THE PLATOON HUT

This is a place to talk tactics, address problems, and answer questions in an informal setting. Our instructors will all contribute through short articles, questions, and topics for discussion. It will be a chance for you to interact with our instructors and other troopers looking to discuss the leadership challenges we all face. #PlatoonHut

Build Teams That Cover And Move

The first Law of Combat is Cover and Move. At its core, Cover and Move means teamwork. Individuals and teams must mutually support one another, working together in order to accomplish the mission. But how do you get individuals and teams to most effectively work together? The answer, that I’ve seen tested and proven in combat, business or in any other arena in life, is to build relationships.

THE BALANCE OF SPREADING BELIEF

Belief is one of the most important factors in determining the success of a team. As Jocko wrote about in Extreme Ownership, if the team believes in the mission, they will do whatever it takes to accomplish the goal. But if the team doesn’t believe in the mission, it’s unlikely they will persevere through challenges or do the hard work necessary to achieve mission success. But getting a team on board isn’t as easy as telling them about the mission. Spreading belief, like many other facets of leadership, requires balance. It’s another of the infinite dichotomies in the Dichotomy of Leadership.

When everything is going right, be thinking about where things can go wrong

It’s human nature to get comfortable with success. Victory breeds confidence. Successive victories multiply that confidence which can lead to complacency. When leaders and teams get complacent, they fail to thoroughly plan for contingencies since the potential for challenges and obstacles seems far-fetched. However, this mindset sets the team up for disaster.

DON’T TAKE IT PERSONAL

While powerful, communicating in written word can be dangerous when the reader receives a different emotion than the writer intended. The dynamic of the correspondents’ relationship at the time and the current work situation are factors that can cause a difference in the perception of the message.

LOSE A LITTLE CONTROL

The most common answer I hear from leaders who have a hard time letting go is a feeling of ‘loss of control.’ They worry that the ship will crash when they begin taking their hands off the wheel. This is human nature. As a junior officer in the SEALs, I thought I had to lead everything because of the nature of my title. However, it was a series of great mentors who taught me that the true sign of a leader is how the team or organization performs when the leader leaves.

HOW TO MOTIVATE YOUR TEAM TO ASK QUESTIONS

The 4th Law of Combat, Decentralized Command, is fundamental to having an agile and flexible organization. For Decentralized Command to be effective, everyone on the team must understand the “why” behind their individual part of the mission.

EXERCISING LEADERSHIP WITH REMOTE WORKERS

The first thing you should do is let your team know that you won’t let the distance prevent good communication. Show them that you’re going to make it a priority to develop a strong relationship regardless of where everyone works. There are several ways to engage remotely including email, Skype, FaceTime, the phone, and others. Utilize them all to develop good relationships.

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We offer practical, experience-based solutions to complex problems based on combat leadership lessons learned through a myriad of dynamic leadership challenges.

The Team

Combat-proven leaders with experience in building, training and leading high-performance winning teams.

What Is Extreme Ownership?

There is no one else to blame; you must own problems along with solutions; commit to lead up and down the chain of command


Extreme Ownership

This book explains the SEAL leadership concepts crucial to accomplishing the most difficult missions in combat and how to apply them to any group, team, or organization.

Dichotomy of Leadership

Willink and Babin clearly explain THE DICHOTOMY OF LEADERSHIP―skills that are mission-critical for any leader and any team to achieve their ultimate goal: VICTORY.