Saturday, July 16, 2022

Colonel Tanya Peacock, Commander, BG Crawford F. Sams Army Health Clinic/MEDDAC-Japan


Today’s guest is my friend and former colleague, Colonel Tanya Peacock. Colonel Peacock has had a fascinating career from being a medevac pilot flying black hawks to being the vice provost of the Army Medical Department’s facility for training the majority of medical specialties in the Army, to being the Commander of the BG Crawford F. Sams Army Health Clinic in Camp Zama Japan.

In this podcast, Colonel Peacock shares her career journey, what it was like to command a military clinic in a foreign country during a pandemic, and we conclude with advice for emerging leaders.

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Topics Discussed

Army Health Clinic BG Crawford Sams-Camp Zama

U.S. Army Medical Center of Excellence

US Army Medical Service Corps

Wednesday, June 15, 2022

Tyler Jamison, PhD, UNH Human Development and Family Studies

Today’s guest is my colleague Dr. Tyler Jamison, associate professor of Human Development and Family studies here at the University of New Hampshire. Tyler is an expert in the field of young adult romantic relationships. I asked Tyler to join me today because romantic relationships are an important part of health and leading a meaningful and fulfilling life. 

In this podcast we talk about how Tyler came to study emerging adults and romantic relationships, what emerging adulthood is, and ultimately how leaders should understand that emerging adults have unique needs particular to their life-stage. 

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Topics Discussed

Tyler Jamison home page

UNH Department of Human Development and Family Studies

Assembly Required - Prof. Jamison's blog on Psychology Today

Article: Relationship form and function: Exploring meaning-making in young adults' romantic histories

Article: Identifying a Typology of Emerging Adult Romantic Relationships: Implications for Relationship Education

Article: Feeling Stuck: Exploring the Development of Felt Constraint in Romantic Relationships

Miami University

University of Missouri - Human Development and Family Science

Tuesday, March 15, 2022

Major General David Rubenstein, FACHE, US Army, Retired

In this podcast I had the honor of interviewing Major General (retired) David Rubenstein. Among the many duties of his career, General Rubenstein was the commander of the Army Medical Department Center and School, which was the unit where I was an instructor before I retired from the Army, and he was also the chief of the Medical Service Corps, the Army branch that I served in for 23 years. Although I did not work directly with him on active duty, I can say that General Rubenstein was one of the most respected Medical Department generals I knew of during my career. While I only saw him at a distance while we were on active duty, over the last several years I have had the opportunity to get to know him post-retirement through our mutual interest in health administration education, and we had corresponded regularly about my RWL newsletter, so it was a real pleasure to get to interview him about his remarkable career. 

In the interview, we cover a wide range of career topics from what makes a lieutenant successful, to what makes a colonel successful, and what it is like to lead at all of those stages, as well as to lead as a flag officer. MG Rubenstein also talks about keeping work and family balanced. We spend the last portion of the interview talking about life after the military, and I put MG Rubenstein on the spot by asking him to talk about what it means to lead a worthy life. 

There is a lot in the podcast not only for a military audience, but anyone who strives to high levels of success in their career and personal life. 

(MG Rubenstein promotion one of my students in 2011 - her husband couldn't be there, so he was on FaceTime)

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Podcast Outline (full interview version)

0:02:38 intro

0:04:08 coming to the army - first generation college

0:05:21 physical therapy - the road not taken

0:09:08 the Army of the late 70's

0:14:32 committing to 20 years

0:17:14 summarizing first 10 years

0:20:43 the core lesson learned

0:24:23 how do early careerists distinguish themselves as high potential

0:28:04 where did he learn his early leadership lessons

0:30:42 the Army-Baylor program 

0:39:42 transitioning to healthcare administration

0:42:38 field grade years - alternating between brick-and-mortar and the field

0:47:02 do we move people too often in the military?

0:51:12 mentoring advice to field grade officers

0:54:36 managing his career through field grade onward

0:59:16 "how do I become a GO?"

1:05:47 importance of managing the system for your own advancement

1:08:42 "sceret sauce" - listening, learning

1:13:10 facilitative leadership

1:16:24 how many generals in the Army?

1:19:10 leading as a general - scale and scope

1:26:45 role of Chief of the Medical Service Coprs

1:28:23 what was challenging/surprising about the GO level leadership

1:30:22 career discussions with high-potential field grade officers

1:33:22 advice to his younger self - "Rubenstein's 14 words"

1:37:56 balancing family and a high demand career

1:44:17 preparing to retire

1:46:51 separating from the military after 35 years

1:50:07 post-military career - want to do, need to do

1:52:40 teach, talk, and travel

2:00:02 a life worth living

2:06:00 a life's legacy

Topics Discussed

Tuesday, February 1, 2022

Seoka Salstrom, PHD, Founder & Director, Hanover Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapies


Today’s guest is Dr. Seoka Salstrom, Founder & Director of the Hanover Center for Cognitive Behavioral Therapies, in Hanover, NH. Seoka has a phd in clinical psychology and specializes in evidence-based behavioral health interventions, with a special interest in anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders. In this podcast we discuss how she grew up in a house without electricity, how she found her way to psychology through a vision quest, her rigorous training in clinical psychology, and how she has founded not one but two successful practices, and finally what her long-term goals are in building a behavioral health practice in rural New Hampshire. 

