A Unique Experience for Any Corporate Organization

Marc Polymeropoulos Reveals 9 Leadership Principles from The CIA For Your Team or Organization!



Speaking Topics Include...

Finding Clarity in the Shadows

Marc reviews his 9 core principles of leadership from his book "Clarity in Crisis:  Leadership Lessons from the CIA."  All were gleaned from the streets of the Near East and South Asia. They include "Win an Oscar," the "Glue Guy," and "Adversity is the PED to Success." Each principle builds upon the next, and is designed for real world applicability, where you operate under time constraints and a lack of real situational awareness. Marc will teach you to embrace this ambiguity and become comfortable in operating in less than ideal situations. As one of CIA's most highly decorated field operations officers, these principles are universally applicable in all walks of life.

Baseball and the CIA

Marc speaks on the parallels between life in the CIA and Baseball. It is an insightful, funny and personal talk, filled with principles such as the need to hit .300 in both baseball and espionage operations, how adversity builds character in both worlds, and how you never miss the hit and run sign, when your teammates are relying on you.  Coupled with some unique and exciting stories from places like Iraq and Afghanistan, Marc notes that espionage operations strive to do the impossible - just like trying to hit a wicked curve ball.

Life as an Intelligence Officer in the Age of Twitter

Marc discusses what it was like to serve under four presidents, including the unique time period during the first two years of the Trump administration, which includes a discussion on recruitment operations and working with foreign liaison. Marc discusses the challenges that the intelligence community will face into the 21st century, with a focus on leadership and ethics.

Current Events

Marc will dive into current events such as the conflicts in Iraq, Syria and Afghanistan and the renewed Cold War with Russia, based on his decades of experience at CIA. Marc frequently is a guest on CNN, Fox News, MSNBC and News Nation discussing the most pressing foreign policy issues of our time. Marc writes a weekly column on intelligence for the Washington Examiner and is a Non-Resident Senior Fellow at the Atlantic Council, specializing in Hybrid Warfare.

Distinguished 26 Year CIA Veteran

About Marc

Marc Polymeropoulos retired from the Senior Intelligence Service ranks in 2019 after serving for 26 years in the Intelligence Community in operational field and leadership assignments. He is an expert in counterterrorism, covert action, and human intelligence collection. Marc is one of IC's most highly decorated field officers and has honed a unique leadership style based on decision making under pressure, inclusivity, camaraderie, and competition. His book "Clarity in Crisis:  Leadership Lessons from the CIA" was published in June 2021 by Harper Collins.  Marc's goal is to pass on this knowledge to the sports and business world who can benefit from his unique experiences serving his country in the hot spots of the world.

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Finding Clarity in the Shadows

Unique Leadership Style

Marc has honed a unique leadership style based on nine core principles which he terms “Finding Clarity in the Shadows.” Each principle builds on the next and is designed for real world applicability, where one often operates under time constraints and with a lack of complete situational awareness. Marc describes how one must not fear but instead wildly embrace this ambiguity. His unique leadership style is based on years of hard time on the streets of the third world vice learning leadership from university lectures or books. The “Glue Guy,” “Winning an Oscar,” and “Adversity is the PED to Success” are just some of the principles that his clients will immediately relate to. Marc will provide real work vignettes from the world of intelligence and paramilitary operations, yet also stress that his principles can be used across the private sector in any profession. He also will provide a checklist for clients to immediately utilize and put his principles into practice. Marc also expounds on these principles in his book, Clarity in Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the CIA, published by Harper Collins in June 2021.


Media Appearances

“Marc was one of the finest CIA officers that I encountered in my career.  He was tough, smart, and had the honesty and integrity that we demanded from our people.  One of the most highly decorated field operations officers of his generation, he led from the front with compassion and conviction for those under his command.  lf people knew the work he has done in the shadows of the Middle East, Europe, and Russia, they would sleep easier at night."

Michael Morell
Former Acting Director of the Central Intelligence Agency

"If you want to be the one who says "send me," who raises their hand to lead when the going is toughest, who embraces ambiguity and runs forward when others want to flee, follow Marc's leadership principles. He delivers the goods.”

Anthony Scaramucci
Founder of SkyBridge Capital

"Polymeropoulos's exigent leadership lesson is a special one: the relentless pursuit of noble service alongside brothers and sisters…forged in the most trying of personal and professional circumstances, Clarity in Crisis...offers leaders and the rest of us tangible, proven ways to do better."

Tom Rogan
The Washington Examiner

"Polymeropoulos, a huge baseball fan who coached a son now playing in college, deftly mixes sports and spying in presenting nine leadership concepts he believes are universal. He also offers a window into his own gregarious personality, including references to his many friendships formed over chili and beer at his favorite dive joint, the Vienna Inn.”

Ken Dilanian
NBC News

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