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Leadership Strategy and Tactics

Field Manual
Written by: Jocko Willink
Narrated by: Jocko Willink
Length: 8 hrs and 25 mins
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This program is read by the author.

The ultimate guide on leadership from the number-one New York Times best-selling coauthor of Extreme Ownership.

In the military, a field manual provides instructions in simple, clear, step-by-step language to help soldiers complete their mission. In the civilian sector, books offer information on everything from fixing a leaky faucet to developing an effective workout program to cooking a good steak.

But what if you are promoted into a new position leading your former peers? What if you don’t get selected for the leadership position you wanted? How do you overcome imposter syndrome when you aren’t sure you should be leading? As a leader, how do you judiciously dole out punishment? What about reward? How do you build trust with your both your superiors and your subordinates? How do you deliver truthful criticism up and down the chain of command in a tactful and positive way?

These are all questions about leadership - the most complex of all human endeavors. And while there are books out there that provide solid leadership principles, books like Extreme Ownership and The Dichotomy of Leadership, there is no leadership field manual that provides a direct, situational, pragmatic how-to guide that anyone can instantly put to use.

Until now. Leadership Strategy and Tactics explains how to take leadership theory, quickly translate that theory into applicable strategy, and then put leadership into action at a tactical level. This audiobook is the solution that leaders at every level need - not just to understand the leadership game but also how to play the leadership game and win it.

©2019 Jocko Willink (P)2019 Macmillan Audio

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very easy to comprehend.

Narrator was excellent able to visualize easily comprehended to execute material learned. Examples are engaging.

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Extremely Refreshing

There was a time when a handshake was enough to seal a deal. A time when honour, discipline, and acts of burying the ego were normative behaviours. A time when doing the right thing was not about garnering attention, but upholding a standard. There was a time when the norms of business and social behaviour were dominated by individuals that learned self-discipline and leadership through military service. That influence is less present in our modern world, but the standards they endeared are no less valuable. Jocko Willink’s book engenders those standards and beyond. For most that have served time in military service, the standards of discipline and principled leadership are learned through an implicit process, being part of the system. Implicit learning is important because it teaches instinct and habit, but it does not always provide a clear framework. Implicit learning follows a convergent path, gradually shaping an individual’s behaviours through experience. The problem with implicit learning is that without a clear standard, a clear goal, the learning process can be long, and some lessons may never be learned. Jocko’s book bridges that gap by providing a clear framework, a goal, a standard of leadership that is worthy of aspiration. This is not a book about becoming a great leader in the manner of Napoleon or Alexander, it is a book that exemplifies the standards for professional leadership. Leadership that is built on strength, self-control, and sensitivity to the needs and mannerisms of real people. A guidebook that completes the cognitive map of what a leader should be. For those actively involved in military service Jocko’s book offers a perfect compliment to their implicit learning path, a clear framework that enables a path to deliberate, conscious learning. For those in the business world, it defines a goal to which leaders may strive while plotting their own experiential path. For me it was revelatory in that it defined many leadership principles that I previously sensed, but could not elucidate. It was also a refreshing affirmation, that in a world where narcissistic tendencies have become more prevalent, there is still value in those old standards of self-control.

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This is not an enjoyable book

The author, aggressive and abrasive the content , oversimplified and toxic would i recommend this book, no

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True leadership

Jocko does it again. with a great book That resonates with me better. then the multitude of Leadership courses I've taken in the military over an 18 year career.

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Another Outstanding Book from Jocko

This book is another excellent leadership manual that accelerates growth as a leader. i've read his other books before this one, and if you have as well you will enjoy this one also. Detailed exploration of a very tricky skill.

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something for everyone

When going through the book, not only did I see an opportunity to change some of my tactics when leading my team but also was able to relate challenges friends and family were hitting within their respective roles. Each conversation seemed to tie into the chapters I had just finished so I recommended the book each time as a great resource to step back from the problem and look at it through a new lens.

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Great educational and informative material

Excellent and very informative information. Well put into words with awesome examples of applications. Money well spent and an overall great book to listen to.

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Informative and entertaining

I feel comfortable applying what Jocko talked about. Info about Seals training was informative and entertaining.

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  • ola
  • 2020-08-03

Kept my mind thinking

very helpful in identifying many leadership strategies. Made my mind really dig deep in my own personal leadership roles. Very well presented!

