Piracy, Kidnapping, & The Most Famous Case of the Past 20 Years: A Discussion of the Captain Phillips Case
1:03:14Piracy, Kidnapping, & The Most Famous Case of the Past 20 Years: A Discussion of the Captain Phillips Case I was recently a guest on the “Great Trials” podcast. Great Trials is a wonderful podcast hosted by Steve Lowry and Yvonne Godfrey in which they discuss in details some of the most famous trials in the country. In this episode, we delve into the infamous Captain Phillips case. When the U.S. merchant ship the Maersk Alabama was hijacked by armed Somali pirates, it made worldwide news. When American Navy Seals rescued the crew, that also made national news. And when Tom Hanks made a movie about Captain Richard Phillips, the Hollywood publicity machine ensured that the situation was broadcast all over the world for years. Brian Beckcom and his law firm, VB Attorneys, uncovered the real story of Captain Phillips, including reckless conduct, negligent orders, and disregarding the directives of the United States Government and other Western powers. This is the true story of Captain Phillips, told by Brian Beckcom, the lawyer who represented the crew against Captain Phillips and the negligent shipping company, the lawyer who ultimately forced the companies to settle with his clients after years of denying any responsibility. And now I give you, the true story of the Maersk Alabama, told by the lawyer who won the case.
Artificial Intelligence & The Future of Work: A Conversation with Tobias Jensen
42:36I recently had the pleasure of speaking with Tobias Jensen, an expert in blockchain, AI, and other emerging technologies, for an episode of my podcast, Lessons From Leaders. Our wide-ranging conversation explored the potential impacts, both positive and negative, of technologies like large language models and chatGPT.While AI promises to augment human capabilities and transform entire industries, we also discussed crucial concerns around the concentration of power in big tech companies and the need for thoughtful regulation. Tobias drew insightful historical parallels to phenomena like the Microsoft monopoly and the Dutch tulip bubble.Some highlights of our discussion: The capabilities of AI versus uniquely human skills like fuzzy logic. While AI has speed advantages, human intelligence still excels at certain tasks. The rise of deep fakes and how blockchain could help verify authenticity by tying videos to a person's unique identifier. The intersection of tech and philosophy. Understanding the incentives and values encoded in algorithms is crucial. I invite you to listen to the full conversation, where we dive deeper into these important topics. As AI and other technologies continue advancing rapidly, podcast episodes like this one help us appreciate nuances, ask tough questions, and thoughtfully shape the future. And now I give you, Tobias Jensen.
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Elbows Tight: From The Courtroom To The Jiu-Jitsu Mats
1:11:58In this episode, I join Travis Motl on his show, the Elbows Tight Podcast. This is a podcast that is dedicated to all things Jiu-Jitsu, with hopes of informing existing practitioners and inspiring new ones. In this episode titled "From The Courtroom To The Jiu-Jitsu Mats", Travis and I discuss various topics that relate to jiu-jitsu including my preference for gi over no gi, the importance of insurance in the jiu-jitsu community, the significance of wearing matching jiu-jitsu uniforms, and how the practice of jiu-jitsu has impacted our personal and professional lives. Additionally, I provide insight into the legalities surrounding self-defense techniques and the risks involved in practicing jiu-jitsu. I share stories of those I have helped through my law firm's legal services and how I have convinced others to take up the sport.
The Power of Silence in a World of Noise: A Conversation with Leigh Marz and Justin Zorn
54:32Silence is one of the most powerful forces in the world. And yet, in a world that is constantly filled with noise and distractions, it's easy to overlook the importance of silence. My next guests are Justin Zorn and Leigh Marz, the co-authors of a fantastic book called "Golden: The Power of Silence in a World of Noise." In this episode, Justin, Leigh and I explore the many ways in which silence can be a valuable tool for personal growth and development, why silence is so important, and how sitting and just daydreaming is a super power. So sit back, relax, and let's dive into the power of silence.
