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Navigating Chaos: How to Find Certainty in Uncertain Situations Hardcover – December 15, 2015
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"Jeff Boss is a shining example of the power of quiet leadership. The perseverance, humility, and team-first attitude that allowed him to excel as a Navy SEAL are directly applicable to all leaders."
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We live and conduct business daily with new information, new decisions to make and new technology to adapt to. At the same time many of us constantly feeling like more needs to get done and there is a constant struggle to manage the chaos that surrounds us. Jeff's tone, personality and humorous anecdotes compliment his descriptive stories that will humble the smartest and toughest individuals alive. He is able to take the reader on a journey that feels familiar, yet couldn't be further from the truth considering the majority of corporate leaders have never experienced what he and his Navy Seal teammates did. The lessons and values he preaches apply directly to sound business fundamentals and how to live a better life.
I am on my second round of reading what I consider to be a roadmap to become a better husband, father, business leader and person. After reading Navigating Chaos, I am humbly reminded on the importance of transparency, communication and that learning process never ends.
If you have made it this far with reading my review, go the extra step and purchase a copy of this book. You will not be disappointed and you will find yourself referring it to others.
The principles in the book relate to every person, regardless of what your ‘job’ is or where you are in life. Reading the book put me on the edge of my seat most of the way through, as Jeff described so many details of the missions he went on; it was like I was there with the TEAM. It is amazing how Jeff correlates his military experience back to how companies and you can improve.
The premise of the book is based on 4 pillars of performance: Physical (Habits, health, rest, nutrition); Mental (Focus, mental fortitude, learning); Emotional (Passion, emotional, intelligence, resilience); and Spiritual (Purpose, fulfillment, visualization).
Quote from page 5: “The secret is to keep the performance capabilities (physical, mental, emotional, spiritual) fulfilled, as doing so sustains energy levels to perform, adapt and to lead”.
While there are far too many incredible words and quotes in the book, here are a few ‘takeaways’ that put me on ‘stun’ for a moment; words that made me sit back, breathe and take it all in before I could continue on to the next section: Page 32 – Leadership; Page 39-43 – Purpose; Page 52 – Passion; Page 58-61 – 12 points about passionate people; Page 67 – 5 C’s of chaos; Page 70 – Tactical Patience; Page 145 – Humility; Page 215-217 – The Door; Page 235-248 – The SEAL Secret Sauce.
Last, but not least: Quote from page 275: “there’s always opportunity in chaos”.
Don’t pass on this book, as it is too good not to have in your collection of incredible and super reads.
I found it extremely helpful at times when I really need it and I believe it will serve me way beyond that.
Through it I could feel author's love for his profession and his passion for it, and I felt inspired and motivated to go for the things that are connected to my values and purpose in life.
I think that what resonated with me the most were his vivid descriptions of his missions in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the leadership lessons he took from those experiences. I truly believe that such situations are probably the best test for someone's passion and values towards the work. And I would underline passion and values, because as he says in the book, both go hand in hand. This is what struck me the most.
I think that everything else builds on this, such as teamwork and performance. If one is really pursuing the true passion, then everything else would come easier, rather than the opposite way.
The bad news is that most of us are still searching for our true passion, or maybe sometimes we are not brave enough to go for it. However this book might serve us as a wake-up call.
Why? His thoughts on teamwork and improvement made me feel that I already know this in theory, but doing it in practice comes a little bit harder.
Then it came the part of passion, purpose and values (accompanied by his experiences) and this is where I understood why putting things in practice is not as easy as it seems to be.
Hopefully, this book will serve as food for thought and will provide answers for everyone who is feeling stuck in a way both personally or professionally!