Shot on location in Ouray, Colorado, this course includes 9 video lessons – each less than five minutes in length – that address the the Three Pillars of Self-Reliant Leadership: Leading Self, Leading Others, and Leading the Organization.

Each video lesson is supported by comprehensive Course Guide that learners use to target specific behaviors that are key to effective Self-Reliant Coaching™. 

The Course Guide is comprised of:

  • Video Summaries
  • Ideas for Action
  • Questions for Contemplation
  • Resources for Further Exploration


Course Curriculum

  Welcome
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  2. Leading Self – VALUES - Articulating what you value
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  3. Leading Self - THE IDEAL - Describing what you want
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  4. Leading Self - DISCIPLINE - The importance of journaling
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  5. Leading Others - SETTING EXPECTATIONS - Invest time up front
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  6. Leading Others - KEY QUESTIONS - Find the strengths in others
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  7. Leading Others - DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS - Courageous expectation setting
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  8. Leading the Organization - ENVIRONMENT IS A DESIGN ISSUE - People support what they help create
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  9. Leading the Organization - LEADERSHIP LEVERS - Finding the root cause of issues
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  10. Leading the Organization - WHAT ONLY YOU CAN DO - Focus
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  11. SUMMARY – Leading Self – Slow down to speed up.
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Hi, I'm Jan Rutherford.

I am a former Green Beret and a successful entrepreneur, podcast host, wilderness expedition leader, and author of the book, The Littlest Green Beret

My experience comes from the business world, the military and academia; but my philosophy is from a confluence of Sparta’s discipline, Socrates’ self-awareness, Aristotle’s courage, Emerson’s self-reliance, and Thoreau’s reflective seclusion. 

My coaching and speaking work also includes leading expeditions with executives and military veterans, and sharing leadership insights from those experiences.