With 2019 approaching, I know I’ll be spending a good part of my Christmas holidays reflecting back over this year’s challenges and accomplishments both in my personal and my work life. I’m constantly looking for ways to grow, and one thing I started doing to help with that was reading more career and personal development books.
My mentor recently recommended another book to me, Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win and as a self-help book fanatic, I immediately added it to my list. He also sent me a brief summary for the book, so today I thought I’d share some of the key takeaway’s for anyone else looking for ways to improve their career.
Always think: “How can I do better?” not “How do I blame someone else.”
Team Success: Whether a team succeeds or fails is all up to the leader. The leader’s attitude sets the tone for the entire team. The leader drives performance – or doesn’t.
Believe It: Everyone on the team must believe in the mission and a leader must be a true believer in the mission.
Check your Ego: Ego clouds and disrupts everything: the planning process, the ability to take good advice, and the ability to accept constructive criticism.
Prioritize and Execute: When dealing with complex and messy situations, figure out the highest priority task and tackle that with 100% focus, then move on to the next task.
Simplify: Keep plans simple, clear, and concise. Simplifying as much as possible is crucial to success.
Planning: Figure out your priorities, and then act on them one at a time.
Act Decisively: Even when things are chaotic. Relax, look around, make a call. Leaders must be able to make sober and rational decisions when faced with complex and uncertain situations. They must be comfortable in uncertainty and they must identify clear objectives and directives for the team.
Discipline Equals Freedom: “If you have the discipline to get out of bed, you win.”