Originally published 2015-02-28: Marine-turned-CEO gives business tips from the front line in Take Command by Jake Wood
When I agreed to read and review Take Command by Jake Wood, I was excited to learn a new business skill. Jake Wood has military training and war experience, and is the CEO of a nonprofit called Team Rubicon, so I knew he had a lot of worthwhile knowledge to impart. That being said, I’m not sure I read the description of the book well enough when I agreed.
What do elite members of the military, first responders in the disaster zone, and high-performing leaders in fast-paced, high-pressure, modern day organizations have in common?
The ability to have clarity of mind and purpose when surrounded by chaos. To operate at peak performance under risk. To be able to see clearly when others are blinded by fear, and act when others are paralyzed. To craft plans even with incomplete information, then execute those plans decisively –while still being nimble and adaptable enough to iterate as the terrain changes. To deliver in the clutch. To build teams with high impact, and then inspire those teams to follow you into the fire.
In this groundbreaking book on high-stakes leadership, Co-founder and CEO of Team Rubicon and former Marine Sniper Jake Wood, shows how to apply hard-learned lessons in leadership and teamwork from the battlefield and disaster zone to your professional life.
This was dry reading for me. While I love a good action movie, and the author infuses his book with scenes from his military training and front-lines war experience, I found myself unable to get into the right mindset to want to keep reading.
Readers who enjoy these kind of high-action anecdotes will find this book engaging and relatable.
The basics of what the author is trying to teach his readers are solid. He builds his book on the concept of what he calls relentless execution, and the personal choice to be successful. There are eight lessons, ranging from team building to “the 80% plan,” that he concludes are necessary for any one person, or any group, to be successful in high-stress work situations.
Overall, I give this three of five stars for my taste. For others to whom the anecdotes speak, I’m sure the reviews will have more stars and much better things to say about this book by a warrior-turned-CEO and author.
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