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Navigating Chaos: How to Find Certainty in Uncertain Situations

Navigating Chaos: How to Find Certainty in Uncertain Situations

by Jeff Boss

ISBN: 9781941729069

Publisher Archer

Published in Business & Investing/Management & Leadership, Nonfiction, Business & Money

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Book Description

Jeff Boss has faced and overcome uncertainty in the most tumultuous circumstances. As a Navy SEAL, he worked in some of the most unforgiving environments on earth and faced enemies that constantly changed, much like today's business landscape. In a world of chaos, how do individuals and teams stay together to find certainty in a world where there is anything but? This book reveals how. Using anecdotal experiences from both the military and business worlds, Boss highlights the mindset and practical steps of how people and organizations can forge certainty amidst inevitable chaos.

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Introduction

This is not a book on how to be a badass, jump out of planes, or shoot a piece of barbed wire from a mile away—you know, the stuff that SEALs are famous for? Instead, what this book is about is how to learn to be a badass on your own—at whatever it is that you set your mind to achieving. As a teenager and an early adult, my life’s mission was to become a Navy SEAL. That’s what I worked towards and what I succeeded in. The principles that governed my learning process, however, are something that can be applicable to anyone who seeks to become a top-tier performer in whatever their chosen field happens to be. The professional football player or Fortune 500 CEO, yes, but also the stay-at-home mom or the twenty-five-year-old entrepreneur. Anyone who is seeking high performance has come to the right place.

Why the title Navigating Chaos? Because, as you will learn in this book, the ability to comport yourself in uncertain situations—which is actually most situations, if you really think of it—is the most important skill you need to develop if you are going to become a top-tier performer. I had the opportunity to learn this the hard way through thirteen years on the SEAL Teams, working at the highest level with other high-performing and hard- driving individuals. However, what you will learn about us from this book is that we are far from the one-dimensional, knuckle-dragging image that the public believes us to be.

Hollywood likes to portray SEALs with a shoot ’em up, almost larger- than-life persona that capitalizes on brawn and bravado, and unfortunately, that’s the only image of us that much of the public will ever know. What is not shown, however, are the mental capacities and emotional tolerances that we strive to enhance on a daily basis through an organizational model of continuous improvement, shared understanding, humility, and leadership.

I never thought that I would want to write about anything even remotely related to special operations, let alone about something so “hush- hush” as the SEAL Teams. But there are lessons from the thirteen years I spent as a SEAL that should be shared.

It has been an internal struggle to write. The catch-22 of breaking the unspoken rule of not writing is to either do something that’s enjoyable and fulfilling, or to remain forever in the shadows and forget the experiences that have made me who I am today; lessons that can be shared with others so they may improve.

If the intent behind writing this book were to be another SEAL- turned-author and to beat my chest out of arrogance, then I wouldn’t have published it. That’s not me, nor is that my purpose. My purpose in writing this book is to share knowledge with those who seek to address unanswered questions within and about themselves, their teams, and their companies; with executives who may benefit from an alternative perspective to help cope with seemingly unanswerable leadership demands; and with those who believe in constant and never-ending improvement. That’s what this book is about. For the operational vignettes, I apologize to my brothers. However, just as any writer pulls from the context he or she knows best, I am pulling from mine—my experience just happens to fall within a realm that is frowned upon when shared. Deal with it.

The Teams are what have shaped me into the person I am today, and my naval career pathway brought with it knowledge and experience gained from unique situations that cannot be replicated in corporate America. Teamwork, superior performance, and the ability to overcome complex situations with limited resources can only be learned under the most austere conditions, such as those to which SEALs are exposed continually throughout our training and professional careers. These experiences shape our character, competence, life passion, family values, and humility in a way that nothing else ever could.

Be forewarned, however, that this is not a how-to book. I am not going to list the top ten things Navy SEALs do that will make you a badass, or brag about the awesome killer missions I’ve been on.

Instead, I offer a here you go book—a gathering of ideals and practices observed over the years that I believe define success and govern one’s ability to navigate uncertainty, whether it is as an individual, a small team, or an organization; ideals and practices that, when actualized simultaneously, create what I consider to be organizational fitness (more on this concept in Chapter One).

Writing a book about the Teams was never an aspiration of mine, as I don’t believe in broadcasting one’s profession, but that’s not the purpose of my intent here, either. To share knowledge is to serve others; to withhold it—despite any unwritten rule—is to serve oneself. To reserve insight for oneself would be criminal, as it is a purely selfish means of improving one’s own self worth at the cost of others’. Knowledge-hoarding is a major pet peeve of mine—right up there with arrogance and slow drivers—as it is typically reserved for people who want to be the hero and whose ego leads the way, but obstructs everybody else’s. In a world of high-performing— and highly demanding—organizations, there is no place for ego. Results come from trust, attitude, and a shared purpose.

I did minimal research for this book because I didn’t need corroboration. I lived it. There are no numbers to backup the premises and I interviewed no one. Rather, the contents herein are based upon the personal experiences I have had from thirteen years in the Navy at the highest level, as well as my experiences both as a business consultant and in the private sector.

Hopefully, the insights in this book will serve you well. Even if all you take away from here is a sentence, chapter, or concept, I want it to create value for you.

Included are operational anecdotes, not for entertainment purposes, but to illustrate examples for the simple fact that special operations forces (SOF) have unique experiences to share that can help people, teams, and organizations adapt to change and become better. The Teams take a group of individuals, filter out the weak-minded, chip away the rough edges of those who choose to endure, and sculpt them into people who can find a solution for anything. SEAL training prepares individual for anything, and this perspective in itself is something that can be adopted by both organizations and individuals who want to improve performance.

This book attempts to show how.

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Jeff Boss

Jeff Boss

Jeff Boss has faced and overcome uncertainty in the most tumultuous circumstances. As a Navy SEAL, he worked in some of the most unforgiving environments on earth and faced enemies that constantly changed, much like today's business landscape. In a world of chaos, how do individuals and teams stay together to find certainty in a world where there is anything but? This book reveals how. Using anecdotal experiences from both the military and business worlds, Boss highlights the mindset and practical steps of how people and organizations can forge certainty amidst inevitable chaos.

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