Extreme Ownership Audible Audiobook – Unabridged
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An updated edition of the blockbuster leadership book that took America and the world by storm.
In Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin share hard-hitting, Navy SEAL combat stories that translate into lessons for business and life.
Jocko and Leif served together in SEAL Task Unit Bruiser, the most highly decorated Special Operations unit from the war in Iraq. Through those difficult months of sustained combat, Jocko, Leif and their SEAL brothers learned that leadership - at every level - is the most important thing on the battlefield. Now they teach these same leadership principles to companies throughout the business world that want to build their own high-performance, winning teams.
Extreme Ownership explains the SEAL leadership concepts crucial to accomplishing the most difficult missions in combat and how to apply them to any group, team, or organization. It provides the reader with Jocko and Leif's formula for success: the mindset and guiding principles that enable SEAL combat units to achieve extraordinary results. It demonstrates how to apply these directly to business and life to likewise achieve victory.
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|Listening Length||8 hours and 25 minutes|
|Author||Jocko Willink, Leif Babin|
|Narrator||Jocko Willink, Leif Babin|
|Whispersync for Voice||Ready|
|Audible.com.au Release Date||27 September 2018|
|Publisher||Macmillan Australia Audio|
|Best Sellers Rank||
82 in Audible Books & Originals (See Top 100 in Audible Books & Originals)
4 in Leadership (Audible Books & Originals)
6 in Business Leadership (Books)
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I read a lot and this book is one of the best I’ve come across. I couldn’t recommend more highly.
Leadership is not a talent, it is a skill. This means that it can be learned and taught. It doesn't means that the process will be easy or simple, it means that, for those who desire the responsibility of command, the lessons are there to be learned and this book is a great place to understand what it truly means to lead, in good times and in bad and how the skills of leadership are developed through discipline, experience and always seeking to improve. Success is always guaranteed but the hard work required for that guarantee is the choice of the individual.
I did not give a 5th star bacause I felt this text did not go deep enough into the concepts. At times it began to feel, by the end of a chapter, a little like an infomercial, with the key tag line repeated often but not really digging deeper.
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This book could literally be 50 pages and make the same points clearly and concisely without all the theatrics like "I spoke on the radio to my commander that we had insurgents in the area, and he replied roger". Felt like a lot of content was made just for the sake of adding pages.
That being said, the principles itself on extreme ownership are solid and I did understand them and enjoyed them. Unfortunately I had to deal with all the military out of context stories to get there. Maybe I would've liked it if my expectations for this book had been different.
I simply didn't find any of the principles on leadership or discipline to be anything more than common knowledge. If you read books on leadership before or on discipline or military books, there doesn't seem to be anything unique here, in my opinion.
If you love War Stories especially in a modern context, this is an excellent book. It's well-written and fun to read. I just didn't particularly find it helpful.
For leadership technique or principles of self discipline, I would not recommend this book. For stories of overcoming challenges in Modern Combat and conflict, I would recommend this book.
But ultimately, given my expectations, I was pretty disappointed. I'm also disappointed at the great reviews it's got because I feel like I'm taking crazy pills here!
* Edit: I went back and read some of the lower reviews and I concur with all of them. I'm glad at least a few people noticed that this book was heavy on bragging and light on principles. The 90% five star reviews are only right if you love War Stories and don't really care about leadership or self discipline.
What I liked about the book ?
1. War stories
2. Simple principles in every chapter
3. Easy read
4. Blunt style of Jocko
What i did not like ?
1. Too many military or technical terms (apart from those terms rest of the book is easy read)
2. Not exactly a self help book. It is especially made for people who like war tactics or war stories as every chapter starts with a story involving Jocko or Leif
- 90% of the chapter is covered with war stories and 5% with lesson learned from that story and 5% with application of that lesson to business.
3. Book becomes boring after reading two three chapters. So I skipped all the stories and read just the "lesson" and its business application. :D
Not exactly a self help book. It provides less principles. You will again more by listening to Jocko podcast. I was expecting something exceptional but book turns out to be just "good" not great. Give it a try, you will learn something different but not much.