- Hardcover: 320 pages
- Publisher: St. Martin's Press (20 October 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1250067057
- ISBN-13: 978-1250067050
- Product Dimensions: 14.6 x 3.1 x 21.7 cm
- Customer Reviews: 4,777 customer ratings
Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win Hardcover – 20 October 2015
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“This is the SEAL Leadership book we have been waiting for. Poignant, powerful, practical. A must read for every leader.” ―Roger Ailes, Chairman and CEO, Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network, and chairman, Fox Television Stations
“Leif and Jocko are the real deal. I’m honored to have served with them. They led SEALs in the fight through the hell that was the Battle of Ramadi. This book shows how they did it.” ―Marcus Luttrell, U.S. Navy SEAL and #1 national bestselling author of Lone Survivor
“The smartest, most revolutionary management approach since Jack Welch's Six Sigma.” ―Don Imus, radio host, Imus in the Morning
“Finally, a leadership book that actually demonstrates how to truly lead. Riveting, engaging, and free from the usual cliché platitudes, this book is strikingly impactful and will dramatically improve leaders of all types.” ―Amy Brandt Schumacher, entrepreneur, executive, and philanthropist
“Extreme Ownership provides huge value for leaders at all levels. An inspiring and page-turning read, the leadership lessons are easy to digest and implement. It provides a powerful SEAL framework for action to lead teams in high-stakes environments. This book made me a better leader and enabled my entire team step up our game!” ―Jared Hamilton, founder and CEO, DrivingSales
"One of the best books on leadership I've ever read and a tremendous war story book as well." ―Marc Andreessen
About the Author
JOCKO WILLINK is author of Extreme Ownership, a decorated retired Navy SEAL officer, and co-founder of Echelon Front, where he is a leadership instructor, speaker, and executive coach. Jocko spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams, starting as an enlisted SEAL and rising through the ranks to become a SEAL officer. As commander of SEAL Team Three's Task Unit Bruiser during the battle of Ramadi, he orchestrated SEAL operations that helped the "Ready First" Brigade of the US Army's First Armored Division bring stability to the violent, war-torn city. Task Unit Bruiser became the most highly decorated Special Operations Unit of the Iraq War. Jocko returned from Iraq to serve as Officer-in-Charge of training for all West Coast SEAL Teams. There, he spearheaded the development of leadership training and personally instructed and mentored the next generation of SEAL leaders who have continued to perform with great success on the battlefield. During his career, Jocko was awarded the Silver Star, the Bronze Star, and numerous other personal and unit awards. In 2010, Jocko retired from the Navy and launched Echelon Front where he teaches the leadership principles he learned on the battlefield to help others lead and win. Clients include individuals, teams, companies, and organizations across a wide-range of industries and fields. Jocko is also the author of the children's book Way of the Warrior Kid and the New York Times bestseller Discipline Equals Freedom.
LEIF BABIN is author of Extreme Ownership, a decorated former Navy SEAL officer, and co-founder of Echelon Front, where he serves as leadership instructor, speaker, and executive coach. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, Leif served thirteen years in the Navy, including nine as a Navy SEAL. As a SEAL platoon commander in SEAL Team Three's Task Unit Bruiser, he planned and led major combat operations in the Battle of Ramadi that helped the "Ready First" Brigade of the US Army's 1st Armored Division bring stability to the violent, war-torn city. Task Unit Bruiser became the most highly decorated special operations unit of the Iraq War. Leif returned from combat as the primary leadership instructor for all officers graduating from the SEAL training pipeline. There, he reshaped SEAL leadership training to better prepare SEAL officers for the immense challenges of combat. During his last tour, Leif served as Operations Officer and Executive Officer at a SEAL Team where he again deployed to Iraq with a Special Operations Task Force. He is the recipient of the Silver Star, two Bronze Stars, and a Purple Heart. In 2011, Leif left active duty and co-founded Echelon Front, a leadership consulting company that helps others build their own high-performance winning teams. Clients include individuals, companies, and organizations across a wide-range of industries. Leif speaks on leadership, U.S. military strategy, and foreign policy matters. His editorials have been published in the Wall Street Journal and he has appeared on a variety of national television news and radio programs.
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What I liked about the book ?
1. War stories
2. Simple principles in every chapter
3. Easy read
4. Blunt style of Jocko
What i did not like ?
1. Too many military or technical terms (apart from those terms rest of the book is easy read)
2. Not exactly a self help book. It is especially made for people who like war tactics or war stories as every chapter starts with a story involving Jocko or Leif
- 90% of the chapter is covered with war stories and 5% with lesson learned from that story and 5% with application of that lesson to business.
3. Book becomes boring after reading two three chapters. So I skipped all the stories and read just the "lesson" and its business application. :D
Not exactly a self help book. It provides less principles. You will again more by listening to Jocko podcast. I was expecting something exceptional but book turns out to be just "good" not great. Give it a try, you will learn something different but not much.
The CENTRAL tenet of this book that runs throughout its course is "Extreme Ownership". It means that as a leader, no matter what happens, WHO makes a mistake, ONLY you are responsible.
This book made me happily uncomfortable. In a high stressed job like mine (running a mobile games company), there are massive mess ups DAILY. I get very frustrated, angry & sometimes just plain defeated. 99% of these errors happen due to carelessness, lack of attention, lack of following process etc.
THIS BOOK SHATTERED MY 'Oh I'm stuck; What do I do' & made me realise - ONLY I am responsible.
Note that the book mentions that getting rid of bad managers or incompetent workers is ALSO leadership - so that's what Extreme leadership IS vs trying to make do with blame, shame, some gain.
The chapters are all set in Iraq & end with 'principles' & live business case studies (the SEALS who wrote this book Jocko Willink, Leif Babin are now biz consultants).
The book has some fantastic takeaways:
A good leader is "attentive to details but not obsessed by them"; "aggressive, not overbearing" (something I must learn).
Tip: Chap 1 & 2 are slow; don't quit reading.
I just love it
The book is worth a read. You must listen the jocko pidcast than reading it here. Its mind blowing n awfully inspiring.
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This book could literally be 50 pages and make the same points clearly and concisely without all the theatrics like "I spoke on the radio to my commander that we had insurgents in the area, and he replied roger". Felt like a lot of content was made just for the sake of adding pages.
That being said, the principles itself on extreme ownership are solid and I did understand them and enjoyed them. Unfortunately I had to deal with all the military out of context stories to get there. Maybe I would've liked it if my expectations for this book had been different.
I simply didn't find any of the principles on leadership or discipline to be anything more than common knowledge. If you read books on leadership before or on discipline or military books, there doesn't seem to be anything unique here, in my opinion.
If you love War Stories especially in a modern context, this is an excellent book. It's well-written and fun to read. I just didn't particularly find it helpful.
For leadership technique or principles of self discipline, I would not recommend this book. For stories of overcoming challenges in Modern Combat and conflict, I would recommend this book.
But ultimately, given my expectations, I was pretty disappointed. I'm also disappointed at the great reviews it's got because I feel like I'm taking crazy pills here!
* Edit: I went back and read some of the lower reviews and I concur with all of them. I'm glad at least a few people noticed that this book was heavy on bragging and light on principles. The 90% five star reviews are only right if you love War Stories and don't really care about leadership or self discipline.
This is repeated over and over again using different examples from SEAL life. The example are interesting though.
Man hat mitunter sehr viel Zeit in die Planung einer Stunde, eines Seminars, Kurses o.ä. investiert, nur um
mit Erschrecken festzustellen, dass vieles, wenn nicht alles, nicht so läuft wie ursprünglich antizipiert...
Dinge, die auch der Weitsichtigste nicht vorhersehen kann, wenn er nicht gerade Nostradamus heißt. Dinge,
die sich schlicht der Kontrolle eines einzelnen kleinen Individuums mit seinem begrenzten Horizont entziehen.
Nun wäre es ein leichtes dieses etwaige Versagen auf die äußeren Umstände zu schieben. Die Schuld und Verantwortung
von sich zu weisen. Was kann ich schon dafür, dass es regnet/ der Beamer nicht funktioniert/ die mir Anvertrauten
einen schlechten Tag haben?
Hier Jocko's Ansatz (in a nutshell):
Weg von der Schuldzuweisung an äußere Umstände.
Hin zur VÖLLIGEN Verantwortungsübernahme. Und ja, auch der Dinge und Phänomene die ich nicht in der Hand habe.
Denn dies verändert meine Perspektive entscheidend! Es setzt den Fokus auf rationale (nicht emotionale),
konstruktive Reflexion und die Fragen: Was habe ich nicht bedacht? Was kann ich besser machen? Was ist Plan B?
Man ist nicht länger gefangen in der Endlosschleife des Selbstmitleids und der Suche nach dem/der Schuldigen.
Stattdessen sieht man die "Niederlage" als eine Lerngelegenheit, an der man wachsen darf! Nur wer vollends die
Verantwortung übernimmt, kann auch etwas verändern.
Jockos Antwort auf schlechte Neuigkeiten: "Good!" (denn "Probleme" sind Möglichkeiten sich weiterzuentwickeln...)
I have already bought another copy and passed it on to a young leader!
Have already recommended this to friends and colleagues.