The book Extreme Ownership, ISBN 978-1250270962, by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin is available as paperback, ebook or as audiobook. I recommend listening to the audiobook, since the book is read by the authors.
I read, or better listened to the book Extreme Ownership years ago. That was during the time I worked as a lead architect for a customer. I applied the principles to my work and got good results. Although it is hard on oneself not to be able to blame others, if failures occur, it leads to better results of one’s own work. During the Corona lockdown in Q1/Q2 2020, I listened to the book again.
Extreme Ownership is first and foremost a change in perspective and attitude. It changes the mindset to a more constructive one where one can realize that he has influence and some degree of control over almost every factor. If you have a bad boss, then lead up the chain of command. If the communication does not work, go ahead and change it. If the other team does not do what you want, then influence that team until you can both work together to acomplish the goal.
The concepts in the book are easy to understand. However, that does not make them easy to apply. Extreme Ownership is extreme. Hence, it even has extreme in its name. It requires extreme discipline and focus. It is intense. It shows you the mirror. But in the end, taking ownership always works.
A leader takes 100% responsibility for everything in his world.
A leader owns his world.
A leader does not find excuses or blames others.
If people are not doing what they should, the leader should adjust his behavior to change theirs.
You need to put aside your own ego to do what is necessary to win.
When you demand EO yourself, your team will follow.
Relax, look around, make a call
Prioritize and execute.
Take a look at tasks, prioritize them, and make a call.
Identify top priorities, take one at a time.
Detach yourself mentally.
No bad teams, only bad leaders
All people want to win.
Under the right leadership, any team can thrive.
A leader must fully understand the mission.
Before others can be convinced a leader must fully understand and believe in the mission.
Break teams down into groups of 4-5.
Clearly assign leaders.
Ensure leaders at all levels understand the mission.
Lead by commander’s intent.
Manage your ego
Ego comes in different forms.
If you don’t want to look stupid, that’s an form.
Prioritize the mission over your ego.
Cover and move
Having different teams work together.
Keep things simple.
Simple plans can be adjusted easy.
Everybody understands simple plans.
Prioritize and Execute
Identify top priorities.
Tackle one at a time.
Put a good planning process into place.
Mission clarity, evaluation of options, risk, engagements.
Lead up and down the line
Lead upward by offering information and updates to help your leader understand your work and support.
Lead downward to help junior leaders and frontline staff see the bigger picture.
Make the best decision based on available information.
Discipline brings freedom
Discipline is not stiffness.
It is essential for results.
Jocko has a podcast, it is available on all major podcast platforms or on jockopodcast.com.