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To learn how to develop the greatest teams, look to the US Navy SEALs, the Green Berets and similar legendary small-unit warrior squads. Author Alden Mills is a former SEALs team leader and former high school and college rower – a sport that requires crew members to row “perfectly in unison.” Here, he examines all aspects of small-unit teams, including how to recruit the best candidates and how to foster and lead your team.

About the Author

Three-time US Navy SEAL platoon commander Alden Mills was the CEO of Perfect Fitness. He holds more than 40 patents and has more than 25 years of experience working with high-performing teams.

 

Summary

US Navy SEALs and other Special Operations Command warriors work in teams. They don’t want any Rambos.

The US military’s Special Operations Command – composed of legendary units like the SEALs, Green Berets, Rangers and Delta Force troops – has no place for lone wolves like actor Sylvester Stallone’s movie character Rambo. In the military world, the idea of a Rambo is a pejorative.

Carefully coordinated teamwork characterizes and defines how Special Operations Command units operate. Many times, they aim for “over-the-horizon” (OTH) goals, a specialty of the Navy SEALs. Big goals involve the unknown. They call on teams and their leaders to handle something they can’t yet see and don’t know much about ahead of time.

Organizations need committed, unstoppable teams to achieve OTH goals. The members of these teams must have diverse skills and work selflessly to achieve their objectives. Unstoppable teams work in the military, in the corporate world and in other sectors. They often model themselves after Special Operations units like the SEALs.

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