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First, Fast, Fearless: How to Lead Like a Navy SEAL by Brian Iron Ed Hiner

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CHAPTER 16

Leading at the Speed of War

I’ve always found that the speed of the boss is the speed of the team.

LEE IACOCCA

Prior to 9/11, the military hadn’t been in a sustained engagement since Vietnam. The decades-long Cold War gave rise to the military bureaucracy. Decision making went from the “boots on the ground” to the top of the chain of command. With nuclear consequences, all decisions were so strategic that they had to be pushed up. But the wars we found ourselves in after 9/11 could not be fought in this typical bureaucratic military system.

War is fast and often lethal and permanent. It requires quick decision making and the ability ...

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