The B&N Podcast: Brent Gleeson

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After serving on a Navy SEAL team deployed in Iraq and other global conflicts, decorated veteran Brent Gleeson returned to civilian life as an entrepreneur and businessman with a passion for great management. In his new book TakingPoint: A Navy SEAL’s 10 Fail Safe Principles for Leading Through Changeaking Point, Gleeson brings insights that emerged from his experience in the unpredictable, high-pressure crucible of modern combat to business leaders facing the challenges of a rapidly transforming marketplace. In this episode, Gleeson joins Jim Mustich to talk about how his service still informs the work he loves.


Inspired by his time as a Navy SEAL and building award-winning organizations in the business world, Brent Gleeson has created a powerful roadmap for today’s existing and emerging business leaders and managers to improve their ability to successfully navigate organizational change. Over the past ten years since leaving the SEAL Teams, Gleeson has become a well-respected thought leader and expert in business transformation. He has spoken to and consulted with hundreds of organizations across the globe and inspired thousands of business leaders through his highly insightful philosophies on leadership, culture and building high-performance teams that achieve winning results.

In TakingPoint, Gleeson shares his ten-step program that he has implemented in his own companies and for his high-profile clients—giving leaders and managers actionable insights and a framework for successful execution. TakingPoint brilliantly captures the structures, behaviors and mindsets required to build successful twenty-first century organizations. With a strong emphasis on communication, culture, engagement, accountability, trust, and resiliency, Gleeson’s methods have helped hundreds of companies around the world transform the way they think about change, and can help yours do the same.

For the last five years, Gleeson has shared his philosophies through his weekly columns on Forbes and Inc. And now, for the first time ever, they are captured in this entertaining and highly prescriptive book.

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