Creating Complete Leaders: A Conversation with Caren Kenney
41:07Caren Kenney is the CEO and Founder of Evolve Leadership. Caren coaches and consults with C-suite executives, high level athletes, military officers, and other leaders. Before Evolve, Caren was part of the leadership team at Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, where she built and launched several health and wellness initiatives. Caren focuses on holistic leadership, meaning she focuses on the whole person, not just numbers or the “bottom line.” In the show, Caren and I talk about the importance of being a complete leader, how meditation, mindfulness, and other mental training can help executives and athletes succeed as leaders, why focusing on numbers only is a recipe for failure, and a whole lot more. And now I give you, Caren Kenney.
The Renegade Lawyers: A Conversation between Brian Beckcom & Ben Glass
51:23Next to my father and my high school basketball coach, Ben Glass has had as much influence as a mentor as any person in my life. When I had just started my law firm, I found Ben. Ben had run a successful law firm for many years and was starting a coaching and mentoring business to teach other lawyers how to run a successful business. Ben also gave me “permission” to live life on my own terms, as I see fit, which includes spending the summers with my kids in Colorado, the Christmas holidays on a beach in Maui, and my evenings doing whatever I want, while also running a business that has been profitable for 16 straight years. Two Renegade Lawyers, having a discussion about business, marketing, fitness and health, mediation, money, and life. I hope you enjoy.
Workplace Jazz: A Conversation with Gerald Leonard
45:46Gerald has been a professional musician for almost 50 years. Gerald’s musical talents have focused on jazz music in particular. Gerald is also the CEO of Principles of Execution, a Certified Minority Business Enterprise, and author of Workplace Jazz: How to Improvise. In the podcast, Gerald and I talk about how to manage chaos, how his jazz experience informs his advice to entrepreneurs and business owners, the power of listening, how artistic people can thrive in. corporate environments, why to treat your employees like artists, and a whole lot more. And now I give you, Gerald Leonard.
The Future of Humanity: A Conversation with Gary Bengier
1:13:45Gary Bengier is the former Chief Financial Officer of Ebay. Gary was the CFO during the first two rounds of Ebay’s public offering. He holds an MBA from Harvard and a philosophy degree from San Francisco State. Gary is the author of multiple books, including Unfettered Journey, a futuristic look at what humanity will look like in 140 years. In the podcast, Gary and I talk about bioengineering, CRISPr gene editing, Artificial Intelligence, Consciousness, Panpsychism, our Economic Future, Robotics, Spirituality, and a whole lot more. And now I give you, Gary Bengier.
Is Free Will An Illusion: A Conversation with David Lawrence
1:32:29In this episode, Brian talks to David Lawrence. David is the author of "Are We Biochemical Robots?", a deep dive on the question of Free Will. The question of free will has puzzled philosophers, theologians, and scientist for all of recorded human history. Today, there are a number of prominent thinkers, including the philosopher and neuroscientist Sam Harris, who believe that Free Will is an illusion. They believe that everything we do is already determined, the so-called "deterministic" viewpoint. David thinks the arguments against Free Will do not hold up under scrutiny, and in particular, that determinism is scientifically invalid. In the podcast, David and Brian talk about the nature of the Free Will question, determinism, reductionist scientific thinking and why reductionism and determinism fail on their own terms, the evolution of physics from Newtonian physics to General Relativity to Quantum Mechanics, the problems with causation and randomness, the nature of consciousness, and more. And now I give you, David Lawrence.
Let Me Tell You A Story: A Conversation with Master Storyteller Mark Carpenter
58:47Mark Carpenter is a master storyteller. He teaches executives, professionals, marketers, entrepreneurs and emerging leaders how to identify stories in their life and then craft those stories to entertain, persuade, and present to people. In the podcast, Mark and I talk about -Why storytelling is the most effective method of communicating ideas -How to identify awesome stories in your own life -How to craft those events in your life into dynamic, persuasive stories and a whole lot more.............