‘The Navy SEAL Art of War’ — Finding Success in Any Organization

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Rob Roy, “The Navy SEAL Art of War” — From The BusinessInsider.com

To succeed as a SEAL — to succeed as a leader in any organization — it is imperative that you know who you are.

Consider the prophetic words of Sun Tzu: “If you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles. If you know yourself but not the enemy, for every victory gained you will also suffer a defeat. If you know neither the enemy nor yourself, you will succumb in every battle.”

The reality is that it takes hard, continuous work to really know oneself; to know one’s strengths and weaknesses.

But smart leaders funnel the same energy, passion, and competitiveness that they apply to the challenges in their everyday lives and they routinely turn it inward — focusing on knowing themselves better in order to gain a leadership advantage.

Consequently, these are the leaders who remember the life lessons that matter — and that also help others.

They can easily recite their own dreams and aspirations. They understand their own temperament and are all too aware of the length of their personal fuse.

They know what frustrates themselves about themselves as well as what frustrates them about other people. They know what motivates them to succeed — money, power, respect? — and what propels them to failure — ego, lust, greed?

They deftly play to their strengths and fiercely fight to transcend their fears.

They know their values and, consequently, know what it is that they will never compromise. This isn’t some exercise in navel-gazing. This is about knowing who you are so that you can better help yourself and be more prepared to help others.

When you are a SEAL, self-awareness heightens your ability to read situations more carefully and to then act and react accordingly. With self-awareness, your leadership is more evenhanded and steady. It won’t sway in the wind, be affected by the crowd or the brushfires erupting all around you.

If you know who you are and what you’re made of, it’s easier to serve those you lead with more vision, purpose, and clarity. For example, if you know you have a tendency to be a fixer and not a delegator, you can take a deep breath, be contemplative, and consider multiple options when something goes wrong and requires your attention or direction.

If you’ve ever taken the Myers-Briggs personality test, for example, you know that everyone has their own unique psychological type. None are better or worse, just different in many cases. Therefore, if you know that you are an ESTJ type (extroverted, sensing, thinking, judgment type), chances are you won’t want to hire an INFP type (introverted, intuition, feeling, perception type) as your number two.

Or maybe you would. It all depends on how that individual can shore up your own position as a leader. Who knows, after much thought and careful consideration, you may decide a touchy-feely sort is just the person you need to smooth out or make up for your own shortcomings in some particular area.

When you are not self-aware, you are prone to making poor decisions that can dramatically affect your life and career. If you overlook a vital aspect of who you are when making a career choice, for example, it could be disastrous for everyone involved.

When I was going through BUD/S (and as I routinely train clients in my stress-inducing classes and seminars), I quickly discovered that whether you left SEAL training as a graduate or a failure, you ultimately knew who you were.

Those who didn’t really want to be a SEAL soon figured that out. They didn’t want to suffer the deprivations, the pain, or the mental anguish. Once they came to that realization about themselves — for some it takes a day; for others, it might take six weeks — they rang the Bell three times and placed their helmet on the deck. They dropped on request.

They had a “come to Jesus” conversation with themselves and determined that being a SEAL really wasn’t who they were or what they really wanted in life, painful as it might be to admit. And they moved on. I know a journalist who is one of the best national security correspondents in the country. He’s covered the lives and careers of soldiers, sailors, airmen, and marines for more than twenty-five years.

He’s been to the bottom of the ocean in deep-submersible vehicles, flown in fixed-wing fighter aircraft, stood on the outside deck of a nuclear-powered ballistic missile submarine as it prowled off the coast of Guam, smoked cigars while standing in the crow’s nest of a heavy cruiser, and more. You name it, he’s done it and he’s loved every minute of it.

It’s a true passion and he’s a great fit at the company he works for. Unfortunately, very few people outside the military have ever heard of the paper he works for (Army Times), and fewer still know my friend’s name. That bothered him, he admitted over a beer one night.

All journalists, I’ve learned, are somewhat self-impressed. They are some of the smartest, cleverest, and most creative people I know, but they all have healthy egos, some more than others. Several years ago, frustrated, my friend thought about going to work for the Washington Post or USA Today.

