Shared by Kathy Cunningham, Founder / President
At AM Strategies we like to take in differing points of view and try to understand the communication styles of others.
Instead of a podcast, we’re focusing on an audiobook today titled, Extreme Ownership: How US Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. one in which the author took business communication to a uber intense level. It was about taking extreme ownership of everything in your life, which means there are no excuses!
Listening to Jocko read his own audiobook, in his military commander’s voice, gives it such texture and meaning.
From the battlefield we learn business and life lessons about clear and simple communication, asking and answering important questions, and that both leaders and teams have a responsibility to take extreme ownership and lead at some level.
Look inward when something is not going right, what can you do to more clearly define the mission, the desired outcome, and the important details needed to understand and unite your team’s efforts.
Opening the lines of communication and encouraging leadership up the chain of command is as important as leading down the chain; and the only way to build a strong, indelible, and successful team.
The narrator did not sugar coat the hard task of taking responsibility of failure as well. This may be as strong a team building tool as leading them in victory.
This was a fascinating look at leadership from a masculine point of view, and one in which I discovered a valuable new perspective.
Even if you have no military experience, like me, this book is a worthy listen; through storytelling and practical applications, we learn how to recover from defeat, reorganize and reshape our thinking to see the bigger picture.
We have regular weekly meeting to discuss podcasts our team members are listening to. If you would like to be invited to this “knowledge sharing” meetup, give us a buzz! We’d love to have you sit in.