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Eric Maddox Negotiator, Author, Consultant

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  • 2008 Mission: Black List #1: The Inside Story of the Search for Saddam Hussein - As Told by the Soldier Who Masterminded His Capture

Eric Maddox was a rookie interrogator in 2003 when he conducted over 300 interrogations which led to the exact location and subsequent capture of Saddam Hussein.

Upon completion of the mission, Eric received the National Intelligence Medal of Achievement, the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) Director’s Award, the Legion of Merit, and the Bronze Star. He was also placed as a civilian interrogator with the DIA where he continued to track down high-value targets for the Agency.

After having conducted over 2700 interrogations, Eric became an expert at listening. He also became aware that most people, while well intended, believe they are listening when they are actually not listening well. He became so effective at gleaning information from his prisoners using this tool that he now applies what he learned in the more hostile world of war to the (sometimes hostile) civilian world of business.

When he landed in Iraq in 2003, the interrogation methods Eric had been taught were no longer appropriate to the kind of war the United States was fighting. They were obsolete. So he chose to find a new way to effectively and efficiently work with his “clients” (the prisoners) and make his bosses (the commanders) happy with what he was doing. He attributes his willingness to abandon obsolete methods and seek new ones, while still adhering to basic principles, to his success. Today, change, often fast-paced, is a reality within nearly every industry and the ability to adapt is paramount.

Listening the correct way enables one to gain the most valuable information. Eric continues now to help corporations, organizations, universities, CEO’s and audiences worldwide in the art of listening, negotiations, and information elicitation so that they can have the means to make the best decisions possible.


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