Take Command: Lessons in Leadership: How to Be a First Responder in Business

Take Command: Lessons in Leadership: How to Be a First Responder in Business

by Jake Wood

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Take Command: Lessons in Leadership: How to Be a First Responder in Business by Jake Wood

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.

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.

While most of our jobs don’t involve leading a tour of Marines through an ambush, or rushing into a relief zone just decimated by a hurricane, in today's fast-paced, hyper-competitive business environment, we are all on the front lines. And in an entrepreneurially-minded world where technology is constantly reinventing how we work, global competition is fierce, and industries are being disrupted overnight, success requires a new kind of leadership. This book is about how to become the kind of leader who gets results when the stakes are at their highest—how to Take Command.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780804138390
Publisher: The Crown Publishing Group
Publication date: 10/14/2014
Sold by: Random House
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 256
File size: 3 MB

About the Author

Jake Wood is cofounder and CEO of Team Rubicon and a former Marine sniper with tours in Iraq and Afghanistan. He has been profiled by Forbes, People, and on CNN and has been named a 2012 CNN Hero and awarded the 2011 GQ Better Men Better World Award.

Team Rubicon (TR) is disaster relief organization that unites military veterans with first responders to rapidly deploy emergency response teams to areas hit by natural disasters. TR is widely recognized for its organizational efficiency and ability to be one of the first to reach the most devastated, remote, and needy areas.  Since 2010, Team Rubicon has been instrumental in over 50 missions ranging from South Sudan and Haiti, to Joplin, Missouri and Hurricane Sandy.

Table of Contents

Introduction 1


Lesson 1 Preparation: Lessons from the Marines' Most Elite School 17

Lesson 2 Build a High-Impact Team 44

Lesson 3 Establish Transparency; Demand Accountability 72


Lesson 4 Find and Prioritize Your Targets 103

Lesson 5 Create Actionable Intelligence 129


Lesson 6 Know, Then Accept, Your Risks 153

Lesson 7 Find the 80% Solution 176


Lesson 8 Improvise, Adapt, and Overcome 205

Conclusion 229

Acknowledgments 241

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Take Command: Lessons in Leadership: How to Be a First Responder in Business 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
BlackFive More than 1 year ago
There have been thousands of books about leadership.  So what makes Jake's book different? First, Jake Wood takes his experiences as a collegiate athlete, a Marine sniper, an entrepreneur, and as the leader of a disaster relief organization and effectively distills the recipe for, not just managing the chaos, but rising from the worst of circumstances and succeeding... that is truly what we all look to our leaders to do.   Jake writes: "...But what I didn't know until after I left the Marines was how valuable the leadership skills I learned there would be off the battlefield..." Jake's recipe goes beyond the usual military leadership style book and is appropriate anywhere - business, government, hospitals, non-profits...you name it.  Anyone in any situation can apply these simple principles and shape a successful outcome.  So what are they? Take Command - the methods/principles - are broken down into 4 parts:  Prepare, Analyze, Decide, and Act. Each part is illustrated with high-energy examples and succinct lessons and is capped with a "mission brief" (for non-military types, it's a kind of a review of critical points). For example, in the Prepare Section, there are lessons on preparing your mind and body, building a high impact team, and being transparent and accountable (up and down). Take Command - Lessons in Leadership: How to Be a First Responder in Business is a highly effective guide for any leader or anyone aspiring to become a leader.  The lessons are both timely and timeless, effective, energetic and succinct.  It is worthy of your hard earned dollars and time.