He started working his professional contacts, arranging interviews with key editors, and laying the groundwork for a possible career move. He was confident he had the skills required for such a move.

He knew he could hang with the big boys. It wasn’t a matter of whether he was qualified for the gig but rather, should the stars of opportunity align themselves, whether it would be a good personal and professional fit. Did he really want it? And then he had an honest conversation with himself. And the answer he came up with surprised him.

“I honestly realized that the real reason I wanted to work at the Washington Post was so that I could go to a dinner party and say to anyone who would listen: ‘I’m a reporter for the Washington Post,'” my friend told me. “It was all about my ego.”

I want you to take regular journeys of self-discovery. Reflect on some recent decisions you’ve made and the actions you have taken. Are they what you want or expect from yourself? If not, why not? Have the courage to ask others to give you honest feedback, even if it means you don’t like what you find out.

Ask others the same questions you ask of yourself: “Am I a good leader? Am I trustworthy? Am I inspiring?” Only when we know ourselves can we ever hope to get the best from ourselves and those we are blessed to lead. Only then can we create SEAL-worthy teams.

Reprinted from NAVY SEAL ART OF WAR Copyright © 2015 by Rob Roy. Published by Crown Business, an imprint of Penguin Random House LLC.

 

 

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2 Navy SEALs Die in Training Accident in Virginia Pool

The SEAL-NSW Family Foundation sends its condolences to the families and teammates of the two US Navy SEALS who died recently during a pool accident on the east coast. Our thoughts and prayers go out to you all.  Stay stong.  

Story from Fox News:

The Navy says a second SEAL has died following a training accident in a swimming pool at a base in Virginia.

Lt. David Lloyd tells media outlets that Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Brett Allen Marihugh of Livonia, Michigan, died Sunday.

The 34-year-old Marihugh and 32-year-old Special Warfare Operator 1st Class Seth Cody Lewis of Queens, New York, were found unresponsive on Friday at the bottom of the Combat Swimming Training Facility at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story. Lewis died Friday.

The Virginia-Pilot reported that the two men were discovered at the bottom of the pool, which is regularly used by SEALs during training. The report said Lewis was pronounced dead shortly after arriving at the hospital; Marihugh, who had been in critical condition, died after being transferred to Sentara Virginia Beach General.

Lloyd says both sailors were members of Naval Special Warfare Group 2.

An investigation of the incident is continuing.

Marihugh and Lewis both served in the U.S. Marine Corps before they enlisted in the Navy in 2006.

The Associated Press contributed to this report

 

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LPGA Player and San Diegan Jennifer Johnson Becomes Ambassador & Spokesperson for SEAL–NSW Family Foundation

SAN DIEGO — March 25, 2015 — The SEAL-NSW Family Foundation today announced that professional golfer and San Diegan Jennifer Johnson, one of the top ranked American players on the LPGA tour, will become an ambassador and spokesperson for the 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. The SEAL-NSW Family Foundation raises awareness and funds for special programs in direct support of the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) families on a local, national and global scale.

Johnson, who won the 2013 Mobile Bay LPGA Classic, is the only San Diego player competing in the LPGA Kia Classic this week at the Aviara Resort in Carlsbad. Johnson finished last season ranked 49th on the LPGA’s Race to the CME Globe standings (17th top American golfer). Johnson will help raise awareness of the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation while playing on the LPGA tour with approximately 20 events in the US annually. Her career earnings are in excess of $1 million. Johnson was born, raised and currently resides in Carlsbad.

“Jennifer’s partnership with the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation highlights all the good San Diego offers the U.S. Navy station here.  As a local San Diegan, she has seen first-hand how well the our community takes care of its local service members. Jennifer’s commitment to representing the SEAL-NSW Family Foundation will directly support our mission of building resilient families in the Naval Special Warfare Community.  I am very proud of our partnership with Jennifer and am excited about the great work we’ll do together. Hit well Jennifer!”

