This week on Acta Non Verba Mark Hardie discusses stoic philosophy, the importance of preparation and leading by example, and the commando spirit. Listen in as Mark and I explore the significance of cheerfulness and self-reliance in challenging situations, as well as the importance of values and virtues in businesses. Mark also shares his personal experience working with grieving families and how stoicism helped him cope. We discuss the importance of training and preparation for dealing with adversity and the impact of pressure on human performance. Finally, Mark emphasizes the need for continuous adaptation and learning, as well as creating an environment where learning and improvement are prioritized over blame and punishment.
Mark Hardie is a former Royal Marines Commando and the author of Think Like a Marine – Anticipate – Adapt – Achieve. He has an exceptional background rooted in a military family, where he experienced a childhood marked by frequent relocations between various bases and schools throughout the United Kingdom due to his father’s service as a British soldier. At the age of 25, he embarked on a remarkable journey by joining the Royal Marines as an officer, dedicating nearly two decades of his life to the armed forces. His service included significant contributions in Commando units during the post-9/11 era. Throughout his tenure, Mark provided vital support to casualties from Iraq and Afghanistan, displaying unwavering dedication. You can learn more about Mark at thinklikeamarine.com.