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Elite: High Performance Lessons and Habits from a Former Navy SEAL

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Elite: High Performance Lessons and Habits from a Former Navy SEAL

Nick Hays

ISBN: 978-1-119-53814-1 May 2019 224 Pages

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Proven tools to take your team and yourself to the next level

Elite: High Performance Lessons and Habits from a Former Navy SEAL is a practical, no-nonsense guide to elevate your leadership skills and drive your team to their maximum potential. Before you can push your team to the max, you must push yourself—elite teams require elite leaders. This invaluable guide supplies the tools you need to develop effective strategies to motivate, adapt, and overcome. Author Nick Hays combines military training with Harvard education to present a comprehensive program that will unlock the potential in yourself and your team.

The business environment has changed dramatically over the last several decades. Volatile market conditions, disruptive innovation, and digital transformations across entire sectors have rendered traditional business methods obsolete. To thrive, businesses must be adaptable, agile, and lean. Policies and procedures may change, but strong leadership and shared goals ensure a source of strength and continuity. Providing real-world methods and effective strategies, this essential resource will allow you to:

  • Embrace the Warrior Mindset to always be proactive, never a victim
  • Develop the trust of your team through strength and shared experience
  • Devise durable and sustainable business strategies and contingency plans that adapt to fluid situations
  • Promote a culture of innovation and authenticity to deliver a solid foundation for your team

Elite: High Performance Lessons and Habits from a Former Navy SEAL is a must-read guide for everyone from aspiring entrepreneurs to established business leaders. No matter the stage of your business—development, exploitation, or disruption—Elite will change your approach to business and unlock the warrior within.

Introduction xv

Joined the Military xvi

Setbacks xviii

A Navy SEAL and Beyond xxi

Formal Education xxii

Carrier Change xxiv

Fail Between the Lines xxvi

What to Expect xxvii

Chapter 1 Remove the Dead Weight 1

Creating a Masterpiece 3

Assets and Liabilities 5

The Backpack 6

Evaluate the Weight 8

Chapter 2 No More Excuses 11

Fall from Perfect 14

Take Action 15

Find Your Optimal Performance 15

Inverted U and Stress Control 16

Find Peace in Admitting Your Fear 18

The Potential of Failure Is Not an Excuse 19

Chapter 3 Take Control of Your Thoughts 21

The Confidence Dial 24

Insecurity 25

Replace Negative Thoughts with Positive Thoughts 27

Put Things into Perspective 28

Levity 30

Make Big Things Small 31

Arrogance 33

Be Confident, Not Arrogant 34

Humility 35

Chapter 4 Be Mentally Tough 39

Climbing High 41

Humble Beginnings 42

A Long Way to Go 43

The Ascent 44

In Over Our Heads 46

Final Stretch 47

Lessons Learned 48

Crawl, Walk, Run 49

Chapter 5 Choosing the Warrior Mentality 53

Marathon Is Half the Word 55

Be Better Today Than Yesterday 59

Almost a Victim 60

Look Forward, not Back 62

My Accelerator Moment 63

Be 1% Better Every Day 63

Chapter 6 Be Self-Aware 67

What Is Your Personality Type? 70

Choleric 72

Sanguine 72

Phlegmatic 73

Melancholic 74

Know Where You’re Coming From 74

Play Well with Others 76

Chapter 7 Surround Yourself with the Right People 79

It Starts with Authenticity 82

Relationships: The Expanding Circle 83

Network: Your Expanding Circle 84

Middle Circle: Personal Board of Advisors 86

Inner Circle: Your Friends 87

In Practice 88

Accept Feedback 91

Start Building 92

Chapter 8 Pursue Mentorship 95

Mistakes Were Made 97

Learning Curve Cost 98

Value of a Mentor 100

Course Correction 101

Choosing a Mentor 102

Let Your Mentor Know 104

Elite Mentors Create Elite Mentors 104

How to Mentor Others 105

Chapter 9 Continually Improve Your Situation 107

The SEAL Delivery Vehicle 109

A Frogman Story 111

Under Pressure 113

Die Fast or Slow 114

Maximize Your Upside, Minimize Your Downside 115

Ownership 117

Lessons Learned 118

Chapter 10 Make Decisions That Produce Good Results 121

OODA Loop 124

Loop versus Loop 125

When to Pivot 126

Train How You Fight 128

The Speed of Your Loop 129

The Quality of Your Loop 130

In Practice 131

Chapter 11 Guard Your Time 133

Social Media 136

In the Workplace 138

Find Your Why 139

Chapter 12 Guard Your Mind 143

Hell Week 145

Not Your Average Joe 147

The Rubber Meets the Road 148

Protect Your Mental Hard Drive 153

Localize Your Data 154

Chapter 13 Whatever It Takes 159

Taking Command of My Life 161

A Very Long Day 163

Be Unbeatable 168

Identifying the Enemy 168

Dealing with the Enemy 169

Focus on the Goal, No Matter What 171

What’s Next? 173

Acknowledgments 175

About the Author 179

Index 181