About SEAL – Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation

The SEAL-NSW Family Foundation supports individual and family readiness through an array of programs specifically targeted to assist the Naval Special Warfare community in maintaining a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force in this era of persistent conflict and frequent deployments. SEALs ability to stay fit and focused determines the success of every mission; part of our job is to facilitate that focus by ensuring every Naval Special Warfare service member  knows their family is, and will be, taken care of. Our motto is “Taking Care of THEIR families While They Protect OURS.”  Our Family Foundation programs include Family Graduation Dinners, Sisterhood Meetings, Family Resiliency Retreats, Children’s Special Needs Programs, Bereavement Support, Family Readiness Group Grants, Emergency Assistance, and Wounded Warrior and Fallen Hero Family Support. For more information or to make a donation, visit sealfamilyfoundation.org.

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SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation Celebrates Navy SEALs and Families

CHARLOTTE, N.C.— March 26, 2014 — Join the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Family Foundation and title sponsor PNC Financial Services Group for an unforgettable evening gala to raise funds and awareness for the US Navy SEALs and their families on Thursday, March 27, 2014 at the Quail Hollow Club. PNC has a long history of supporting military personnel and veterans, including a 2013 initiative to hire more veterans and encourage other organizations to hire veterans.“PNC is proud to be working with an organization that is devoted to making lives better for our military personnel and veterans”

“PNC is proud to be working with an organization that is devoted to making lives better for our military personnel and veterans,” said Weston M. Andress, Regional President of Western Carolina. “We honor them for their sacrifices and devotion to our country, and we are happy to join with the Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation in supporting them.”

The evening will begin with a cocktail reception and unique silent auction featuring many one-of-a-kind military packages and experiences. Guests will then experience a skydiving and ground demonstration by former US Navy SEALs with many surprises in store.

Joseph J. Grano, Chairman and CEO of Centurian Holdings, former Chairman of the Homeland Security Council and Special Forces Green Beret is the evening’s featured keynote speaker. He will be followed by a Naval Special Warfare (NSW) family member who will share first-hand, the sacrifice of the families and the need to support the NSW community. Special guests will include four Congressional Medal of Honor recipients, including US Navy SEAL, Mike Thornton, board member of the Foundation. The program will be followed by a LIVE auction featuring destination and special operations packages not available to the public.

The evening spotlight performance will be country singer and songwriter, Edwin McCain.

You can support the work of the Foundation with a donation or by purchasing tickets to our inaugural event in the Charlotte region – the event is reaching sellout. Tickets for the evening gala are $500 per person, with tables available for $5,000. Sponsorship opportunities may still available. For details, please contact Dayna Klock at dayna.nswff@gmail.com. Other supporters of our evening include: “Friends of the Foundation” – led by Fred Stubblefield III, Hunter Edwards and Wesley Jones, and also Siskey Industries, ACN, Salus Government Properties, BD&H Marketing, Premier Alliance, Natixsis Global, and Thales Visionix.

About the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation

The SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation supports individual and family readiness through an array of programs specifically targeted to assist the Naval Special Warfare community in maintaining a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force in this era of persistent conflict and frequent deployments. With SEALs, their ability to stay fit and focused determines the success of every mission. Part of our job is to facilitate that focus by ensuring every SEAL knows his family is, and will be taken care of.  Our motto is “Taking care of THEIR family while they protect OURS.”  SEAL-NSWFF programs include Family Resiliency and Services, NSW Kids, Bereavement Support, Transition Assistance, Counter Deployment, Global Outreach, Emergency Assistance and Wounded Warriors. For more information or to make a donation,visit sealfamilyfoundation.org

PNC

The PNC Financial Services Group, Inc. (www.pnc.com) is one of the United States’ largest diversified financial services organizations providing retail and business banking; residential mortgage banking; specialized services for corporations and government entities, including corporate banking, real estate finance and asset-based lending; wealth management and asset management. Follow @PNCNewson Twitter for breaking news, updates and announcements from PNC.

