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Day 24: Extreme Ownership

April 12, 2024

“Leaders must always operate with the understanding that they are part of something greater than themselves and their own personal interests.”

― Jocko Willink

When exploring the idea of “extreme ownership”, we must remember that we are responsible for not only the decisions and tasks in which we directly control, but that there is a ripple affect, and these choices directly impact the world around us. Today we discuss more on this concept and go over tactical ways we can lead more mindfully with extreme ownership.

Today’s Learning:

Book: “Extreme Ownership” by Jocko Willinks

Why does Extreme Ownership matter?

It leads you to action within your control, rather than trapping you in the vortex of wishing you could control things and people beyond your control.

Ownership implies that you understand and accept the consequences for your impact on something or someone while maintaining your dignity and self-worth independent of that something or someone.

Signs of lack of Ownership:

  1. Pushing back against criticism
  2. Deny our shortcomings
  3. Why didn’t you respond to my email?
  4. What went wrong there?

Tools for Extreme Ownership:

  1. Owning failures
  2. Grounding
  3. Growth Mindset/Attitude
  4. Connection with our human nature – never flawless
  5. Learn and Improve
  6. The biggest obstacle is your ego…
  7. Asking for what you need
  8. Stepping up to state your boundaries
  9. Somebody doesn’t understand your instructions – kids, colleagues, etc. Checking for understanding.
  10. Receiver doesn’t understand someones instructions. Asking for clarification and explanation.