Secrets of Special Ops Leadership: Dare the Impossible-- Achieve the Extraordinary

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AMACOM, Sep 9, 2005 - Business & Economics - 246 pages
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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Unfortuanatly the author is completely wrong about Hasler and his designing of the canoe used on the Frankton Raid. Other material is also flawed.
For the correct and evidenced information on the
@cockle' name , how it came about and who designed the canoe - in fact absolutely everything to do with this canoe and more you need to read The Cockleshell Canoes ISBN 9781848680654
This book was first published in December 2008. The second reprint was MAY 2009! 320 pages and 143 photos.
Heavy weight REVIEWS on 'The Cockleshell Canoes'
This from Prof. Eric Grove - Review in Navy News May 2009.
' this volume really is one of the most original, interesting and informative to have appeared recently'
'an excellent and ground breaking work',
'described in great detail'.
From 'The Croaker' April 2009 issue by M.J.A.
'Rees writes well and his narrative flows' with 'Clarity of delivery'.
'a stimulating and revealing tract'
'fascinating and detailed accounts'
Globe and Laurel - March - April 2009 issue by G.A.D
'remarkable book',
' this great and important military and maritime story - which he tells very well',
'good looking and man sized book' with 'stunning photographs'
'Navy News' is a Uk based magazine highly rated. highly subscribed.
'The Croaker' is a Subscription only magazine especially for Special Forces past and present ONLY.
'The Globe and Laurel' is a magazine of the Royal Marines.
The Navy News does a free on line edition - review is on page 44
 

Contents

CREATE THE BEST
29
DARE THE IMPOSSIBLE
47
THROW THE RULE BOOK AWAY
62
BE WHERE THE ACTION IS
75
COMMIT AND REQUIRE TOTAL COMMITMENT
85
DEMAND TOUGH DISCIPLINE
98
BUILD A COMMANDO TEAM
112
INSPIRE OTHERS TO FOLLOW YOUR VISION
126
TAKE CHARGE
150
REWARD EFFECTIVELY
163
MAKE THE MOST OF WHAT YOU HAVE
176
NEVER GIVE UP
191
FIGHT TO WIN
204
FINAL THOUGHTS ON SPECIAL OPS LEADERSHIP
215
NOTES
227
INDEX
239

ACCEPT FULL BLAME GIVE FULL CREDIT
138

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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.

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