Courage to Execute: What Elite U.S. Military Units Can Teach Business About Leadership and Team Performance

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How can elite U.S. military units consistently perform at suchhigh levels, even in the midst of combat? What secrets do NavySEALs, Army Rangers, and Blue Angels hold that give them theskills, ability, and confidence to execute their missions with suchsuccess? And what can these military professionals teach Americanbusiness about teamwork, continuous improvement, andleadership?

Courage to Execute unpacks the lessons of high-performingunits and provides organizations of all types ...

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Overview

How can elite U.S. military units consistently perform at suchhigh levels, even in the midst of combat? What secrets do NavySEALs, Army Rangers, and Blue Angels hold that give them theskills, ability, and confidence to execute their missions with suchsuccess? And what can these military professionals teach Americanbusiness about teamwork, continuous improvement, andleadership?

Courage to Execute unpacks the lessons of high-performingunits and provides organizations of all types with a simple yeteffective model distilled from these warriors. Author James D.Murphy, who leads a training and consulting firm of former militaryaviators and Special Operations officers, shares a multitude ofpersonal leadership stories, along with examples from thebattlefield and business. Together, they demonstrate howorganizations, teams, and individuals can use a simple processbased on military principles and tactics to develop the ability andconfidence to achieve their goals.

You'll learn:

  • The value of effective execution
  • How to develop common values and skills in your people
  • How to align your troops with their leader's intent and theorganization's goals
  • How to move from organizational strategy toward accountableteam and individual actions
  • How to maintain your team's battle rhythm and your ability toexecute, even in rapidly changing environments
  • The importance of regular debriefing and continuousimprovement
  • How to develop teams and leaders from Day One

Through stories of missions and exercises conducted by U.S.military units, Murphy demonstrates why simplicity combatscomplexity, how mutual accountability yields trust, and howadaptability and continuous improvement are cornerstones ofsuccessful battle plans.

Have the courage to dig in and transform your organization intoa high-performance unit that has the skills, preparation, mindset,and, ultimately, the courage to execute.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118790090
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 2/3/2014
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 208
  • Sales rank: 574,076
  • Product dimensions: 6.10 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

JAMES D. MURPHY is Founder & CEO of Afterburner,Inc., one of the most dynamic training and consulting firms in theUnited States. A former Air Force F-15 pilot, he and his team offighter pilots and Special Operations officers have used lessonsdistilled from the military's elite units to help thousands ofmajor clients focus their strategy and adapt to change, improveteam performance and business process, and develop leaders at alllevels of their organization.

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Table of Contents

Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1
The Military Response to a ComplexWorld: The New Value of EffectiveExecution 1

Chapter 2
Basic Training: Indoctrinating Your People with Values and Skills13

Chapter 3
Team Alignment: Connecting the Troops with the Leader’sIntent 37

Chapter 4
Mission Preparation: Moving from Strategy toward AccountableActions 63

Chapter 5
Battle Rhythm: On Track, On Target, and On Time 89

Chapter 6
Continuous Improvement: The Debrief Imperative 119

Chapter 7
Leadership on Purpose: Developing Teams and Leaders from Day One143

Chapter 8
The Courage to Execute: A Smart Bias toward the Right Action163

Appendix: Mission Checklists 171

Bibliography 179

Index 183

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