Thursday, January 8, 2009

Rally Call for Questions for LCDR Tom Rancich

CM Teammates, here’s a rally call for anyone itching to ask a bonafide Bronze Star winning Navy SEAL any question they wish about most anything – you’ll be surprised at LCDR Rancich’s breadth of knowledge on all things large and small – give him your best shot!

Extra points for anyone that comments from North Dakota or Vermont – Hell, I could even be convinced to send you each a Get Ripped t-shirt! Post your questions here and Tom will answer next week.


Through his consulting firm, Off-Shore Consulting, Tom provides professional advice on leadership and team building, often as a motivational speaker, in addition to being an expert consultant to the entertainment industry. The YouTube clip shows some recent work for a production company.

Alden Mills and Tom Rancich served together in the Teams. Longtime “on-line” coach for Team Perfect, Tom blogs monthly on Charlie Mike.


Anonymous said...

What are your secrets?

Anonymous said...

I am sorry for being an asshole to you on your other post.

Joe G. said...

Okay, you said “most anything.” Here’s a question about SEALs.

Hi, Commander –

I have always wanted to know something about the SEAL community that is really none of my business (as noted weeks ago, I wasn’t even a Boy Scout), but I am a person who has been inspired beyond words by people such as you and your buddies. Years ago, I became friends with a man who was a POW in Vietnam for seven years. I did some volunteer work for him and I guess he took a liking to my wife and me. He was released in 1973 and eventually retired as an admiral, and is still alive and well, although elderly – he was in his 40s in prison. We remain friends in a long-distance sort of way, writing Christmas greetings – that sort of thing. Question: Do you guys all know this sort of person and his story, to the extent that you might even be able to guess who I’m talking about? I think of the SEALs as separate from the Navy, for obvious reasons, even though I know they are part of the Navy. You, Alden Mills, and people of your ilk have inspired millions of men around the world, in case you haven’t been told in the past 24 hours. This particular fellow basically changed my whole outlook on life. I hate name dropping, so I’ll withhold the name. The question is, do young SEALs still hold these people in high esteem, or do you think Vietnam was so long ago that they are mostly forgotten?

Thanks in advance.

- Joe G.

Nancy B. said...

Greetings and Happy New Year,
Any input on a way to motivate a 60year old plus person to get going? One bad knee,limited exercise time and a sense that "I am not as young as I used to be".(Did I mention the economy?)
Thank you for any input.

Nancy in NC said...

Hi Tom! First off, thank you. If it weren't for you and Alden, I'd probably still be sitting on the couch just thinking about exercising. But since you introduced Alden and his BodyRev on another board a few years back, I can now honestly say that I'm in better shape at 50 than I've ever been in before. Once I sucked it up, got started, and stuck with it, I became a believer. I'm still not the exercise fanatic Alden is, frankly I think his enthusiasm for pushups is a bit unnatural and scary :-), but I do some pushups now, although BodyRev is still my preferred workout.

So, you and Alden are obviously great motivators. SEALs are all about teamwork. I would never have started an exercise program without the external motivational push, or stuck with it without the initial reinforcement of the group. Any tips on team building and motivation? How do you take a group of individuals, with their own self interests and personal goals, and motivate them to work as a team? I'm not referring to exercise here, but more team building at work or in a civic club situation. Pretty broad question I know, but I have no doubt you can whittle it down to size. I always look forward to your posts.

Up My Mind said...

Hi Tom, Happy New Year!

I have to agree with Nancy in NC's post. I am definitely in the best shape I've been in for a decades.

You and Alden are great at inspiring. (But I'm still not convinced pushups are a reward!!!)

How do you put yourself first when it comes to exercise/being healthy?

I plan my time for REVing, going to the gym, etc, with the best of intentions. But someone always needs my help more...

Exercising is NOT my most favorite thing to do, so it's easier to go do something else.

Any advice? Inspiring words? Kicks in the rear end?


Anonymous said...

Which board was Nancy in NC introduced to it on?

Lisa A said...

Tom, I've asked a few, so if you only have time for one from everybody, chose your favorite...

What has been the best ( your favorite) question you were ever asked about being a SEAL ? Why ? What one thing would you like everybody to know that you've learned ? You done a lot of exercise in your life, what's your most favorite ? Why ? What have you learned from others asking you questions? Your Company, Alden's company they both have a higher purpose along with being an economic endeavor how did that come about ?

oklanannie said...

Happy New Year LCDR Rancich!

What guidance, encouragement or suggestions would you make to a young man with the goal of becoming a Navy Seal? He is in his junior year of college, an excellent student, 4-year swim team member and an all around top-notch young man. What criteria is the Navy looking for - i.e., what does it take to make it as a SEAL?

Anonymous said...

Having relatives that were in the military.

Joe G. said...

Hey Alden, Tom and Team Perfect members –

I just read the February issue of Consumer Reports (on newsstands now), which reviews a bunch of exercise products and makes a few favorable remarks about the Perfect Pushup and Pullup. Their praise is always muted, FYI, just in case you are not familiar with the ethos of CR. They understate things to the max, and I realize that is an oxymoron. For example, read what they say about the re-designed 2009 Acura TL, one of the hottest cars on the planet and the winner of their comparison test in that same magazine issue. Quote: “A nice car…we expect reliability for the new TL to be above average.”

Some years ago they said the Lamborghini Diablo was “quite fast,” an enlightening comment if ever there was one.

Are these guys geeks or what?

Bottom like for the Perfect products: RECOMMENDED.

Joe G. said...

Bottom line, I meant.

DebbieKinIL said...

HooYah New Year Tom!

How about answering 3 questions? (if you only have time for one from everybody, choose one)

1. What was the worst thing about being a SEAL?
2. Would you encourage your kids to try to become SEALs or to enter the Navy, if they showed interest?
3. Was it hard to transition from the Teams mentality to civilian life (individual goals),when you retired?

Thank you!

Anonymous said...

Tardy! Kiss the Indian!!