EXTREME OWNERSHIP

by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin

Applying the principles of Navy SEALs leadership training to any organization. Read by the authors. 8 hours, 15 minutes unabridged.

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    • The best part about this book was the simplicity of the message. It is a book that everyone should read to become better at home and at work. I was able to reflect on many events in the past and wished I had taken extreme ownership in those situations. Even though the concepts start with examples from a military mission, they are applicable to life in general. That might be the only negative of the book is the military references. Personally, I loved the references since I was in Iraq twice in the Army. However, some may dismis this book because of them and then miss out on an opportunity to become better. The book is a fast read with a powerful message, a message that might be hard to accept at first for some. Take the few hours to read it...you will be glad you did.
    • If you were to judge a book by its cover, you would think that "Extreme Ownership: How US Navy SEALs Lead And Win" is a book which would only be applicable to military veterans and historians. You would be wrong.This isn't a self-help book from some "gurus", nor does it provide an ideology or set of steps for how to approach specific problems. Extreme Ownership is a mindset which applies to everything you do. Authors Jocko Willink and Leif Babin have crafted a guidebook for success in all ventures of life. They explain hard-learned principles of leadership, which they experienced first-hand as US Navy SEALs, specifically in and around their 2006 deployment to Ramadi, Iraq, one of the most dangerous places and times in the war. These principles can be applied to any relationships or walks of life; they are simple enough for anyone to understand, and broad enough to use in any situation.The book is separated into 12 chapters, each which highlights a principle of leadership. Each chapter is then broken into 3 seconds. The first section is an anecdote providing an example of how US Navy SEALs use their military experience to demonstrate each principle. The second section is how & why the principle works. The third section is an example of how that principle transforms from the battlefield, into world of businesses of all types & sizes, as experienced by the authors and their customers. It is very easy to read and understand, despite the regular use of military jargon (which is either footnoted or explained so even non-military readers can comprehend).Military recruits & officers, parents, corporate executives, students, low-level management, spouses, shop foremen, independent contractors, and sole proprietors will all benefit from the lessons of Extreme Ownership.If you feel you're stuck in a rut, lacking self-discipline, or perhaps know someone who simply needs to improve their lot, this book is an excellent starting point.I have personally read & completed this book, but I will never be done with the concept of "Extreme Ownership". Being able to take ownership and be accountable for the things around me has truly changed my life for the better.
    • I was fortunate to have been a curriculum director in the largest leadership school in the U.S. Air Force. In my experience leadership is misunderstood in our culture, because it is a reactive, rather than a proactive, phenomenon. If a leader is effective, followers will do as he directs. Leadership, then, is a set of people skills that instills trust and loyalty in those the leader wants to follow her. Leadership is never a right nor is it an organizational imperative. I have even privileged to sit snd talk with several veterans of Patton's 3rd Army. Today, if he came from the grave and told his men he was going to march on hell this vets would fall in behind them.Extreme Ownership take the experiences of SEALS to demonstrate that kind of leadership and the vital roll that effective leadership plays in any organization.
    • I met Jocko Willink about 4 years ago in San Diego. The company I was working for at He time had hired him to come out and speak at our large annual event. I was impressed not only by the leadership lessons he helped instill, but by the kind of man he is. Extremely kind and humble and really made people feel important. I had a chance to talk to him one on one and he took the time to look me in the eyes and listen intently which is a talent when you are pulled in so many directions. I am a huge fan of the Jocko Podcast and look forward to listening to every single one. Extreme Ownership was very well written (I ended up highlighting half the book!), with lessons taught by 2 people that I have the utmost respect for...Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. I am so grateful for them fighting for our freedom and for passing along the lessons they have learned. Life can be very stressful at times, but as Jocko likes to say "Relax, look around, and make a call." Decide to take the time to read this book, if you want to learn, want to get better, you absolutely will.
    • I don't even know really where to start. This really helped me focus my efforts on the concepts and principles that are mentioned in this book. I already had a partial understanding of many concepts the authors discuss but they were not well honed or wielded. Much like a surgeons scalpel it can do very good things or very bad things depending on the training of the person using it. This book helped not only further 'train' me on the concepts I already believed in but it also unearthed new leadership concepts. I only wish I had read this in my earlier years.I cannot say enough good things about this book and the lessons it contains. It is truly 'Outstanding'!