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

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CHAPTER 17

Outside the Box: How to Enhance Team Innovation and Problem Solving

The attempt to develop a sense of humor and to see things in a humorous light is some kind of a trick learned while mastering the art of living.

VIKTOR FRANKL

It was Halloween week, 2001. I was the Officer in Charge of the midnight-to-8-a.m. shift of Hellweek when I first met Charlie. He wasn’t like the other students. Charlie was a pumpkin, a fitting new recruit for the time of year. Now, anyone else who might have introduced an actual pumpkin to the BUD/S class could hardly have kept a straight face, but Monty, my SEA could—and did. Monty was a muscular guy, with ...

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