Hello, and welcome back to PROP.architecture for week 2 of the PROP.reads | 9 Books in 9 Weeks challenge! This week, I am reviewing “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willink and Leaf Babin. This is the first of two books authored by Jocko that are on the list for the PROP.reads challenge.
Jocko Willink is known not only for his success as a Navy SEAL Commander, but also for his ability to help translate SEAL tactics and strategies into modern business administration. In “Extreme Ownership,” Leif and Jocko correlate their experiences in Iraq during the heavy fighting in Ramadi with how they were called into many different corporate landscapes to help implement the strategies that made their efforts in Ramadi successful.
Their writing is brash and to-the-point, just as you would imagine. But there is much to be learned from two of the most successful leaders in US military history, and their concept of Extreme Ownership.
What does it mean to be an effective leader? In any frame of life, the first step to becoming an effective leader is taking ownership of yourself and your team. Extreme Ownership means if a part of your team is lacking, it’s not because their specific performance is sub-par. It means that you accept responsibility for not training them well enough so that they could achieve higher performance. If one of your teammembers misses a deadline, it’s your fault you didn’t prepare them or communicate the importance of getting the job done on time.
As someone who wants to someday own my own architecture firm, it is important to me to understand Extreme Ownership and begin implementing the practices into my life now. If you’re not aware, Jocko also has his own podcast – Jocko Podcast – where he expounds on his combat experience and speaks about how he has transitioned his habits and behavior as a SEAL into his everyday life. (Be prepared for some heavy content if you go give it a listen…)
In the book, Jocko and Leif take every chapter and analyze different practices that made their SEAL teams successful, picking out the important principles and then applying it to a real-life business model. To get the full effect of their leadership do’s and don’ts, you’ll have to get your own copy of “Extreme Ownership.”
If you are currently in any leadership position, or plan on being in one, I highly recommend picking up this book and following Jocko Willink. His no apologies attitude will no doubt motivate you to be a better person and leader, so that you can get the most out of your life.
Coming up next…
“Let Go: How to Transform Moments of Panic into a Life of Profits and Purpose” by Pat Flynn