Courage to Execute: What Elite U.S. Military Units Can Teach Business About Leadership and Team Performance
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How to build a culture of high performance within your organization

The U.S. military in general, and its many elite organizations in particular, possesses a culture of high performance. Courage to Execute outlines the six basic principles that operate at the foundation of high performance, which include leadership, organization, communication, knowledge, experience, and discipline, known together as LOCKED. When all are practiced effectively, teamwork emerges. But the most elusive quality that exists at the heart of all elite military teams, the element that organizations and businesses deeply desire to perform more efficiently and effectively, is trust. Trust is easily spent, but hard won. Author James Murphy, an employer of approximately fifty senior military officers that have served in elite units such as the U.S. Navy Blue Angels, U.S. Navy SEALS, and U.S. Army Rangers, shares a multitude of personal leadership stories that illustrates the principles of LOCKED.

  • Shares compelling anecdotes from leaders in elite units of the U.S. Military
  • Written by James D. Murphy, founder and CEO of Afterburner, Inc., which has trained over 1.5 million executives, sales professionals, and business people from every industry in Afterburner’s Flawless Execution Model, and its unique, high-energy programs

Courage to Execute will help you develop effective leadership skills and build high-performance teams that out-compete your rivals every time.


JAMES D. MURPHY is Founder & CEO of Afterburner, Inc., one of the most dynamic training and consulting firms in the United States. A former Air Force F-15 pilot, he and his team of fighter pilots and Special Operations officers have used lessons distilled from the military's elite units to help thousands of major clients focus their strategy and adapt to change, improve team performance and business process, and develop leaders at all levels of their organization.


Preface vii

Acknowledgments xi

Chapter 1
The Military Response to a ComplexWorld: The New Value of Effective Execution 1

Chapter 2
Basic Training: Indoctrinating Your People with Values and Skills 13

Chapter 3
Team Alignment: Connecting the Troops with the Leader’s Intent 37

Chapter 4
Mission Preparation: Moving from Strategy toward Accountable Actions 63

Chapter 5
Battle Rhythm: On Track, On Target, and On Time 89

Chapter 6
Continuous Improvement: The Debrief Imperative 119

Chapter 7
Leadership on Purpose: Developing Teams and Leaders from Day One 143

Chapter 8
The Courage to Execute: A Smart Bias toward the Right Action 163

Appendix: Mission Checklists 171

Bibliography 179

Index 183