Disciplined, not rigid

By Echelon Front

Jocko and Leif wrote Dichotomy of Leadership as a follow-up to Extreme Ownership: How Navy SEALs Lead and Win and dive deep into the most challenging aspect of leading people. Understanding how to maintain balance enables leaders to most effectively lead, accomplish the mission, and achieve the ultimate goal: VICTORY.

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Effective teams are disciplined but not rigid. Jocko and Leif share the importance of a team that can think and solve problems when challenges arise. They also discuss the importance of balance and having a doctrine of standard operating procedures for when challenges reoccur. Dive deeper into this chapter through role-play demonstrations and application exercises with examples of what to do and what NOT to do to LEAD and WIN. Leaders earn a certificate of completion when passing the Learning Check at the end of the course.

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Ch. 7: Disciplined, Not Rigid

Disciplined, Not Rigid focuses on finding the balance between being disciplined and flexible.  Too many standard operating procedures or an overly disciplined environment can actually inhibit your team’s ability to think critically.  Discipline is the path to freedom, but your people should still have the ability to adapt, adjust, and maneuver to do what is needed to achieve victory.  The course includes combat examples, a detailed explanation of the principle, direct application to business with multiple examples, and role-play demonstrations of what to do and what not to do. Knowledge is tested through three interactive application exercises and five learning check questions. 

Learning Objectives 

  • Identify when too much Discipline has been imposed 
  • Balance Discipline with critical thinking 
  • Determine when SOPs can be deviated from 

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