Every moment of a Navy SEAL’s life is geared toward the word Team, according to the anonymous author of Team Secrets of the Navy SEALs: the Elite Military Force’s Leadership Principles for Business. The most difficult and dangerous military missions are assigned to teams of Navy SEALs, and the survival of each member of the team depends on every member thinking as a team. Thus the Navy SEALs provide a useful study in the characteristics of highly effective teams.
An experienced business manager will already be aware of these principles; nonetheless, it is helpful to read about them from the particular context of the Navy SEALs. A particularly interesting observation made by the author is: “You should keep an eye on those who do not make a fuss … a complaining sailor is a happy sailor.” The aim is not to get team members to complain for the sake of complaint, but to ensure that they are contributing their ideas for positive change within the organisation.
The book is fairly short, and easy and enjoyable to read, being filled with interesting anecdotes about life in the Navy SEALs, an organisation I suspect most readers have no desire to volunteer for. I recommend it to business leaders looking for a fresh perspective on how to make teams effective.