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Extreme Ownership

By: Jocko Willink,Leif Babin
Narrated by: Jocko Willink,Leif Babin
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Once they arrived home after being stationed in Iraq, Navy Seals Jocko Willink and Leif Babin were determined to teach the exceptional leadership skills they learned in the field to those seeking battle-tested blueprints for success. 

In Extreme Ownership, Willink and Babin team up to offer listeners key leadership skills that they can incorporate into both their personal and professional lives. Featuring plenty of ideas tested in real-world scenarios, this New York Times best seller is encouraging and engaging, emphasising the importance of initiative and imparting invaluable wisdom. And it’s even more compelling in audio—the gritty, drill sergeant-esque narration that the authors bring to this listen truly takes it to the next level.

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MORE THAN HALF A MILLION COPIES SOLD

An updated edition of the blockbuster leadership book that took America and the world by storm.

In Extreme Ownership, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin share hard-hitting, Navy SEAL combat stories that translate into lessons for business and life.

Jocko and Leif served together in SEAL Task Unit Bruiser, the most highly decorated Special Operations unit from the war in Iraq. Through those difficult months of sustained combat, Jocko, Leif and their SEAL brothers learned that leadership - at every level - is the most important thing on the battlefield. Now they teach these same leadership principles to companies throughout the business world that want to build their own high-performance, winning teams.

Extreme Ownership explains the SEAL leadership concepts crucial to accomplishing the most difficult missions in combat and how to apply them to any group, team, or organization. It provides the reader with Jocko and Leif's formula for success: the mindset and guiding principles that enable SEAL combat units to achieve extraordinary results. It demonstrates how to apply these directly to business and life to likewise achieve victory.

Take Extreme Ownership. Lead and win.

©2018 Jocko Willink (P)2018 Macmillan Australia Audio

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Outstanding, an actual 'Good Times' read

As a former military officer I thought the modern generation of leadership training would have moved on from what I was taught over two decades ago, it hasn't, just the basics refined and enhanced (with better toys in support).
In my current role as a C suite executive this book served as a reminder of how these military principles should be applied in the coroporate world.
On a personal note, the recollection of training and combat actions bought back memiories. Often I found myself smiling and nodding in agreement.
Great job lads!

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A collection of war stories

25mins of war stories for one line of leadership knowledge. Better books out there. Try David Goggins

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Extremely Good Book

If you could sum up Extreme Ownership in three words, what would they be?

Get after it

What other book might you compare Extreme Ownership to, and why?

This book is in a category of its own!

What about Jocko Willink and Leif Babin ’s performance did you like?

Both Jocko & Leif have a lot of conviction in there voices.

Did you have an emotional reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

It made me re-think previous situation I have been in and how I can improve my reactions in the future.

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Being ex-military I have found no better information on how to transfer skills to the civilian sector. THIS BOOK SHOULD BE MANDATORY READING FOR DISCHARGING SOLDIERS.

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  • 04-01-2016

Well worth the price

Lots of actionable advice with highly relevant parallels between military experience and its application to business/ life in general. Listened to it twice already. Highly recommend.

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Tested Insight

Read by the authors in tones reflecting their experience, this book offers tried and tested principles of effective leadership in a manner refreshingly free of corporate spin and new-age sophistry. Simple and memorable overarching principles are introduced and then well substantiated with examples from the civilian and military arenas; supporting their potential effectiveness and possible applications to the reader's own life.

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70% of every chapter is glorifying their heroism

I found this book a big waste of time. they keep talking and talking and talking about their heroic stories, and just the last 30% of every chapter is a meaningful applicable lesson. seriously, there are book whose writers are straight to the point with no fluffing around, like Atomic habits. This book however, is not one of them.
if you'd like to listen to endless stories however, you might enjoy it. I didn't.

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Great book but slow start

This is a fantastic book but I admit to struggling through the first chapter or two. After then, it's all gold. for me, the Audible sample did not do the book justice.

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90% war talk 10% leadership principles

Lots of rubbish about the Irak invasion for example in a 40 min chapter you get 32min of rubbish war/invasion talk and 8 min of leadership applied in business.
Returned it, couldn't finish it.
Good presentation by authors though
30min summary would suffice

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Returned it - Only gave it an hour.

The reviews on this book really made me want to give it a listen, so I purchased it... Later, I refunded it for my credit back.

To be fair, I didn't really give it much of a chance, only listened to an hour or so, but that was enough.

The whole first hour is the two guys telling you why they've written the book, over and over again. One of them, with a super deep tough guy voice,tells a combat story which is so full of unexplained military jargon that I was confused and didn't really know what he was talking about.

The biggest disappointment was probably the fact that in the introduction, they tell you that they've changed just about every detail relating to every story, as well as added or taken away pieces that make their stories compatible with Business training scenarios.

I actually paused for a moment because it took him so long to explain how many details they changed or added that I nearly turned it off at that point.

It's likely that their leadership training was developed in the writing room, as opposed to on the battle field.

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The usual US Military

This book certainly isn’t bad, it has many practical points, however it takes a long time to get the point that relates to business.

Be prepared to hear how amazing the US armed forces are, over and over again. Just when you may have forgotten how good they are, BOOM. They’ll tell you again.

Wait, and again.

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  • N. MacKenzie
  • 09-11-2018

to many army stories

need to simplify the army story's and get to the point. was really uninspired by this book

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  • 27-01-2023

Just what I needed to hear

Loved hearing from Leif and Jocko the lessons learned and put into practice from their years of frontline service.

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  • Tom H
  • 29-09-2021

Unfunk yourself

Have you found yourself in a funk at work during this pandemic? Read this book and get your passion back!

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  • 03-09-2020

Loved it.

Amazing book and amazingly narrated. The references from military life applied to everyday life help drive the points home. Chur.

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  • 29-04-2019

Brilliant and engaging. As expected.

Jocko and Leif deliver in their unique way the keys to succeeding as a leader in life and business.

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  • B. Cooper
  • 18-04-2019

Best information, well read. Get some!

Jocks and Leif narrate their book passionately and energetically as if you are there in the room with them. The stories of their service linked with leadership lessons and practical examples they learned, then bought into other fields to show the lessons and tactics work in any area.
I listened to the book over a week or so and had to buy the book as well, just so I could go and mark notes! Great leadership training tool that is amazing and interesting. Thanks guys!

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  • Alexander S
  • 01-01-2019

Take away lessons for every person.

Jocko and Leif apply a wealth of wisdom gleaned from years spent as effective seal operators and military professionals.

For a civil designer without a military background; I easily understood the principles set out in the book. Implementing them to my everyday routines as I progressed through the book made it a quick listen - as I found myself up every day at 4.30am with plenty of time up my sleeve.

I still hear the authors voices echoing in my head still.

Appreciate the content, and highly recommend.

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  • Marc
  • 31-12-2018

Extreme life lessons

This has been one of the best help/instructional books I've ever been through. From the great leadership messages applicable to personal and business life to the battlefield and business cases used to explain he messages, thought provoking and entertaining.

Highly recommended for everyone whether you see yourself as a leader or not.

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  • Derrick L
  • 23-11-2018

I found this book insightful and interesting

Loved it. Never dull moment in the narrative, with concrete military based examples of good leadership. Narrator was good, clear and kept things interesting.

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