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Del Mar Country Club Raises Over $1 Million for NSW Community

SAN DIEGO, Calif. — March 27, 2014 – Philanthropist Madeleine Pickens and The Del Mar Country Club have announced that more than $1 million was raised at the March 22 benefit event to support the SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation. The fundraiser, sponsored by TaylorMade, American Airlines, Bumble Bee Tuna, Wells Fargo Bank, The Pangaea Group of Morgan Stanley and others, attracted 135 golfers at the annual Scramble Golf Tournament, and 400 attendees at the spectacular evening gala.

 

The third annual event was organized by Madeleine Pickens and co-chair Dominique Plewes, to thank the Navy SEALs and their families for their military service and to honor fallen heroes. The event featured comments from keynote speaker Robert S. Harward, Jr., Navy SEAL and former Deputy Commander of the U.S. Central Command; Dorothy Woods, whose husband, Ty Woods, a Navy SEAL, was killed during a terrorist attack in Benghazi in September 2012; Michael Thornton, retired Navy SEAL and Congressional Medal of Honor recipient; and Kimberly Dozier, author of “Breathing Fire.” The event welcomed distinguished guests including New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees, former San Diego Chargers linebacker Donnie Edwards, former boxing champion Sugar Ray Leonard, professional golf coach Hank Haney, Johnny Walker, who guided and interpreted for US Navy SEALs on various missions in Iraq and has written a new book “Code Name Johnny Walker”; James and Lauree Moffett, Jennifer Moores, Corky Mizer, Jenny Craig, Actor Scott Elrod fromLone Survivor, and American Idol’s Jessica Sanchez, who performed the National Anthem. The event also received generous support from John Matty, the Pamplemousse Grille and Chef Jeffrey Strauss, San Diego Padres and San Diego Chargers.

 

Extraordinary Live and Silent Auction items that drew top winning bids included a private dinner with Sugar Ray Leonard at Madeleine Pickens Beach Estate, Sidney Craig’s Vacheron Constantin Royal Eagle Chronograph Watch, Yamaha Viking EPS 4×4 Special Edition ATV, VIP tickets to the Las Vegas iHeart Music Festival, Napa Wine VIP Tours of the David Arthur Vineyards and Colgin Cellars, Tickets to The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, and airfare and vacations to Hawaii, Vail, Deer Valley and Europe.

 

“We are very thankful for the extraordinary level of support that the San Diego community demonstrated through this event for our Navy SEALs, and their families,” said Madeleine Pickens and Dominique Plewes. “The funds raised will go directly to support the critical programs that the Foundation provides our brave warriors and their families. This financial support will strengthen the Naval Special Warfare community to maintain a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force during this era of frequent deployments.”

 

The Del Mar Country Club is one of the premier country clubs in Southern California. The club family is owned and managed by Madeleine Ann Pickens, a golf enthusiast, businesswoman and philanthropist.  The daughter of renowned golf course architect, Bill Baker, she drew from her father’s mentoring and her European influences to develop the golf course and its magnificent landscaping surrounding a 55,000 square foot castle-like Clubhouse. The breathtaking property quickly turned into one of the finest country clubs in the country. Madeleine is currently developing Mustang Monument Eco-Resort and Preserve in Northeastern Nevada. For more information about both properties, visit: www.delmarcountryclub.com andwww.mustangmonument.com.

 

About SEAL – Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation

 

The SEAL-Naval Special Warfare Family Foundation supports individual and family readiness through an array of programs specifically targeted to assist the Naval Special Warfare community in maintaining a resilient, sustainable, and healthy force in this era of persistent conflict and frequent deployments. With SEALs, their ability to stay fit and focused determines the success of every mission. Part of our job is to facilitate that focus by ensuring every SEAL knows his family is, and will be taken care of.  Our motto is “Taking care of THEIR family while they protect OURS.”  SEAL-NSWFF programs include Family Resiliency and Services, NSW Kids, Bereavement Support, Transition Assistance, Counter Deployment, Global Outreach, Emergency Assistance and Wounded Warriors. For more information or to make a donation, visitsealfamilyfoundation.org

 

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