The Talent War
I was scared a lot during my 23 years as a fighter pilot and forward air controller in the Marine Corps.
Joining the U.S. Army Special Forces involves more than elite combat training. The Green Berets specialize in unconventional warfare — i.e. working with guerrillas to overthrow governments — as well as counterterrorism, foreign internal defense, and special reconnaissance.
The assessment and selection of special operators is arguably the most mythical training available in the United States military. Rumors fly around the barracks about how hard it is or what percentage will actually graduate.
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.
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