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The Band Director's Lounge Podcast

Welcome to the Band Director’s lounge, a podcast about what makes great instrumental music programs. I am a band director trying to build a great program by learning from others and sharing my knowledge along the way.

Jan 9, 2020

Hello and welcome back to the Band Director’s lounge! 

This week instead of an interview, I will be doing a book review.

I have been gearing up for this episode for quite some time as the book I am going to discuss is near and dear to me. I am often sharing the book with students as it one of the best books on leadership that I have read in my entire life. The book is called “Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win” but Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. Upon first read of the title you might anticipate a machismo-drill sergeant style approach towards leadership to be laid out within its pages, however it is the exact opposite.

U.S. Navy SEALs are probably one of the highest-performing military teams in the world. In “Extreme Ownership”, retired SEAL officers Willink and Babin share the vital leadership principles that have enabled SEAL leaders and teams to achieve extraordinary results, and explain how these insights can be applied to achieve success in all aspects of business and life.

Episode Overview

  • Introduction & Update
  • Victory Within
    • Extreme Ownership (06:58)
    • No Bad Teams, Only Bad Leaders (30:00)
    • Believe (35:47)
    • Check The Ego. (40:38)
  • Wrap-up (54:40)

I’ll post some resources and links to summaries of this book. However if you are interested in picking it up, please consider using the link in the show notes to purchase it through amazon. A small percentage of the proceeds will trickle back to us and help offset some of our operating costs.

Thanks again for turning in! We’ll see you back here next time in The Band Director’s Lounge.

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  • Books mentioned in this episode:
    • Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy Seals Lead and Win” by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin