3 takeaways from SEAL officers and what I would do differently
Last week I had the chance to participate at a very interesting leadership event here, in Bucharest. Two American SEAL officers, Robert O’Neill and Scott P. Moore, with great professional records shared with us important leadership lessons from their experience.
From “never quit” to “teams” they have demonstrated with their breathtaking stories what is really important when your mission is on life and death and failure is not allowed.
There where great ideas, some of them well known in our business environment already. From these ideas 3 were very meaningful for me related to nowadays VUCA environment:
– nobody is nobody’s boss; friendship, trust and a very good knowledge of each of the teammates are the key aspects that allows SEAL teams to respond rapidly in any situation that might appear and might be very different from the initial plans;
– the problem-solving culture: they know what they have to achieve and they have the empowerment to address any problem that might stay in their way; in the end the responsibility for ensuring success is only theirs;
– money counts for success: sad but true, with all the hard work and dedication, without money is not possible to generate the same impact as in the condition of large budgets.
There was also something that SEAL teams do and I wouldn’t transfer this into business activity: they let feelings and emotions outside the room! I think it is necessary to do like this in a military environment, but in the business environment I would do it the opposite way: humans are made of flesh and bones but also of believes, feelings and emotions. And not only that leaders have to be aware of them, but they also have to learn to manage them and turn them into powerful sources of meaning, motivation and growth of their people.