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I wanted this book to be as powerful and transformative as Extreme Ownership. That expectation may not have been fair; however, I am somewhat left short on the overall substance and impact of this book. There were some good thoughts throughout but several parts of the book were adapted directly from the Jocko Podcast. As I continued reading, the book actually felt repetitive at times. The book then suddenly ended with no warning or closing lessons. Kind of odd.
Do not get me wrong; I am a Jocko fan and like his podcast very much, however, I did not get the personal payoff and expected impact from this book. This was a solid C+ effort. I hope the authors can get back on the path for future efforts. Thank you for the chance to share my reading experience.
I loved the first book and the second one has good information in it but about half way through it became repetitive. If you listen to the podcast and have read the first book you are going to have a lot of “well duh” moments when reading the second book. At least I did anyway. This that said it’s still worth while, just be aware there is nothing new or ground shattering in this one.
To start I thought the book was ok at best. Too often were the phrases "extreme leadership", and "Dichotomy of leadership." On one page "Dichotomy of leadership" was mentioned four times, and it seemed to be mentioned numerous times within a few pages each time. With that, there is no doubt about the authors and buddies' military record, or of the success of their company. There were even times where I actually got a bit of a knowledge nugget, but if I wanted war stories I would go down to the VFW. I would say there was about 20 total pages of actual business data that I thought spot on, and thanks for that.
Expands on their first book "Extreme Ownership"; however, got boring quickly. In my opinion, they could have just updated their first edition of "Extreme Ownership" to include some of their lessons learned. This book got boring halfway through.
Save your time, skip the war stories, and go directly to principles and application; it's pretty much all common sense. A leader needs to be this but not so far that they become that. Nothing Earth shattering, no great epiphanies here. Not impressed.