Oct 14, 2020
Jillian Lappetito: Fearlessly Authentic Leadership in a Time of Fear and Fake News
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Legendary UCLA mens’ basketball coach John Wooden famously  instructed his team, every year on the first day of practice, how to put on their socks and tie their shoes.

I think it's the little things that really count. The first thing I would show our players at our first meeting was how to take a little extra time putting on their shoes and socks properly.

The most important part of your equipment is your shoes and socks.

You play on a hard floor. So you must have shoes that fit right. And you must not permit your socks to have wrinkles around the little toe--where you generally get blisters--or around the heels.

It took just a few minutes, but I did show my players how I wanted them to do it. Hold up the sock, work it around the little toe area and the heel area so that there are no wrinkles. Smooth it out good. Then hold the sock up while you put the shoe on. And the shoe must be spread apart--not just pulled on the top laces. You tighten it up snugly by each eyelet. Then you tie it. And then you double-tie it so it won't come undone--because I don't want shoes coming untied during practice, or during the game. I don't want that to happen.

I'm sure that once I started teaching that many years ago, it did cut down on blisters. It definitely helped. But that's just a little detail that coaches must take advantage of, because it's the little details that make the big things come about.


 -- John Wooden as told to Devin Gordon


When you are in the leadership business… what do you when the entire world gets turned upside down and everyone is looking at you for direction?


How do you find the little details in order to bring the big things about?


On this week’s InSecurity, Matt Stephenson has a chat with Jillian Lappetito, president of Leaderology and a member of 4 NCAA Champion and 2 World Champion US National Waterpolo teams. Influenced by the leadership of an Army Ranger father and world class coaches and teammates, Jillian now channels her experience into coaching and mentoring others. With a mantra of Fearless Authenticity, Jillian is helping develop tomorrow’s leaders’ ability to meet any challenge they may face.



About Jillian Lappetito



Jillian Lappetito is the President of Leaderology (@leaderologyllc) and responsible for developing the company’s go-to-market efforts and strategic direction.  


Jillian is a former member of the U.S. Senior National Team for Women’s Water Polo and won four NCAA National Championships at UCLA.


After her athletic career, she transitioned from the pool to the board room, becoming Vice President of Business Development for Brainard Strategy, where she led the company’s highest revenue-generating market supporting Fortune 500 clients.

Jillian has grown up around the influence of leaders, whether it was her Army Ranger father, her water polo coaches or mentoring rising stars herself in the business community. It is her belief that truly remarkable leaders bring diligence and intentionality to their daily leadership practices, working hard and striving for continuous development.


While with the National Team, she received her M.B.A. from UC Irvine and graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree from University of California, Los Angeles.



About Matt Stephenson




Insecurity Podcast host Matt Stephenson (@packmatt73) leads the Broadcast Media team at BlackBerry, which puts him in front of crowds, cameras, and microphones all over the world. He is the regular host of the InSecurity podcast and video series at events around the globe.


I have spent the last 10 years in the world of Data Protection and Cybersecurity. Since 2016, I have been with Cylance (now BlackBerry) extolling the virtues of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning and how, when applied to network security, can wrong-foot the bad guys. Prior to the COVID shutdown, I was on the road over 100 days a year doing live malware demonstrations for audiences from San Diego to DC to London to Abu Dhabi to Singapore to Sydney. One of the funniest things I've ever been a part of was blowing up a live instance of NotPetya 6 hours after the news broke... in Washington DC... directly across the street from FBI HQ... as soon as we activated it a parade of police cars with sirens blaring roared past the building we were in. I'm pretty they weren't there for us, but you never know...


Every week on the InSecurity Podcast, I get to interview interesting people doing interesting things all over the world of cybersecurity and the extended world of hacking. Sometimes, that means hacking elections or the coffee supply chain... other times that means social manipulation or the sovereign wealth fund of a national economy.


InSecurity is about talking with the people who build, manage or wreck the systems that we have put in place to make the world go round...


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