I Spent 3 Years Training Fighter Pilots at the Real Top Gun — and It Taught Me a Lesson All Elite Organizations Understand
Top Gun, the United States Navy’s Fighter Weapons School, is synonymous with excellence.
Of the many lessons I learned after spending 13 years as a Navy SEAL, one critical takeaway is that the ideal solution does not exist. The perfect mission simply does not occur because change is constant and occurs at the most inopportune time, which means the moons of opportunity will just never fully align.
Internationally successful military special operations units from the British Special Air Service, to the U.S. Navy SEALS, the U.S. Army Delta Force, the Canadian Special Operations Regiment (CSOR) and the Canadian Joint Task Force (JTF-2) all share characteristics and lessons that can help you find success in business.
After spending 13 years as a Navy SEAL, I learned a couple things about leadership from my own mistakes and others’; about what to do, what not to do, and how to squeeze out another ounce of value when you think you’re tapped.
This article explores a simple methodology that transformed both technology development and modern warfare. The Agile methodology has striking parallels to the methods employed by US Special Operation Forces (“SOF”). This article reflects on these parallels and how they can be leveraged to succeed in our complex and dynamic global economy.