Jocko Willink

"Instead of letting the situation dictate our decisions, we must dictate the situation."

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Extreme Ownership

Extreme Ownership

by Jocko Willink, Leif Babin

1. Seize accountability, don't avoid it

When something goes wrong, you should seek responsibility instead of avoiding it. You, as the leader, need to figure out what you can do to correct for the team.

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2. Standards are what you tolerate

As the leader, it is your fault when your team members under-performed because you accepted and tolerated it. Not standing for less than excellent performance is more important than setting lofty standards.

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3. All team members must be bought in to the mission

To do so, they must know the "why" behind the mission. When each team member understands the goals and reasons for a mission, everyone benefits.

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4. Prioritize, then execute!

In high intensity & high pressure environments, in order to be effective, one has to prioritize the most important thing and tackle it first. Then, repeat.

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