Extreme Ownership | Winston’s Words of Wisdom

Extreme Ownership Winstons Words of Wisdom Rose Capital Partners
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Watching you folk, as I do, it is always interesting to see your reactions to things. (I say watch, more look longingly occasionally between naps).

By way of example, this week, I may, or may not, have chewed up one of the girls favourite dolls…

In my defence, if you are going to leave a plastic thing, which is the perfect thing for a good chew, don’t come crying to me when it duly gets chewed. That said, I did take responsibility for my actions, with a lowered head, much contrition, and after a bit of time passing, I was forgiven.

The lesson here is twofold, I took responsibility for my part, as did said young girl. Had she tidied her toys away it wouldn’t have happened. Lessons learned on both sides.

While this is a relatively trite example, how often do we truly take responsibility for our actions?

I have noticed the older humans get, the less ‘bad’ things become their fault. It is someone’s else fault, the situation was against them, the odds were never stacked in their favour, and so on.

Admittedly as we go through life it does get more complicated. ‘Right and wrong’ soon become a matter of perspective, but do you ever really, truly, pause to think – what could I have done differently to get a better outcome?

Extreme Ownership

This topic is discussed at great length by some former Navy Seals in the book Extreme Ownership. If you can get past the ‘American, *heck yeah’ style (fans of the Team American film will note the subtle change of word there) some real wisdom live in these pages.

If we all took complete responsibility for our actions as a starting point would the world be a better place? I suggest it would.

Happy reading.

Winston

 

An extract from Good Reads

Sent to the most violent battlefield in Iraq, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin’s SEAL task unit faced a seemingly impossible mission: help U.S. forces secure Ramadi, a city deemed “all but lost.” In gripping firsthand accounts of heroism, tragic loss, and hard-won victories in SEAL Team Three’s Task Unit Bruiser, they learned that leadership—at every level—is the most important factor in whether a team succeeds or fails.Willink and Babin returned home from deployment and instituted SEAL leadership training that helped forge the next generation of SEAL leaders. After departing the SEAL Teams, they launched Echelon Front, a company that teaches these same leadership principles to businesses and organizations. From promising startups to Fortune 500 companies, Babin and Willink have helped scores of clients across a broad range of industries build their own high-performance teams and dominate their battlefields.

Now, detailing the mind-set and principles that enable SEAL units to accomplish the most difficult missions in combat, Extreme Ownership shows how to apply them to any team, family or organization. Each chapter focuses on a specific topic such as Cover and Move, Decentralized Command, and Leading Up the Chain, explaining what they are, why they are important, and how to implement them in any leadership environment.
A compelling narrative with powerful instruction and direct application, Extreme Ownership revolutionizes business management and challenges leaders everywhere to fulfill their ultimate purpose: lead and win.

 

Read other Winston’s Words of Wisdom reading recommendations;

Stealing Fire by Steven Kotler & Jamie Wheal

Atomic Habits by James Clear

Mastery by Robert Greene

The Black Swan by Nassim Nicholas Taleb

Principles by Ray Dalio

Odd Dog Out by Rob Biddulph

Legacy by James Kerr

The Richest Man in Babylon by George S Clason

Mindset by Dr Carol Dweck


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