Life After the Military - Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE

In this episode of Life After the Military, Howie and Lee talk with Ash Alexander-Cooper OBE. Ash, a highly accomplished leader in the United Kingdom Ministry of Defence, had a distinguished 21-year career that included special recognition with his appointment as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire.

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Ash shares his insights about the value of developing and leveraging a strong personal and professional network, the importance of creating and sustaining highly trusted relationships with colleagues and clients, and his strong desire to give back to those who serve our communities. He describes the work he does as a leadership and management consultant and talks passionately about The Unsung Heroes Foundation which he helped to found to give back to veterans and first responders.

Ash also talks passionately about the need to develop resilience by overcoming life’s daily challenges and the need to stay connected to others to help them in their times of need.



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Show notes

0:00 Lee opens the podcast

00:26 Lee introduces Ash

01:37 Ash talks how his military service shaped him

05:30 Ash describes how he prepared for and executed his transition from the British military and the value of networking

12:30 Ash reflects on things he may do differently to prepare for transition knowing what he knows now

18:00 Lee and Ash discuss some differences between the US and the British military and their treatment by the government

22:03 Ash describes the work he did as a leadership and management consultant and how he leveraged his extensive military experience and the need to be adaptable

29:24 Ash shares how he leveraged his network connections, the value of developing trusted relationships and describes the work he did for Palantir Technologies

34:03 Ash passionately talks about his desire to give back, support charitable organizations and the work he does with The Unsung Heroes Foundation

41:22 Ash describes the efforts he took to help evacuate Afghan translators and families from Afghanistan

47:04 Lee gives Ash his book title

48:25 Ash tells the story how he ran the London Marathon in a dinosaur costume to raise money for an Afghan charity

51:57 Ash talks about how he developed his mental strength and resiliency throughout his life and his focus on helping others overcome their challenges

1:00:54 Lee closes out the episode

Erin Washington finds balance with Squats & Margaritas

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Erin Washington shares with us her incredible story of discovering her best self mentally and physically once she changed her definition of healthy. In this episode, Erin shares how she went through this process and found her purpose in sharing her journey with others.

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0:00 Intro

1:57 Erin talks about what the term healthy means to her now as opposed to when she was young

4:25 Erin talks about her book and what it is all about and some of the reasons that made her write that book

10:17 Erin talks about some of the things that got her through when she was going through dark times

12:33 Erin talks about why she hid from people that she had an eating disorder and the impact it had on her life

16:01 Erin talks about the importance of sharing your secrets with other people that you feel might be shameful

19:34 Erin also talks about the importance of asking yourself if you are being true to yourself doing what you are doing

24:04 Erin talks about why you should do what makes you happy and not be bothered by what other people say

25:44 Erin talks about her brand Squats and Margaritas, how she came up with it and what’s its purpose is

33:10 Erin talks about why people need to focus on what’s working for them instead of what’s not working for them

37:05 Erin shares her thoughts on why people should have people to listen to them and guide them through like a therapist

40:25 Erin explains why people need to be real especially when it comes to the social media and the impact it will have on other people