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In this updated edition of the blockbuster best-selling leadership book that took America and the world by storm, two US Navy SEAL officers who led the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War demonstrate how to apply powerful leadership principles from the battlefield to business and life.

Combat, the most intense and dynamic environment imaginable, teaches the toughest leadership lessons, with absolutely everything at stake. Jocko Willink and Leif Babin learned this reality first-hand on the most violent and dangerous battlefield in Iraq. As leaders of SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, their mission was one many thought impossible: help US forces secure Ramadi, a violent, insurgent-held city deemed “all but lost.” In gripping, firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories, they learned that leadership - at every level - is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails. 

Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training to pass on their harsh lessons learned in combat to help forge the next generation of SEAL leaders. After leaving the SEAL Teams, they launched a company, Echelon Front, to teach those same leadership principles to leaders in businesses, companies, and organizations across the civilian sector. Since that time, they have trained countless leaders and worked with hundreds of companies in virtually every industry across the US and internationally, teaching them how to develop their own high-performance teams and most effectively lead those teams to dominate their battlefields. 

Since its release in October 2015, Extreme Ownership has revolutionized leadership development and set a new standard for literature on the subject. Required reading for many of the most successful organizations, it has become an integral part of the official leadership training programs for scores of business teams, military units, and first responders. Detailing the mindset and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult combat missions, Extreme Ownership demonstrates how to apply them to any team or organization, in any leadership environment. A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, Extreme Ownership challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.

©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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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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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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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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Audio issues, but content is great

Skipping and rhythm needs work on audio. happens everytime Jocko starts a sentence. disappointing audible!

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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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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Simon
  • 08-14-18

Life-enriching book

I’ve read a lot of business books and rate this as one of the best.
It makes uncomfortable listening/reading as it (quite rightly) shifts the emphasis on to you for outcomes. Read reviews beforehand that complained about the “war stories”: since this is the analogical tool deployed by the authors - to great effect - I don’t really understand the complaint.
I’m now a dedicated follower of Willink’s blog and Twitter account. Also read his discipline manual. The authors have been there, seen it, done it - and still are. Sound, practical advice by seasoned, respected readers who underscore that winning and success is a matter of choice, hard work and self/discipline. My only regret is I didn’t read this sooner. Interested in self and business improvement: BUY THIS BOOK!

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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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  • Marcus Evans
  • 09-07-18

Some interesting points raised with good examples

I was disappointed by the continuous audio artifacts present during the whole audiobook.

Both Jocko and Leif do a great job reading the content.

The overall feeling for me was that this was a good book but not a great book.
It raised some good points with some decent examples but by the end it felt a little formulaic and flat.
War story, business story, company ask for help, they don't listen, they do listen, problem solved. profit.

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  • Martti Ahvenjärvi
  • 08-31-18

Technical issues

There is an annoying cracking and popping on the other readers recordings. Some first syllables are lost in the beginning of sentences. You understand everything, but the annoyance is real.

Also there is a heavy lean on patriotism and "we're saving the world from the bad guys" in the war stories. Maybe a bit too eager to share all the figures of how many bad guys were killed. It's like they don't believe that the lessons learned are believable enough without the bodycount numbers.

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  • Kieran Douglas Jones
  • 08-20-18

Great listen!

Highly engaging and super interesting!
Practical take-homes that can be implemented and used straight off the bat!

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  • Michael Boyd
  • 08-15-18

GOOD

Being slightly obsessed with productivity and getting shit done, I was bound to like this. I have taken the approaches described into my work life and it has been very beneficial. The narration is very good and the book is not drawn out.

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  • Gazza
  • 08-09-18

Awsome

Very Male! but Very good..

Inspiring even though when you hear it its so much common sense: implementation needs Extreme Ownership..

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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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  • Anonymous User
  • 09-22-18

Great content and performance.

Loved it. especially the business application. well performed and easy to listen to in small blocks or large chunks.