Extreme Ownership

Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win

by Jocko Willink

Detailing the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat, Extreme Ownership shows how to apply them to any team or organization. Each chapter focuses on a specific topic such as Cover and Move, Decentralized Command, and Leading Up the Chain, explaining what they are, why they are important, and how to implement them in any leadership environment.

In gripping firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, they learned that leadership—at every level—is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails.

BK Takeaways

  • As a leader you must manage the people above as well as below you

  • Go into each month with a plan. At the EOM debrief that plan

  • Take responsibility for everything

  • Keep the plan simple and easy to execute

  • Check your ego at the door

  • Prioritize and execute

  • Don't allow departments to become silos. Everyone needs to support each other

Extreme Ownership does a great job of putting leadership in perspective. As a leader it's easy to get lost in all the numbers on the hundreds of reports I have to look at or in back to back meetings that just seem to never end, and it's much harder to remember that at the end of the day -we work for our people.

While reading EO it brought me right back to the qualities I admire in my leaders and why I need to embody that with my own people.

The point I want to end with is this: Taking responsibility for a situation allows you to then take control of it and fix it. By assigning the blame to someone else you've essentially given up your ability to make positive changes in your life.

Today is going to be a good day, I have a feeling...


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