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Take Extreme Ownership

Take Extreme Ownership

Leading a team to success means taking responsibility for its failures and empowering yourself to make the necessary changes for improvement.

Own Mistakes: Accepting blame can save your job and maintain leadership integrity.

Set the Example: Leaders who take responsibility set a precedent for their teams, fostering a culture of accountability. For instance, if you make a mistake, acknowledge it openly and discuss how to rectify it.

This shows your team that it's okay to make mistakes as long as they are willing to learn from them and take responsibility.

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Prevent Blame Culture

Prevent Blame Culture

Blaming others creates a dysfunctional team while taking ownership empowers the team to solve problems.

💡 Instead of blaming, focus on understanding the root cause and finding solutions together.

  • Leaders must own everything in their world.
  • Discipline equals freedom.

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Mission Understanding and Believing

Mission Understanding and Believing

It's important to deeply understand and wholeheartedly believe in the mission to execute it successfully.

Key points to help you achieve this:

  • Leader Support: Leaders must be fully on board with the objectives to effectively communicate them to their team.
  • Clarify Importance: If the mission's importance is not clear, seek clarification from higher-ups.
  • Commitment: Once you are fully committed, pass on that conviction to your team for their commitment.

Remember: Understanding and believing in the mission is critical to its success! 🚀

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JOCKO WILLINK

If a leader doesn't believe, he will not take the necessary risks required to overcome the challenges necessary to win.

JOCKO WILLINK

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Collaboration and Allies

Collaboration and Allies

Collaborating with allies is key to reaching your goals.

Utilize the principle of "cover and move" when working with allies. This means one team provides support while the other team advances. This strategy allows for continuous progress and minimizes vulnerability to the enemy.

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Internal Support

Internal Support

Encouraging teamwork and cooperation over competition can strengthen our organization and reach common goals. Let's create a culture where team members support each other rather than competing for recognition or resources.

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"It's not what you preach, it's what you tolerate." - Jocko Willink

  • Leverage resources by considering how other teams can assist and support our objectives.

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Prioritize and Execute

Prioritize and Execute

Stay Calm: As a leader, it's crucial to stay calm in high-pressure situations and make clear decisions that align with your priorities.

Evaluate and Communicate: Evaluate what needs to be done first and communicate that priority clearly to your team.

Focus Resources: Direct your team's efforts towards executing the plan efficiently, focusing on one priority at a time before moving to the next.

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JOCKO WILLINK

"Relax, look around, make a call."

JOCKO WILLINK

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Plan for Success

Plan for Success

Planning for success means identifying and preparing for potential risks before they happen.

  • Create detailed plans that consider all known risks and prepare backup plans.
  • Always assume potential hazards and plan for worst-case scenarios.
  • Mitigate risks by making sure all team members know their roles and the backup plans.

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JOCKO WILLINK

"Proper prior planning prevents poor performance."

JOCKO WILLINK

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Communicating with Superiors

Communicating with Superiors

Instead of resenting your superiors' interference, ensure you give them the information they need.

Provide Updates: Regularly update your superiors with detailed information about your operations.

Check Attitude: Maintain a positive attitude and ensure open lines of communication up and down the chain of command.

Lead Upward: Take responsibility for informing and influencing your superiors.

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JOCKO WILLINK

"Leaders must own everything in their world. There is no one else to blame."

JOCKO WILLINK

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Decentralize Command for Effective Management

Decentralize Command for Effective Management

To effectively manage a team:

  1. Limit Direct Reports: Keep your team size small, no more than six to ten people.
  2. Split into Sub-teams: Divide your team into smaller groups, with no more than four to five people in each sub-team.
  3. Clear Mission: Ensure everyone, including sub-team leaders, understands the mission and goals.
  4. Empower Leaders: Give junior leaders the authority to make decisions and take ownership of their sub-team's success.

By implementing these ideas you can effectively lead your team to success and ensure the execution of your mission. 🚀

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CURATOR'S NOTE

Extreme ownership, decentralized command, and effective communication underpin the success of Navy SEAL units and can be applied to any team or organization that wishes to succeed in complicated tasks and difficult missions. With strategies such as "cover and move" and "prioritize and execute," you'll learn how to lead and win even the most challenging battles.

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