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Joko For President

great listen, very well structured and organized 👍 Highly Recommended and great re-listen quality 👍

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  • 2020-01-15

Liked it so much I'm driving to NY to see him chat

JOCKO - if I had you as a mentor (writing, podcasts, the 'gram, etc.) growing up, I'd be a different person today as an adult. I've read (and re-read) every book you and Leif have put out, and those you drafted on your own. My six-year-old is about as big a Mikey fan as you could imagine. I have achieved a lot in my life, but a few years ago I got comfortable. I have served my country, but I stopped serving, and stopped hard, I did. I am now back on track, better than ever, and I take your words seriously and have implemented much into my daily routing including beating you to rise at 4:30 - a game I like to play. "Leadership Strategy and Tactics" didn't disappoint. I read half last night when I got home from work (thanks for the prompt shipping, Amazon!) and finished the rest after buying the Audible this morning during my commute and first few hours in the office. About to listen again and take notes. Thank you, sincerely, for making me a better husband, father, worker, owner of a company and servant of others. Semper Fidelis, Bretton

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  • travis jacobs
  • 2020-01-16

Stand By To Get Some

Such great wisdom, simple, clear and concise. Presented in a straight forward manner, based upon experience.

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  • Huebert Waldheim
  • 2020-02-18

Awesome info

It was a great listen. But having listened to the podcast extreme ownership and dichotomy of extreme over ship multiple times, it was a lot of the same information. It drives it home and revamped a lot of the knowledge I missed or didn't remember in the other books

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  • John Madany
  • 2020-01-16

Extreme usefulness!

Thanks Jocko! This book distills your thoughts and experience in a useful format. I know this book will help me because I have already put some of your teaching into practice. Just finished the Audible version and have the Kindle version for reference. Every leader needs this book and almost everyone is a leader. You could also use it for a parenting manual. Thanks again!

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  • cameron christon
  • 2020-01-15

Outstanding

Jocko has a way of inspiring anyone who listens to be a better leader and a better person. These tactics and strategies are an extremely concise version of the principles discussed in Extreme Ownership and Jocko's other books, as well as the podcast which is also. OUTSTANDING.

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  • matt
  • 2020-01-17

Jocko delivers again

I got the chance to here Jocko speak in Hawaii this year, and whether he is speaking, writing, or narrating, he delivers his message perfectly. His writer/narrator combo allows him to perfectly emphasize his points, and he has truly helped me shape my leadership style. A must read for any leader or future leader

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  • Karston Bauman
  • 2020-01-17

Everyone should read this.

If you want to positively contribute to the world, read this book, it will help you a ton.

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  • Julian Lopez
  • 2020-08-07

lead 4 your team

the leaders tool box for building teams and maintaining high performance and maximizing potential.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 2020-06-25

An Intense Insistence on Responsible Leadership

Performance: Though it is not often the case that a Narrator is also the Author, and more so ever succeed at both rolls equally, Jocko Willink does just that. Jocko does not read blandly, robotically, or otherwise, and sound quality is also quite good. So while some may hold the vocal intensity as a determent to listening to this book, I find it only drives the importance of particular topics home, and you can pick up and can hear the differences in his approach and speaking to do just that. Story/Content: It does not take much research to know the author promotes "Extreme Responsibility". And this book doubly supports and encourages such to a fever point. There is good reasoning and logic behind the principals, as with great responsibility comes great power and control over a situation, with a strong focus on Team Achievement over Personal Achievement alone. Yet this book also gives examples, though somewhat anecdotal, of the thought process in action. Further more explaining/suggesting how you can expect The Team, or people in general to react in situations and why your actions will prepare for that in advance. Compared to how many Leadership books simply focus on personal character without application. Yet the sheer intensity in the approach, even if wise, is difficult to leap into. And the book doesn't offer or suggest a way of easing into the role which I believe other reader's may have difficulty adjusting to. Overall: A practical, heavily team focused, approach to dealing with Leadership . And when used with respect and thought, can garner great results. Though sometimes the reader may be left to wonder where exactly is a good starting point, what are the downsides or counter-arguments , and if accepting all of these burdens are actually worthwhile. But if managed, makes a great addition to a Leader's toolkit, and provides ample viewpoints to consider.

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  • Daniel Bihari
  • 2020-03-09

Great Info

Great read for any leader or anyone looking for more people skills. Really to the point and no fluff.

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