Navy SEALs are widely respected for their extraordinary team performance. It’s no exaggeration to say that their consistency in this regard is unmatched by any other organization. It’s also well-known that this excellence demands a level of sacrifice and commitment few organizations are willing to accept. For the few and the willing, however, the three key techniques that make the SEALs great are replicable and will give you a competitive advantage like no other.
(bright calm music) … - If you are looking to the Navy Seals as sort of paragons … of leadership and high-performing teams, … and wondering how to bring this into your own organization, … I would say there's probably three key things to do, … and you might not like any of them. … So the first is, they have a great saying, … which is you don't ever rise to the occasion, … you sink to your training. … And the bottom line is if you … want excellence in your organization, … you have to invest the time and the dollars … into training your people relentlessly and ruthlessly … and rigorously to get that kind of excellence. … It doesn't happen buying a resume. … It doesn't happen with casual Fridays. … It doesn't happen with team building off-sites. … It happens with a consistent, comprehensive, … program of training. … (bright calm music) … The next is, you know, we talk about how do they, you know, … as in their terms flip the switch … or drop into a high-performing group flow state together …
This course includes videos from:
Nick Offerman, writer, woodworker, and actor (Parks and Rec)
Shane Snow, science and business journalist and the cofounder of Contently
Barbara Oakley, professor of engineering at Oakland University in Rochester, MI
John Seely Brown, former director of Xerox PARC and current USC advisor
Jamie Wheal, leading expert on the neurophysiology of human performance, Flow Genome Project
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