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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

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I don't read SEAL Books...

As a veteran, I hold a strong resentment for the unabashed self promotion of the SEAL community. This however is one of my favorite books, period. I am glad I set my ego aside and gave it a chance. This book contains all the best points of a capable combat leader, and many points are hidden within main points as well. I recommend this book to all people, regardless of their profession.

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Wow. This one surprised me!

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:)

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A Must Read!

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.

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Jeno Berta

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Get ready to get better.

After reading Jacko's book I've gotten up at 5 o'clock every day to work out which, I haven't done so I was 19. This book will change you for the better.

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  • James
  • United States
  • 11-13-15

Sometimes good

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.

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Leadership from Soldiers on Business

Overall there is nothing really new to learn. I've read other books that offer similar principles to leadership. If you like war stories, then you'll enjoy the stories they tell about the battle field. If you are looking for new insights into business leadership you'll not find it here. Honestly it is the same ideas that have been used time and again. But it might also remind you of things you've forgotten about leadership. And it might inspire you to try some of those leadership principles again. These guys are definitely American hero's, but they not are going to change anything in the business world.

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Spectacular

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.

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I Can See That I Will Listen To This Book Several More Times

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.

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Great principles; limited depth

As a retired military officer, I can't argue against the importance of the leadership principles as presented, but the concepts needed more development. A single combat and business application for each concept was too shallow a treatment.

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Repetitive, Typical, & Generic

I've read a lot of SEAL books out there, and they all tend to have the same wartime mission stories.

"Here's what we did in combat, now let us teach you how to transfer those methods over to the business world." Which is the basic premise of this book. Except there's one thing that's different. These guys were trained for extremely high stress situations that mostly involve life/death scenarios with firearms and explosives. An office/business setting is different, and the authors probably don't have much experience dealing with unruly workers who underperform in providing reports on budgets. The authors devote a majority of each chapter harping on their experiences in Iraq, and maybe a few paragraphs or pages contrasting those situations to the business world. It's about 90% wartime stories, and the rest is actually applied to business. (Sort of) The reader must realize these guys aren't exactly ideal office companions. The wartime stuff is really all they know, which was their job at the time.

The leadership principles are hardly earth-shattering. Example: A business group doesn't do well in a scenario, and it's the VP's job to take the fall if it fails. Not that hard to figure out, and certainly doesn't need a Navy SEAL to explain how his mission in Iraq that took up 10 pages in the book to contrast with it.

Overall: if you like war stories about Navy SEALs and Iraq, this book and basically any other recent SEAL written book out there has the same stuff. If you want actual business resolution suggestions, I'd advise you to look beyond books like these. Way too much emphasis on their missions rather than actual office issues.

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  • Paschal
  • 04-18-16

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.

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  • Dbroadhurst
  • 02-26-18

Repetitive and long

Pretty much the core insight is the title. This is padded with hours of army stories which are told in the longest way possible. Often details of task unit bruiser and their experience are repeated as many as 4-5 times. Got 3/4 if the way through and gave up.

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  • James C Thompson
  • 11-08-15

Inspired

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.

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  • Rachael
  • 10-22-15

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.

Andy Grist
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  • Janos Feher
  • 04-18-16

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.

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  • curtis
  • 02-26-16

evergreen

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

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  • Rosemary Swords
  • 07-12-18

interesting and inspiring

just listening to these guys makes me want to jump up and do something. very interesting.

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  • Graeme Welch
  • 07-10-18

Brilliant

A deep insight into brilliant people and a way to be a Leader in all walks of life

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  • D. Doherty
  • 06-29-18

Great audiobook!

I thouroughly enjoyed listening to this. Great wisdom for everyday life let alone leadership roles.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-28-18

Great, more fun than majority of self helps

really enjoyed it due to its mix of well told war story and how they apply very honestly to real business situations.

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  • SIMON
  • 12-28-16

Outstanding, an actual 'Good Times' read

As a former military officer I thought the modern generation of leadership training would have moved on from what I was taught over two decades ago, it hasn't, just the basics refined and enhanced (with better toys in support).
In my current role as a C suite executive this book served as a reminder of how these military principles should be applied in the coroporate world.
On a personal note, the recollection of training and combat actions bought back memiories. Often I found myself smiling and nodding in agreement.
Great job lads!

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  • Josh
  • 01-10-17

Extremely Good Book

If you could sum up Extreme Ownership in three words, what would they be?

Get after it

What other book might you compare Extreme Ownership to, and why?

This book is in a category of its own!

What about Jocko Willink and Leif Babin ’s performance did you like?

Both Jocko & Leif have a lot of conviction in there voices.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me re-think previous situation I have been in and how I can improve my reactions in the future.

Any additional comments?

Being ex-military I have found no better information on how to transfer skills to the civilian sector. THIS BOOK SHOULD BE MANDATORY READING FOR DISCHARGING SOLDIERS.

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  • C
  • 01-04-16

Well worth the price

Lots of actionable advice with highly relevant parallels between military experience and its application to business/ life in general. Listened to it twice already. Highly recommend.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 05-02-18

invaluable wisdom

Jocko imparts the wisdom he learnt through his hard work and sacrifice. Don't miss this opportunity.

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  • Glyn Wilks
  • 04-20-18

Excellent

Amazing book. Loved listening to every minute, and simple to execute the lessons learned. I have begun implementing ownership within my own team and have already begun noticing positive changes. Highly recommend this audio book.

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  • Mitch
  • 04-03-18

Tested Insight

Read by the authors in tones reflecting their experience, this book offers tried and tested principles of effective leadership in a manner refreshingly free of corporate spin and new-age sophistry. Simple and memorable overarching principles are introduced and then well substantiated with examples from the civilian and military arenas; supporting their potential effectiveness and possible applications to the reader's own life.

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  • Rayner
  • 03-15-18

Interesting concepts

Well narrated by the authors, the book gives clear and structured leadership principles in a manner that can be practically applied

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  • rob Patterson
  • 05-08-17

Everyone should listen/read this

The narrators are easy to listen to.
Fantastic principles.
I have listened to it twice and will continue to until I have absorbed all of the material.

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  • Edwin
  • 07-20-16

Great book,lots of skills and knowledge to use

If your interested in gaining new leadership skills that are simple to understand this is the book for your.

The authors do a great job of simplifying complex leadership training and experience in a way anyone can understand and implement straight away

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  • Shaun
  • 07-18-18

enjoyable and educational

good read, to the point, learned a lot, got a lot of out if, hard to put down. Definatly recommend.