Extreme Ownership

A really interesting and insightful video on ownership from a ex Navy Seal – Jocko Willink.

Extreme Ownership: In summary, people are not robots and sometimes they don’t do exactly what you say. So sometimes you have to lead and inspire to make things happen. And also without engaging with the team properly and the less input you get on planning; the higher chance it may not be successful.

So involve team members and get them to own their tasks and even the plan. By owning such things they are part of what is being done and should put more effort into it.

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Stakeholder Management and Communication

I have been reading a book called Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind by Yuval Noah Harari.

I can’t say I agree with everything that is said in the book, but it makes a lot of excellence points and one of the things that stood out for me is when it notes how groups of people such as tribes, armies and empires that rise to power are not always the most powerful or have the biggest armies.

These factors can be very important, but the key thing is simply the relationships, deals, negotiations and comprises that the group makes. This key to building success.

I think this very much applies in business and the relationships you build with your colleagues, team members and stakeholders. Obviously not with any murders or wars! But a key thing to bare in mind here is that communication is often regarded as a soft skill, but in fact it’s a very hard skill to master and also to do well regularly. But one of the key points to working with stakeholders or team members successfully is communicating with them well, confidently and building trust. If required a person should push him or herself to communicate with transperancy, and face to face where ever is possible.

You cannot be lazy or scared in doing this; as that is often one of the faults in communication. You must step out of the safe zones and speak to people in good and bad situations. Also being clear, concise and listening to what others have to say is very important.

Sapiens: A Brief History of Humankind