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Title:
Take command : lessons in leadership : how to be a first responder in business
Author:
Wood, Jake, 1983-
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Publication Information:
New York : Crown Business, [2014]
Physical Description:
242 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Summary:
Explores "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, [and] to build teams with high impact, and then inspire those teams to follow you into the fire"--Amazon.com.
Language:
English
Contents:
Introduction -- Prepare. Preparation: lessons from the Marines' most elite school ; Build a high-impact team ; Establish transparency, demand accountability -- Analyze. Find and prioritize your targets ; Create actionable intelligence -- Decide. Know, then accept, your risks ; Find the 80% solution -- Act. Improvise, adapt, and overcome -- Conclusion.
ISBN:
9780804138383
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Book

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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.


Author Notes

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) nbsp;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. nbsp;Since 2010, Team Rubicon has been instrumental in over 50 missions ranging from South Sudan and Haiti, to Joplin, Missouri and Hurricane Sandy.


Reviews 3

Booklist Review

Leaders can be found everywhere, as can leadership advice in print, online, and through seminars and workshops. What differentiates author Wood (CEO of Team Rubicon, a disaster-relief organization of military veterans who act as first responders) is his simple, four-step approach: prepare, analyze, decide, and act. No, it's not new or innovative or earth-moving; on the other hand, his eight lessons (roughly connected with his four directions) are filled with stories from the front, whether related to his Marine Iraqi deployment or to his team's tenure after the Haiti earthquake. His advice is truly streamlined, from building a high-impact team based on roles and trust to continuously improving his team, covering not only the leader's span of control (for instance, number of people managed) but also the surrounding communications system. Every chapter includes a summary, called mission brief, which captures the basics.--Jacobs, Barbara Copyright 2010 Booklist


Publisher's Weekly Review

At age 30, former Marine sniper Wood has become the cofounder and CEO of Team Rubicon, a disaster relief organization that now has 20,000 volunteers, both veterans and first responders, backed by two dozen staff members. By the end of 2013, they'd conducted more than 50 missions, both at home and abroad, responding to hurricanes, tornadoes, and refugee crises, among other situations. Wood found that the lessons of his deployments, and those learned from his team, are highly applicable to business. His road map is simple: prepare, analyze, decide, and act. The breakdown of each step is fully fleshed-out. Wood provides lessons in preparing the body, mind, and soul; establishing transparency; finding and prioritizing targets; making wise decisions; and taking action. All lessons are illustrated with high-testosterone stories from the front lines of war and disaster zones, and each chapter ends with top-level advice ("mission briefs"). User-friendly and energetic, this is a new twist on accepted leadership wisdom. Agent: Sydelle Kramer, Susan Rabiner Literary Agency. (Oct.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.


Library Journal Review

Leadership is important in any profession. But in some arenas, strong guidance can make the difference between life and death. After playing football at the University of Wisconsin, Wood enlisted in the U.S. Marines where the stakes were considerably higher than on the gridiron. His tours in Iraq and Afghanistan as an elite marine sniper taught him a lot about what makes a sound leader. After leaving the military, Wood's knack for entrepreneurship gave rise to Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization that deploys military veterans and first responders to areas struck by natural disasters. His team first tested its mettle in the aftermath of the 2010 earthquake that devastated Haiti. Drawing from his experiences, Wood illustrates how business leaders can use basic principles of preparation, analysis, decision, and action effectively. VERDICT Wood's experiences in risky combat maneuvers and disaster relief are exciting and sometimes unnerving-and they shed light on exciting aspects of leadership that can be useful in any profession.-Carol Elsen, Univ. of Wisconsin, Whitewater Libs. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Table of Contents

Introductionp. 1
Prepare
Lesson 1 Preparation: Lessons from the Marines' Most Elite Schoolp. 17
Lesson 2 Build a High-Impact Teamp. 44
Lesson 3 Establish Transparency; Demand Accountabilityp. 72
Analyze
Lesson 4 Find and Prioritize Your Targetsp. 103
Lesson 5 Create Actionable Intelligencep. 129
Decide
Lesson 6 Know, Then Accept, Your Risksp. 153
Lesson 7 Find the 80% Solutionp. 176
Act
Lesson 8 Improvise, Adapt, and Overcomep. 205
Conclusionp. 229
Acknowledgmentsp. 241