Get to Know

Alden Mills

 

Alden grew up on a small farm, in a small town in central Massachusetts. His first dream was to graduate from the United States Naval Academy and attended Navy SEAL training. 

He became a nationally-recognized rower—as a gold medalist in the Olympic Festival, then as Captain of the freshman and varsity teams at the US Naval Academy. Then he served with distinction as a Navy SEAL platoon commander no less than three times. And after his time as a Navy SEAL, Alden became an entrepreneur, leading his first company to $90 million in sales in just three years, becoming an Inc. 500 CEO.

How did he do it all?  Through persistence. That’s right, Alden learned that if he could become fully committed to driving change each and every day, he would achieve significantly better outcomes.  Alden was particularly persistent about learning from his failures.

He has codified his most successful leadership practices in a framework called C.A.R.E.—detailed in his latest book, Unstoppable Teams:

Connect, and you’ll build trust.  Achieve more, and you’ll create direction.  Respect others, and you’ll build an environment of continuous contributions.  Empower others, and you’ll create ownership within your team.

To no one’s surprise, Alden’s motto is, “To lead is to serve—and to serve is to care.”  He believes success is available to everyone, not just a chosen few. And he believes that your potential is much greater than you know.

Start expanding your leadership impact today—and let Alden help you get #FiredUp and Be Unstoppable!

Leaders Listen to Learn

A good friend and classmate of mine in the Naval Academy, Steve Trainor, happens to run Google's executive training. He and I were having a conversation about what he emphasizes with all the executives of Google. The issue is how we listen, and it’s applicable to all...

Finding Opportunity in the Fog

In my speaking engagements—many of which have been virtual—I’ve talked about how far a six-foot-tall person can see if standing on top of a small boat in a calm sea. Most people are surprised that you can see no more than 3 miles before the curvature of the earth...

Song “It’s Up to You” by Alden Mills, Jamie Saylor and Tim Huffman

This post is a little bit different than the other ones that I’ve shared because, after all, I've only ever written one song in my life, and that's what I'm sharing with you today. If you’ve read Be Unstoppable, you might get a better understanding of the theme of the...