay..." Being the point man -- It means, “When you walked a patrol, you walked first. If there was a landmine or booby trap in the road, you would be the first man to step on it. Initially, you walked in perpetual fear… There were intersections you had to cross where you would close your eyes and clench your teeth, but you never stopped pressing on.” "Leadership is about love. You need to have a deep understanding of WHO your team is as people. Always think, 'how can I help them?' When they know they're loved by you, they'll feel safe. When they feel safe, that leads to courage." Clay Hunt -- "We went to sniper school together... He was a good Marine. When I got paired up with him, I was told, 'you are nothing without this partner.'" He didn’t kill himself because of what happened to him in Iraq and Afghanistan. He killed himself because of what he lost when he came home: Purpose, Self-Worth, and Community. Since 2012, more service members have died by suicide than in combat. "Purpose is a universal human need." The Acceptance of Risk: In Blackjack, there is a correct move for every interaction. When you have 16 and the dealer has a face card, you should hit. There is a 32% chance you win if you hit. There is a 26% chance you win if you stay. And yet, people stay. They haven't come to grips with the risk. They'd rather sit back and try not to lose instead of taking the correct step. As a leader, you have to accept the risk, understand it, and press on. The WHO -- "Surround yourself with realists who offer you candid feedback." What does Jake look for when hiring a leader? They must demonstrate they can overcome hardship Ability to persevere Industrious "I'll take passion over talent any day." The Haiti Earthquake in 2010. 100,000 people instantly died. 100,000 more died within the next 25 days. Jake felt compelled to go there to help. Thus the beginning of Team Rubicon Winning the Pat Tillman award. "It was a huge honor. Pat was why I joined the Marine Corps." His process to deliver the speech... "The producers wanted to take out the part of the speech that resonated most with people... The ending: Know your neighbor, love your neighbor, help you neighbor." Speechwriting/Communication skill: "A company is nothing more than a story." Treat your people like characters in the story. READ a lot of books. General Jim Mattis said, "There is a moral responsibility for leaders to read. If you have not read 100's of books, you're functionally illiterate." Vision - You need to convince your team you can take them to places they didn't know they could go. Book: ONCE A WARRIOR It's the 10 year anniversary for Team Rubicon... It's time to memorialize it. "America needs to find inspiration. The book finishes with hope. It's life's most essential virtue."
Today Mark talks with Jake Wood about his experiences with leadership, the Marine Corps, and the founding of Team Rubicon—the disaster relief team made largely of former military members. He is also the author of the upcoming book called Once a Warrior: How One Veteran Found a New Mission Closer to Home. Hear how: True leadership is love—leadership means you always have a stake in the lives of the people you’re leading There are different kinds of courage and while physical courage is what we generally think of, moral courage is also completely integral Team Rubicon serves as an inspiration for Americans, but how we respond to disasters is our choice alone Listen to this conversation to find out more about leadership and finding your mission in life during these VUCA times.
There Was No Playbook for This” -- Jake Wood, CEO of Team Rubicon, on How He Scaled a Global Nonprofit of 130,000 Veteran Volunteers to Help with Disaster Relief
The Staffing Show
In this episode, David Folwell, President of StaffingHub, and Caitlin Delohery, Editor-in-Chief, talk to Jake Wood. Jake Wood is the CEO of Team Rubicon, a global nonprofit he co-founded in 2010. Team Rubicon serves communities by mobilizing veterans to continue their service, leveraging their skills and experience to help people prepare, respond, and recover from disasters and humanitarian crises. In this episode, we talk about Wood’s forthcoming book, Once a Warrior: How One Veteran Found a New Mission Closer to Home, which has already received wide acclaim. Simon Sinek said it “will inspire you to want to be a better human being.” Chris Sacca, investor, self-made billionaire, and frequent co-host of Shark Tank, said “Ever notice that the best business books aren’t business books? This is one of those books.” To support the work Team Rubicon does, click here.
Best of TNQ Podcast: Jake Wood - Co-Founder of Team Rubicon, U.S. Marine Veteran, Pat Tillman Award for Service Winner
Team Never Quit
Ever wonder what happens when the fight is over and a soldier puts his rifle down for the last time? In this episode, you'll hear the story of Jake Wood, a Marine who now doesn't just serve his country, but serves his fellow man throughout the world when disaster strikes. The co-founder of Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization made up of over 100,000 ex-military volunteers who travel to assist wherever disasters occur, shares his desire to make the world a better place by never quitting his service. Hear his viewpoint on how things aren't always hunky-dory and what to do when there is no playbook. You'll soon find yourself wanting to restore your sense of purpose and be a part of something bigger than yourself.