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Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by [Willink, Jocko, Babin, Leif]
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This is the SEAL Leadership book we have been waiting for. Poignant, powerful, practical. A must read for every leader. "Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO, Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, and chairman, Fox Television Stations"

Leif and Jocko are the real deal. I m honored to have served with them. They led SEALs in the fight through the hell that was the Battle of Ramadi. This book shows how they did it. "Marcus Luttrell, U.S. Navy SEAL and #1 national bestselling author of Lone Survivor"

The smartest, most revolutionary management approach since Jack Welch's "Six Sigma." "Don Imus, radio host, Imus in the Morning"

Finally, a leadership book that actually demonstrates how to truly lead. Riveting, engaging, and free from the usual cliche platitudes, this book is strikingly impactful and will dramatically improve leaders of all types. "Amy Brandt Schumacher, entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist"

"Extreme Ownership" provides huge value for leaders at all levels. An inspiring and page-turning read, the leadership lessons are easy to digest and implement. It provides a powerful SEAL framework for action to lead teams in high-stakes environments. This book made me a better leader and enabled my entire team step up our game! "Jared Hamilton, founder and CEO, DrivingSales""

This is the SEAL Leadership book we have been waiting for. Poignant, powerful, practical. A must read for every leader. Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO, Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, and chairman, Fox Television Stations

Leif and Jocko are the real deal. I m honored to have served with them. They led SEALs in the fight through the hell that was the Battle of Ramadi. This book shows how they did it. Marcus Luttrell, U.S. Navy SEAL and #1 national bestselling author of Lone Survivor

The smartest, most revolutionary management approach since Jack Welch's Six Sigma. Don Imus, radio host, Imus in the Morning

Finally, a leadership book that actually demonstrates how to truly lead. Riveting, engaging, and free from the usual cliche platitudes, this book is strikingly impactful and will dramatically improve leaders of all types. Amy Brandt Schumacher, entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist

Extreme Ownership provides huge value for leaders at all levels. An inspiring and page-turning read, the leadership lessons are easy to digest and implement. It provides a powerful SEAL framework for action to lead teams in high-stakes environments. This book made me a better leader and enabled my entire team step up our game! Jared Hamilton, founder and CEO, DrivingSales

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"This is the SEAL Leadership book we have been waiting for. Poignant, powerful, practical. A must read for every leader." --Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO, Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, and chairman, Fox Television Stations

"Leif and Jocko are the real deal. I'm honored to have served with them. They led SEALs in the fight through the hell that was the Battle of Ramadi. This book shows how they did it." --Marcus Luttrell, U.S. Navy SEAL and #1 national bestselling author of Lone Survivor

"The smartest, most revolutionary management approach since Jack Welch's Six Sigma." --Don Imus, radio host, Imus in the Morning

"Finally, a leadership book that actually demonstrates how to truly lead. Riveting, engaging, and free from the usual cliche platitudes, this book is strikingly impactful and will dramatically improve leaders of all types." --Amy Brandt Schumacher, entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist

"Extreme Ownership provides huge value for leaders at all levels. An inspiring and page-turning read, the leadership lessons are easy to digest and implement. It provides a powerful SEAL framework for action to lead teams in high-stakes environments. This book made me a better leader and enabled my entire team step up our game!" --Jared Hamilton, founder and CEO, DrivingSales

About the Author

JOCKO WILLINK is author of Extreme Ownership, a decorated retired Navy SEAL officer, and co-founder of Echelon Front, where he is a leadership instructor, speaker, and executive coach. Jocko spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams, starting as an enlisted SEAL and rising through the ranks to become a SEAL officer. As commander of SEAL Team Three's Task Unit Bruiser during the battle of Ramadi, he orchestrated SEAL operations that helped the "Ready First" Brigade of the US Army's First Armored Division bring stability to the violent, war-torn city. Task Unit Bruiser became the most highly decorated Special Operations Unit of the Iraq War. Jocko returned from Iraq to serve as Officer-in-Charge of training for all West Coast SEAL Teams. There, he spearheaded the development of leadership training and personally instructed and mentored the next generation of SEAL leaders who have continued to perform with great success on the battlefield. During his career, Jocko was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and numerous other personal and unit awards. In 2010, Jocko retired from the Navy and launched Echelon Front where he teaches the leadership principles he learned on the battlefield to help others lead and win. Clients include individuals, teams, companies, and organizations across a wide-range of industries and fields. LEIF BABIN is author of Extreme Ownership, a decorated former Navy SEAL officer, and co-founder of Echelon Front, where he serves as leadership instructor, speaker, and executive coach. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Leif served thirteen years in the Navy, including nine as a Navy SEAL. As a SEAL platoon commander in SEAL Team Three's Task Unit Bruiser, he planned and led major combat operations in the Battle of Ramadi that helped the "Ready First" Brigade of the US Army's 1st Armored Division bring stability to the violent, war-torn city. Task Unit Bruiser became the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War. Leif returned from combat as the primary leadership instructor for all officers graduating from the SEAL training pipeline. There, he reshaped SEAL leadership training to better prepare SEAL officers for the immense challenges of combat. During his last tour, Leif served as Operations Officer and Executive Officer at a SEAL Team where he again deployed to Iraq with a Special Operations Task Force. He is the recipient of the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and a Purple Heart. In 2011, Leif left active duty and co-founded Echelon Front, a leadership consulting company that helps others build their own high-performance winning teams. Clients include individuals, companies, and organizations across a wide-range of industries. Leif speaks on leadership, U.S. military strategy, and foreign policy matters. His editorials have been published in the Wall Street Journal and he has appeared on a variety of national television news and radio programs.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 4151 KB
  • Print Length: 317 pages
  • Publisher: St. Martin's Press (20 Oct. 2015)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00VE4Y0Z2
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars 56 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #6,217 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This may not be the best written prose you'll ever lay hands on, but the messages in it are priceless. Simple, compelling, humble, confident, clear - I could go on, but it's better to read the book.

