Extreme Ownership, 320 pages, and a #1 New York Times bestseller
In a corporate career that covered more than 35 years, most of it in Fortune 10 companies, I had the opportunity to be a team member, a team leader, and an executive leading dozens of teams. The skills necessary to excel in each of these roles can overlap but are in many ways different. The elements that are shared involves a commitment to the mission, ownership of everything in your universe and leadership.
Today the highest functioning teams on the planet are those of our armed forces….and the most acclaimed of those are Navy Seals. In these 320 pages authored by Lieutenant Commander Jocko Willink and Platoon Commander Leif Babin, I learned as much about how to be a member of a team, how to lead a team and leadership in general as I did all my years of management
Sent to the most violent location in Iraq, Jocko and Leif’s SEALs faced a nearly impossible mission: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi. In heart-stopping detail they recount stories of heroism, terrible loss, and hard-fought victories in SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser. They learned that leadership at every and all levels are by far the most important factor in whether any team succeeds.
In this amazing book, they detail the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most challenging missions in combat. What was amazing about Extreme Ownership how the authors show us how to apply them to any team, family or organization. I wonder how much more effective I would have been in a variety of roles if I would’ve had these lessons to fall back on.
I was blown away from cover to cover and couldn’t put down. I am gifting Christmas copies to my children in the hope that they will not have to learn some of these lessons the hard way as I did.