Hey Chaplain

019 - Read to Lead II: Joe Grasela

January 17, 2022 Jared Altic
Hey Chaplain
019 - Read to Lead II: Joe Grasela
Show Notes

Today we return to the subject of developing leadership skills through reading great books.  I'm a big believer in the idea that we should "think before we speak and we should read before we think."  Reading good books is critical to building up good leaders.  In an age where many people don't read books hardly at all anymore, let me encourage you to invest time in reading.  It's a good way to relax, it engages the brain and specifically the imagination in a way that video never can.  And if you don't think you can sit down with a book without falling asleep, at least try an audio book and listen to it while you exercise.

My guest today is Captain Joe Grasela.  Joe was recommended to me by one of his co-workers and the guest on my last book review episode, Keith Falkner.  He told me that Joe was also an avid reader and enthusiastic about learning from history, and that was just about the perfect description.  In addition, Joe is also a big fan of podcasts, so this was an easy sell to get him to contribute to the show.

Today you'll hear him recommend three books covering a variety of topics from Mountain Climbing to the Civil War to the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl.  Listen to how he draws out leadership lessons from those stories that reflect on his law enforcement background.  I'll add in a couple books as well and I'll leave a list of all of the books in the show notes.  


Books mentioned in this episode:

  • Into Thin Air by Jon Krakauer
  • Grant by Ron Chernow
  • Vicksburg is the Key by William L. Shea & Terrance J. Winschel
  • Vicksburg by Donald L. Miller
  • Masters of the Air by Donald L. Miller 
  • Waterloo by Bernard Cornwell
  • Midnight in Chernobyl by Adam Higginbotham


Also recommended:

  • Vicksburg 1863: Grant clears the Mississippi by Alan Hankinson
  • Staff Ride Handbook for the Vicksburg Campaign, December 1862-July 1863, by Christopher R. Gabel


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Music is by Chris Haugen from the YouTube Audio Library and by Winking Fox Music from Pixebay.

Hey Chaplain Podcast Episode 019