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Episode 99: Sean Stewart & (a) The Greek Hoplite Phalanx (b) Living Latin

  1. Episode 99: Sean Stewart & (a) The Greek Hoplite Phalanx (b) Living Latin John M Jaramillo 59:43

Episode 99: Sean Stewart and (a) The Greek Hoplite Phalanx: The Iconic Heavy Infantry of the Classical Greek World by Richard Taylor & (b) Living Latin: Everyday Language and Popular Culture by Charlie Kerrigan


Sean Stewart is a seasoned historian, leadership consultant, and business trainer. With over 30 years of experience in studying and working in the history field, Sean’s multifaceted expertise in history, sailing, and storytelling enables him to connect people with our shared human experience across millennia. Sean has been dedicated to unveiling the power of history to transform our present perspectives and inspire positive change. As a historical leadership excellence expert, he
guides managers into becoming effective leaders by leveraging the lessons of the past. Sean’s use of artifacts and compelling narratives serves as a powerful tool to illuminate history and shape cohesive, high-performing teams.


  • When it comes to the issues we have, you can learn that (1) we’ve been here before and (2) you’re not alone.
  • Infusing ancient artifacts with essential leadership
  • An artifact in view is a lesson in view. “A Silent Coach.”
  • Leadership acting as a service.
  • A leadership example from the 19th century Bobby/London Police Whistle.
  • The power of going to find the story.
  • Making what you learn relevant for others.
  • Human Interaction & Understanding –> Overcomplicating Everything vs. Going Back To Basics
  • Why we shouldn’t write off the people — or the stories — of 98% of us who came before modern society as we know it.
  • The two level of how you enrich yourself by extracting modern lessons from ancient history.
  • What would you write on your own epitaph?
  • “Act now so you deserve your own epitaph later.”
  • “We need in the modern world a built-in structure where we give people the chance to take a breath and we don’t have that anymore.”
  • “What connects us to antiquity or the Middle Ages
    is more than what separates us.”
  • Why the word “history” should be a verb rather than a noun.
  • “Uncertainty is where leadership lives.”

The MAIN QUESTION underlying my conversation with Sean is, How do you utilize the stories of your past — and history, overall — to shape your approach to your work, life, and leadership?


LinkedIn – Full Podcast Article:


00:00 – The Book Leads Podcast – Sean Stewart

00:41 – Introduction & Bio

02:42 – Who are you today? Can you provide more information about your work?

13:57 – How did your path into your career look like, and what did it look like up until now?

16:11 – Where did your curiosity for the story come from?

25:00 – How does the work you’re doing today reconcile to who you were as a child?

26:00 – What does leadership mean to you?

31:39 – Can you introduce us to the books we’re discussing? (Greek Hoplite Phalanx)

38:37 – More on the book Living Latin

39:44 – How we should teach history today

44:46 – Synopsis of Sean’s upcoming book

46:35 – A leader from history who stands out to Sean

56:25 – What are you up to these days? (A way for guests to share and market their projects and work.)

This series has become my Masterclass In Humanity. I’d love for you to join me and see what you take away from these conversations.

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John M. Jaramillo Leadership Performance Coach

John M. Jaramillo is founder and leadership performance coach and consultant at Coach It Out, LLC.

In that capacity he helps clients throughout the organizational hierarchy break through to their next level of leadership performance and effectiveness. Clients realize just how much more of their abilities, experiences, and goals they can bring to the table. His professional experience in the public and private, profit and non-profit sectors allows him to transfer lessons across business industries, organizational structures, and leadership needs.

In addition to coaching, he enjoys writing, presenting and speaking on leadership branding and design as well as hosting two podcasts -- The Book Leads: Impactful Books For Life & Leadership and Mindset Talks: Life Beyond The Checkboxes.

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