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Secrets of Special Ops Leadership: Dare the Impossible--Achieve the Extraordinary
"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 ...more
Hardcover, 246 pages
Published September 9th 2005 by AMACOM/American Management Association
(first published January 1st 2005)
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This is a BUSINESS leadership book. I don't agree with his very liberal extension of the term "Commando" to anyone who is willing to "dare the impossible to achieve the extraordinary." I believe the elite military personnel who have earned that distinction are entitled to keep that moniker as a distinctive term...it is not one that should be applied to nearly any field of endeavor. Regardless, some good leadership tips are contained within the text. Don't believe I'd read it again, though.
This was a well-written book by a man with a wealth of experience. He covers several major military operations in history and relates the 'commando tactics' of leadership with those of a business. He compares and contrasts leading special operations troops into battle with leading engineers, sales personnel and other lower-level employees into growing and maintaining an effective, profitable business.