Joint Force Leadership: How SEALs and Fighter Pilots Lead to Success

Joint Force Leadership: How SEALs and Fighter Pilots Lead to Success

by Jim "Boots" Demarest, Mark McGinnis
Joint Force Leadership: How SEALs and Fighter Pilots Lead to Success

Joint Force Leadership: How SEALs and Fighter Pilots Lead to Success

by Jim "Boots" Demarest, Mark McGinnis


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Learn leadership tools and skills Navy SEALs and Air Force Fighter Pilots leverage to win on the ground, in the air, and in the fast-paced world of modern business.

Navy SEALs lead on the ground. Fighter pilots lead in the air. Together, they can lead anyone, anywhere. Joint Force Leadership brings together Jim “Boots” Demarest and Mark McGinnis’s combined fifty years of military and business experience, and presents battlefield and boardroom tested tools and skills that will resonate with business people, travelers, and military enthusiasts alike.

In military parlance, a “Joint Force” is the combination of forces from different service branches into a single unit. Each comes with its own culture, identity, and vocabulary. And just like corporate teams, getting these diverse groups to work together creates a unique problem set, and leading these teams is varsity-level work.

Demarest and McGinnis are both products of some of the best leadership laboratories anywhere: United States military service academies. Their lifetime of military and civilian leadership experience has taught them lessons they feel compelled to share. Their intent is to provide simple, practical, time- and battle-tested tools you can use right now to improve your leadership skills.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781642934830
Publisher: Post Hill Press
Publication date: 04/28/2020
Pages: 176
Sales rank: 1,156,017
Product dimensions: 5.70(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Jim “Boots” Demarest is a professional speaker and consultant with decades of leadership experience. A graduate of the US Air Force Academy, he spent ten years as an active duty F-15 Fighter Pilot, and was a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Fighter Weapons School “Top Gun” program. He served in Desert Storm as an F-15 pilot.

Following his active duty service, Jim graduated from Cornell Law School where he served as Managing Editor of the Cornell Law Review. He then spent nine years as a commercial litigation attorney in a national law firm.

Boots returned to military service in 2009 when he joined the Florida Air National Guard. He is a sought-after speaker on topics including leadership, strategic and tactical planning, and execution improvement. He has worked with NFL Teams, Fortune 500 and Global 2,000 organizations, and established companies and teams in the finance, healthcare, pharmaceutical, sales, legal, consumer products, banking, medical devices, and technology industries.

Mark McGinnis is a dynamic presenter, consultant, and leadership expert. A graduate of the US Naval Academy and four-year varsity football player, he has twenty-four years of Special Operations experience as a Navy SEAL. As a SEAL, Mark held leadership positions at all levels of command, and has led SEAL missions worldwide.

Following his active duty service, Mark worked for a Fortune 500 medical devices company as a Front Line Sales Rep and Regional Sales Director. He is the Founder and Managing Director of the SEAL Legacy Foundation, a not-for-profit providing direct support to the families of fallen SEALs.

Mark is a sought-after speaker on leadership, winning cultures, and team building. He is a seasoned professional speaker and leadership expert who has worked with college and professional sports teams, Fortune 500, and Global 2,000 organizations. His expertise in doing the hard tasks now and the impossible in a bit more time, makes him especially qualified to guide clients through the process of attaining an elite level of performance.

Table of Contents

Preface vii

About the Authors x

Introduction xii

Part 1 Focus

Chapter 1 Happy Birthday 3

Chapter 2 Zulu Alert 5

Chapter 3 Meridian Gold 9

Chapter 4 Hell Week 11

Chapter 5 SMARTS Goals 14

Chapter 6 Class Leader 18

Chapter 7 Team Over Self 25

Chapter 8 Never Leave Your Wingman 27

Chapter 9 Slow Down 31

Chapter 10 Mastery Breeds Confidence 34

Chapter 11 Two is Greater than Nine 39

Chapter 12 The Fifth Corps Commander 41

Part 2 Trust

Chapter 13 The Children's Museum 51

Chapter 14 Shoulder to Shoulder 54

Chapter 15 Decision Time 56

Chapter 16 WET Design 61

Chapter 17 Mission Planning 64

Chapter 18 Wing Weapons 66

Chapter 19 News at the Ninth Hole 71

Chapter 20 Aerial Refueling 74

Chapter 21 Stand Up 77

Chapter 22 The Honor Code 81

Chapter 23 The East Timor Sea 86

Chapter 24 Let's Talk About that Shot 93

Chapter 25 Ocean Crossing 98

Chapter 26 Packing a Parachute 104

Part 3 Communication

Chapter 27 Commander's Intent 111

Chapter 28 Meridian Gold, Part Two 114

Chapter 29 Paint a Picture 117

Chapter 30 The Debriefing 122

Chapter 31 More Debriefing 124

Chapter 32 Debriefing in Action 127

Chapter 33 Share and Share Alike 131

Chapter 34 Dell Computer 135

Chapter 35 But Don't Overdo It 138

Chapter 36 Red Flag 142

Chapter 37 The 9-Line 146

Chapter 38 There's Always Room for Improvement 150

Final Thoughts 159

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