This is one of two* outstanding books on leadership that live by their own example. I cannot recommend it highly enough.

* the other one is Stanley McChrystal's My Share of the Task.
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This is a book on leadership, told through the experiences of those who experienced those lessons whilst in the US Navy Seals. I love reading books with plenty of anecdotes on fighting, contacts and getting the rounds down. Whilst there was some of that within Extreme Ownership, there was not much of it. If you want a book like that I recommend Seal Team Six: The incredible story of an elite sniper - and the special operations unit that killed Osama Bin Laden.

What those books did not describe is the mindset, tips and mental strategies that those individuals used to operate at an elite level. This book gives you those tools.

What I did find was a really simple book on leadership. Written by two US Navy Seal's one of whom had clearly commissioned through the ranks to a senior tactical command (which indicates that he had a thorough understanding of the reality of life for a Seal both from a frontline "Shooter" point of view and a Lieutenant-Commanders point of view) it highlights lessons that I have not come across communicated with a level of humility that I was surprised by.

Not only did Extreme Ownership show me lessons that I wasn't implementing into my own life - it educated me on strategies I had not even heard of.

The lessons that have had the most impact on me where firstly the books title, Extreme Ownership. Ultimately I am responsible for any of the factors that impinge on my mission in life: whether that is in sports, military academic or business. I have always blamed circumstances beyond my control and because I am brighter then the average bear I easily buy into my own bulls***.
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I have never felt the need to write a review until I read "Extreme Ownership". The combination of examples from the battlefield directly to the business word makes this an extremely interesting read. It has made me totally rethink my leadership strategies, and has given me some strategies that I have already implemented. I must read for anyone in a leadership position of any level, and an entertaining book for those who are not! Discipline Equals Freedom!!
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Fantastic book. I also bought the kindle edition a few weeks later (it was on offer) so I could have it on my devices to refer to.

A few things that I noticed:

1. It prompted me to think about previous roles and review both my leadership and the leadership of others and to assess what I learned from others and, more importantly, what I learned about myself.

2. You really get more out of this with a reread. There is a lot in here that is "Simple, not easy" and it is definitely good to good back and check your understanding.

3. Listening to the podcast gives some really solid examples of the concepts behind Extreme Ownership. More importantly, it highlights the common misinterpretation of some concepts and the issues you face in practice (e.g. Checking your ego).
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Along with Risk Savvy by Gigeenzer, this book has shaped my personal & professional outlook more than I could have expected. Lessons learned from combat teach us all that, discipline breeds diligence and adherence. I have always maintained that true leadership is apparent when adversity strikes; will you get shafted by the manager or will they take extreme ownership of the problem?
There are no bad teams, just bad leaders. Stephen Covey alludes to "Sharpen the saw" as a reflection of realising how central you the individual can be in a team and looking after yourself. In Extreme Ownership, you will learn how to recalibrate a team, apply the laws of combat to civilian life and ultimately understand that when uncertainty beckons, you need to apply simple heuristics (rules of thumb) to get the mission completed.
Highly recommended text: repeat readings may be necessary. No egos were harmed in the writing of this classic text.
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This book is written simply, clearly, and has example anecdotes of the ideas put into practice. It takes a few re-reads to actually get the concepts under your skin, and is a powerful resource for leading others and oneself.

Podcast is highly recommended too.
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This book has been written by two former Navy SEALs, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin, who now head a leadership training company. They have brought ideas of management and leadership and applied them to the business world.

What Do You Like? – The book is well laid out usually starting with a story from their service that highlights a leadership principle. They then discuss the principle in detail and finally taking a story from training company experience and how it applies to the business world.

Give Me One Highlight From The Book – The fact that they had to deal with many situations that arise in the corporate world such as paperwork and dealing with “head offices” who are remote from the situation.

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Don’t be put off by the fact this is written by former Navy SEALs as the book is accessible to everyone military or not.
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