In Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin share hard-hitting Navy SEAL combat stories that translate into lessons for business and life. With riveting firsthand accounts of making high-pressure decisions as Navy SEAL battlefield leaders, this audiobook is equally gripping for leaders who seek to dominate other arenas.
Jocko and Leif served together in SEAL Task Unit Bruiser, the most highly decorated Special Operations unit from the war in Iraq. Their efforts contributed to the historic triumph for US forces in Ramadi. Through those difficult months of sustained combat, Jocko, Leif, and their SEAL brothers learned that leadership - at every level - is the most important thing on the battlefield. They started Echelon Front to teach these same leadership principles to companies across industries throughout the business world that want to build their own high-performance, winning teams.
This audiobook explains the SEAL leadership concepts crucial to accomplishing the most difficult missions in combat and how to apply them to any group, team, or organization. It provides the listener with Jocko and Leif's formula for success: the mind-set and guiding principles that enable SEAL combat units to achieve extraordinary results. It demonstrates how to apply these directly to business and life to likewise achieve victory.
The audiobook includes an interview with the authors.
©2015 Jocko Willink and Leif Babin (P)2015 Mamcillan Audio
Narrated by the team guys themselves, the authenticity is high from the get-go.
The structure of the book is solid, alternating between battle scenes, and the practical take-away, applicable to the modern business owner/leader.
The central premise is "taking extreme ownership" – as only taking FULL 100% responsibility for your actions and business decisions: can you be an effective leader, correct what's not working, and more.
It's a good book that I consumed quickly – to me it was the audio equivalent of a page-turner. I couldn't listen to it fast enough, and will relisten to it soon:)
If you're committed to being a better leader, then this book is a must-read. The authors explain in detail how the hard lessons learned on the battlefield can translate and be applicable in the business world. As someone who is both an Iraq Veteran and small business owner, this book had a mediate applications. I am confident that if you give this book and honest listen and sincerely apply the lessons learned, he will reap benefits from this amazing book. To the authors, thank you for your selfless service to our beloved Republic.
The book opens with the usual disclaimer that all of the stories and conversations have been modified, personalities combined, timelines changed, and some details or other parts added to make everything fit, etc., to protect privacy and confidentiality and whatnot. What follows are hours of badly scripted dialog to sell the authors' consulting services. There are few good stories in this book and several really illustrative leadership applications that will make you think. I did take a few things away from this book, but it is mostly bland made up conversational filler. I broke away twice to listen to 2 other books before finishing this.
These men have done a great job of making the connection between what they learned as leaders of men in combat, and what leaders in competitive business environments do on a daily basis.
Clear, concise and well laid out. Each chapter starts out with an engaging battle story followed by a clear principal/ lesson learned and then a business client story that serves as an application to businesses across the board.
As a small business owner I can clearly see how I can apply these principles to help my clients, so that I can improve their experience, results and overall satisfaction.
I have read hundreds of business books but this one would be in the top 3 and most likely my favourite. Engaging, interesting and full of real life take aways. I'm recommending this book to my friend and clients but don't read it first, listen to it. It is the best author read book I have ever listened to.
First Thank you to Jocko and Leif and their teams for the sacrifice and service to our country.
This is not your typical leadership book. Has great to the point leadership skills with an intense story.
I really liked this when I started. So much so that I bought another copy for my son. But then it starts to get predictable. Then it gets more predictable, and pedantic, and - frankly - tiresome. I wish it was otherwise, but that's my take.
...that ship would get squared-away very quickly...
What a great book, written by 2 true heroes and role models!
I found this book inspirational.
Although interesting, at times, I was a little fustrated by the war stories getting in the way of showing their leadership framework.
I am hoping that they will develop on this work and we'll see more from them.
Powerful message excellently delivered. Left me wanting to know more.
"Absolutely Essential Listening. Badass."
- Thought provoking, insightful, informative, clear, engaging and very well crafted.
- Answers many of the simple, yet often, hugely challenging problems leaders face and provides applicable guidance to generate change and improvement.
- I listened to this whilst training (circuit and long runs) and it helped there too! Not just the experience from the Seal Teams but the principles and the applications to business sections that rounded off each chapter perfectly.
- Offered thoughts and clear guidance on questions as i thought of them, some of them tough and exposed areas for personal development required. Perfect.
- I will now buy the book and make some personal notes as I listen again.
- I will buy the audio/book for others.
middle grade manager
"I expected to get real methodology"
I expected to get real insights to the SEALs decision making process and leadership guidelines. The book is not bad, but too broad with lack of help on continuous improvement.
"Lots of violence but good business lessons also."
I would normally avoid violence.
For example it is 40 years since I enjoyed 2nd world war books.
The Iraq war stories are fascinating especially listening from the perspective of the people who led the missions on the ground.
There were was a huge price to pay for any mistakes.
It makes our leadership challenges seem much less important.
Strangely for that reason the lessons transferred very well.
Our leadership might not be life and death but it is very important in our lives.
It is worth learning from these guys.
I turn to this book for motivation iv listened to it numerous times now and I still listen intently I think having leif and jocko narrate it makes the book a future timeless classic in my opinion
I was a Royal Marines Officer for 8 years and completely agree with the principles and lessons in this book. I now try to apply all of them as an Executive Performance Coach in heavy industries - thanks Jocko and Leif for your efforts, your passion for the subject, and for your sacrifices for our freedom. Best Regards, Tim Wigham
"Amazing Book On Leadership!!!"
I love how Jacko puts things into perspective, there is always a way to re-frame every situation positively...
"Bought for business perspective"
Punchy and incisive. Surprised me by just how relevant some of the insights were for my business
"Good Audiobook - Great Mixture of Story & Principl"
Definitely worth recommending to a friend - a lot of common sense but told in a way that makes it very accessible and very much brings it home!
The mixture of principles and real life stories - great way of bringing everything to life.
Hearing things first hand - great authenticity to the principles, examples - both in terms of business and real life.
Related to the core message of extreme ownership - but also the sense of loss that comes with making very tough decisions.
"Easy to take on board "
Great book. Loved the way the info gets related from how the authors have utilised the info in the past and how it's appropriate now. Very easy to follow
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