Secrets Of Special Ops Leadership

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The Navy SEALs. The Green Berets. Delta Force. These are just a few examples of what are known as ""special ops"" -- unique fighting forces trained to beat overwhelming odds on every mission. Using principles like speed, purpose, repetition, surprise, and simplicity, elite units such as these have throughout history accomplished extremely challenging tasks against vastly superior forces. When something seemingly impossible must be achieved, special ops forces are the ones called...
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Secrets of Special Ops Leadership: Dare the Impossible-- Achieve the Extraordinary

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The Navy SEALs. The Green Berets. Delta Force. These are just a few examples of what are known as ""special ops"" -- unique fighting forces trained to beat overwhelming odds on every mission. Using principles like speed, purpose, repetition, surprise, and simplicity, elite units such as these have throughout history accomplished extremely challenging tasks against vastly superior forces. When something seemingly impossible must be achieved, special ops forces are the ones called upon for a miracle.

Just as special ops are needed for critical tasks in battle, ultra-high achievers are needed for special circumstances in business: situations where time is important, when resources are low or insufficient, where you are challenging conventional wisdom or established competitors, or where crisis is imminent. But can commando techniques really work in business?

If you can inspire and lead your employees to work at peak performance, they will accomplish dramatic, almost fantastic feats for you -- just as fighting commandos do in battle situations. Secrets of Special Ops Leadership reveals the essential methods commando leaders employ, using dramatic real-life stories of commando leadership from biblical times all the way up through Iraq and Afghanistan in 2005, and showing how similar techniques are used by present-day business leaders such as Steve Jobs, Mary Kay Ash, Robert Townsend, and others. You'll learn the fourteen core practices of special ops leadership, including how to:

* Create the Best
If you think you can just call some of your regular employees together and give them a pep talk and an impossible task to do, you're wrong. Business commandos aren't born. They must be created. Your first task as a special ops business leader is to recruit, select, train, and motivate the right people.

* Build a Commando Team
Using models such as Carlson's Raiders, who fought for the U.S. Marines during World War II, the book explains how to work with different personalities, agendas, priorities, and motivations to create a team that works efficiently and effectively to get the job done.

* Dare the Impossible
Like the Sayeret Mat'kal, the Israeli Special Ops unit that staged the miraculous raid on Entebbe to free hostages on an Air France plane hijacked by terrorists in 1976, successful business ops must aggressively seek out opportunities and know when to transcend conventional thinking to stage an assault and take action.

When they've got the right problems to work on, business commandos can do many times the work of normal employees, accomplish more with less, complete projects against looming deadlines, and create innovative new products and strategies. Secrets of Special Ops Leadership gives you the ammunition you need to get a business commando unit up and running and achieve the impossible for your organization.

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What People Are Saying

From the Publisher

"""Leaders in all three sectors will find inspiration in the fourteen strategies this remarkable new leadership resource provides. It's not about theory, but stirring lessons from leaders in action in every chapter."" -- Frances Hesselbein, Chair, Leader to Leader Institute

""Immediately engaging. Immediately useful. Invaluable insights for business leaders who want to gain a competitive advantage by taking ordinary resources and utilizing them extraordinarily."" -- Brace Barber, author, No Excuse Leadership

Praise for William Cohen's Previous Books:

The Stuff of Heroes: The Eight Universal Laws of Leadership

""A first class primer on the elusive subject of leadership."" -- General H. Norman Schwarzkopf

""This is not just 'the stuff of heroes.' It is the stuff of all leaders for the millennium."" -- Phillip B. Rooney, Vice Chairman, The Servicemaster Company

The Art of the Leader/The New Art of the Leader

""Makes a significant contribution to the art of leadership."" -- Admiral Elmo R. Zumwalt, former Chief of Naval Operations

""Full of excellent examples and analogies. Well done!"" -- Frank Popoff, President and CEO, The Dow Chemical Company

The Art of the Strategist

""Having been involved with strategy development and execution for three decades in the government and over a decade in industry, I recommend this book to all who want to develop the strategic skills that lead to success."" -- General James E. Dalton, USAF, Ret., former Chief of Staff, Supreme Headquarters Allied Powers Europe (NATO) and President, Logicon, RDA

""The Art of the Strategist will help every business leader to get beyond clich├ęs and to the real lessons of strategic success. If you plan strategy, implement it, or even think about it, you need to read this book."" -- Dave Logan, Ph.D, Associate Dean for Executive Education, Marshall School of Business, University of Southern California, and Co-author of The Coaching Revolution"

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780814413500
  • Publisher: AMACOM
  • Publication date: 2/29/2008
  • Pages: 260
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.55 (d)

Meet the Author

William A. Cohen, Ph.D., Major General, USAFR, Ret., is president of the Institute of Leader Arts and a professor at Touro University International. He is also a former air commando and an authority on leadership and strategy. He has received the Distinguished Service Medal from the U.S. government. Dr. Cohen gives speeches and seminars for all four armed services and for corporations from Boeing to The Cheesecake Factory. He is a graduate of West Point, with an MA from the University of Chicago and a Ph.D. from the Drucker School of Management, Claremont University. His previous books include The New Art of the Leader and The Art of the Strategist. He lives in Pasadena, California.

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Table of Contents

"Author's Note

Sector 1 Principles

Why Are Special Ops Special?

The Principles of Special Ops Leadership

Sector 2 Practices

Chapter 1 Create the Best

Chapter 2 Dare the Impossible

Chapter 3 Throw the Rule Book Away

Chapter 4 Be Where the Action Is

Chapter 5 Commit and Require Total Commitment

Chapter 6 Demand Tough Discipline

Chapter 7 Build a Commando Team

Chapter 8 Inspire Others to Follow Your Vision

Chapter 9 Accept Full Blame; Give Full Credit

Chapter 10 Take Charge!

Chapter 11 Reward Effectively

Chapter 12 Make the Most of What You Have

Chapter 13 Never Give Up

Chapter 14 Fight to Win

Chapter 15 Final Thoughts on Special Ops Leadership



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