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What battle-hardened Navy SEALs can teach you about your career or business

If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.

Sun Tzu

In “The Navy SEAL Art of War” author Rob Roy shares stories from the frontlines that explain how the skills that allow US Navy SEAL teams achieve battlefield success against all odds can help those in business (and career-minded employees) make better decisions and get the best from their teams.

Roy, with 25 years’ combat experience, teaches how to make good decisions under intense stress, how to make use of the strengths of others while limiting the weaknesses of an individual or team, how to act (instead of reacting), how to anticipate events despite limited information and successfully communicate responsibilities and priorities.

We interviewed Ian Mann, MD of Gateways Business Consultants, who reviewed “The Navy SEAL Art of War”.

Listen to the audio (scroll down) for more detail.

There is a lot to learn about leadership from the military. That’s the value in this book.

Ian Mann, Gateways Business Consultants

The SEALs are trained incredibly well for extremely complex and dangerous operations. There are lessons in this. The SEALs get the very best from their people.

Ian Mann, Gateways Business Consultants

Roy says self-awareness is terribly important. SEALs realise people die if they don’t know themselves.

Ian Mann, Gateways Business Consultants

Nobody panicked when a helicopter went down in the Osama bin Laden raid.

Ian Mann, Gateways Business Consultants

This article first appeared on 702 : What battle-hardened Navy SEALs can teach you about your career or business


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