In The Service of Others
Flynn Cochran, knows what it means to create freedom. As a former U.S. Navy SEAL Officer, spent eight years in the Navy, six of them in the SEAL Teams. He served as an Assistant Platoon Commander and Platoon Commander at SEAL Team ONE.
This Memorial Day weekend, as I reflected on the freedoms I enjoy because of the service of others, my thoughts were influenced by Cochran’s keynote presentation at the 2020 EOS Conference, a few weeks ago.
Freedom Requires Leadership
We all love freedom! Think for a moment about what freedom means to you and the freedoms you enjoy. When I heard his talk about Extreme Ownership: Combat Leadership Principles for Business and Life, I realized in a deeper way how freedom is won. Whether it is the freedom of a nation or the freedom of you and your business, freedom takes amazing leadership.
What Happens Before the Rubber Meets The Road?
Yes, the behavior of the team, the missions and operations of executing the plan, is where “the rubber meets the road.” But before any behavior, there’s the mindset that supports and drives all of the execution behaviors. The leaders who have the mental discipline to think right, can then effectively lead the hard physical work to win the victory and make freedom possible!
Flynn’s Cochran’s Battle-Tested Mindsets for Victory…
– make things happen
– move fast
– seize initiative
– take fight to the enemy
– mitigate risk
Innovate and Adapt
– the battlefield changes
– the enemy adjusts
– new tactics emerge
– technology evolves
– educate yourself
Humility – *check* your ego
– or you can’t evolve and get better
– can’t adapt
– don’t respect the enemy
– get complacent
– can’t self assess
Discipline = Freedom
– SOPs for key processes – allow us to be free
– not rigid – flexible, agile, dynamic
– think : even the best procedures don’t work in all situations
– no excuses
– no one to blame
– own all problems
– lead up and down the chain of command
Two Dimensions at Freedom’s Foundation
As entrepreneurs, we have an amazing opportunity to create more freedom for ourselves and those we work with. But great freedom is always won at a cost.
Visible / Outward Execution
We can rather easily see the cost of freedom in the dollars spent on programs and the visible behaviors and sacrifice of service men and women and our teammates at work.
Invisible / Inward Mindset
But there is a hidden dimension of hard work and sacrifice that happens in the minds and hearts of those who lead the team into the fight every day. Let’s give thanks for the disciplined thinking and powerful mindsets of those who lead well. Powerful, disciplined thinking is what enables outward execution and is where freedom really starts!
Just like we expect Navy SEALS to do the work to be physically capable to execute the mission, we should expect that mental and emotional learning, training and conditioning will be required to prepare us to lead effectively. Are you ready to learn and adopt disciplines that support all the mindsets Flynn Cochran discovered in the battlefield?
In the month between Memorial Day and Independence Day, let’s consider and make a concerted effort to adopt the “Mindsets for Victory” Flynn Cochran presented. If you are using EOS in your business, you can see that the tools and disciplines of the EOS Model support you in strengthening your inward mindset in all the ways Cochran suggests.
As individuals, business leaders and a nation, let’s honor and be among those who have developed mindsets for victory! Let’s all “think right” so we can execute effectively and win more freedom!
Coach, Facilitator, Speaker
Professional EOS Implementer