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Podcast Outline
Time        Topic
0:01:33 growing up in West Virginia - "back to the land"
0:05:53 choosing psychology
0:07:44 vision quest
0:11:39 U of GA for Clinical Psychology
0:13:54 PHD training as a clinical psychologist
0:16:50 interest in trauma research
0:19:12 pre-doctoral internship
0:22:53 post-doctoral fellowship
0:26:28 gaining licensure as a clinical psychologist
0:27:07 Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science (RFUMS), Chicago
0:29:15 going into private practice
0:34:15 anxiety and obsessive-compulsive disorders
0:39:00 why she likes to treat anxiety and OCD
0:42:12 co-founding the Chicago Cognitive Behavioral Treatment Center
0:45:12 experience of being a founder/entrepreneur
0:48:15 what made the practice successful?
0:49:17 leaving Chicago for Vermont
0:56:54 an evolving vision of the next stage
0:58:58 founding the Hanover Center of Cognitive Behavioral Therapies
1:03:38 comparing HCCBT to prior practice
1:09:20 services at HCCBT
1:11:59 growth plans for HCCBT
1:15:25 developing a fund to create more equitable access to mental health care
1:19:33 generic advice for maintaining good mental health
1:24:17 the value of a multi-week backpacking trip

Topics Discussed

Monday, January 3, 2022

Anita Tucker, PhD, MSW, LICSW, Department of Social Work, University of New Hampshire


Today’s guest is my colleague Dr. Anita Tucker, professor of Social Work, and associate director of the Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare (OBH) Center here at the University of New Hampshire. She is also a co-author of the recent textbook, Adventure Group Therapy: An Experiential Approach to Treatment. Anita was an early practitioner of adventure group therapy in the Social Work field, and through her research she has been a leader in developing the practice. 

In this podcast we talk about Anita’s journey to the field of Social Work, and specifically adventure group therapy. We conclude with a discussion of the Facilitated Wave Theory that is the basis for her recent book, Adventure Group Therapy, An Experiential Approach to Treatment .

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Podcast Outline
Time        Topic
0:01:31 growing up in the outdoors
0:05:31 undergaduate at Dartmouth - political science (government)
0:09:14 Club Med to Chicago
0:14:44 working as a paralegal, discovering a desire to help marginalized people
0:17:08 starting an Masters in Education
0:18:31 switching to Social Work, going into the wild
0:23:08 Masters in Social Work at U of Michigan
0:26:20 social work approach vs. psychodynamics
0:31:31 what is an LICSW
0:33:59 first exposure to adventure therapy
0:35:47 stepping stones and adventure tools
0:41:51 learning to be an adventure therapist - Project Adventure
0:43:32 starting PhD studies
0:47:10 Adventure therapy in social work- bringing it to the mainstream
0:52:25 why therapy?
0:55:15 hardest thing about becoming a therapist
0:57:48 when did she know she was a therapist
1:00:24 group vs. individual therapy
1:03:59 when is adventure therapy appropriate
1:13:38 role of the therapist in adventure therapy
1:15:25 facilitated wave
1:29:42 current role at UNH

Topics Discussed

M.S.W. Social Work, University of Michigan

Ph.D. Social Work, Boston College

Monday, November 15, 2021

Andrew Calkins, CEO of Sage Family of Companies

Today’s guest is Andrew Calkins, the CEO of Sage Family of Companies. Andrew has extensive experience as a healthcare executive in a wide range of healthcare delivery organizations including long-term care, hospice, home health, and outpatient mental health. In this podcast, we talk about how he went from a clerk in the mailroom to managing complex, geographically dispersed organizations. Andrew’s career journey put him in contact with several private equity firms as he went through numerous mergers and acquisitions. We talk about what it is like to lead through a sale, and we talk about how private equity operates. I think one of the key take-aways from Andrew’s story, especially for early careerists, is how important professional reputation is, and how important it is to build a strong professional network. 

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Interview Outline

0:01:50 Fitchburg State, 1st Gen College 
0:04:11 transitioning into finance 
0:12:55 building positions around good people 
0:14:08 working in a start-up LTC organization 
0:15:58 what had he learned in his early career 
0:19:30 changes in payment forced rapid change in LTC 
0:21:01 cost plus to PPS 
0:23:38 becoming a CFO for an LTAC 
0:31:18 becoming CEO of the LTAC 
0:37:35 bringing the LTAC to market
0:40:46 joining another start-up
0:43:12 cultivating personal professional networks
0:53:23 switching to the acquisition side
0:54:12 pediatric home care and private equity ownership
1:04:13 Community Intervention Services
1:08:35 difference between managing in LTC to outpatient mental health
1:11:30 CEO of Sage Family of Companies
1:12:22 about private equity
1:20:58 organizational effectiveness
1:21:40 how has his leadership thinking evolved
1:22:47 growing young leaders
1:24:57 how to establish yourself professionally
1:27:24 where does satisfaction come from?

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Thursday, July 15, 2021

Dr. Neil Meehan, Chief Physician Executive, Exeter Health Resources

Today’s guest is Dr. Neil Meehan, the Chief Physician Executive of Exeter Health Resources. Dr. Meehan is a board-certified Emergency Medicine physician, and was the driving force behind the creation of the New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development Program, a joint effort between the New Hampshire Medical Society, the New Hampshire Hospital Association, and the University of New Hampshire. 

In this podcast we discuss Dr. Meehan’s own journey from living in a music studio above a peanut butter factory through medical school, residency, and his own development as a physician leader. We discuss in detail what the medical school and residency experiences are like because the New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development Program has a unique flavor based on Dr. Meehan’s own experience of medical training, as well as his observations about how physician training creates some specific challenges for physicians who want to transition from lead clinician to clinician-leader. 

I have been part of the Physician Leadership program since its inception, so it was fun to talk with Neil and capture some of the stories and insight I have heard him share over the last few years.

(In the abridged version I drop our discussion of medical school and residency, but the discussion around leadership remains.)


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Full-length interview (85 min)


 Abridged interview (45 min)





Links to Topics Discussed:

Exeter Hospital 

Core Physicians

New Hampshire Physician Leadership Development Program