My wife absolutely hates it when I get sucked into a book that totally consumes me.
You know what I’m talking about… an hour or two before bed, thinking you’ll read a chapter or two, but the book sucks you in so deeply you can’t put it down. Then…
The next morning your wife asks what time you ended up going to sleep… The Mission, the Men and Me: Lessons from a Delta Force Commander by Pete Blaber is one of those books you won’t be able to put down.
I have an extremely good friend that gifted this book to me, so I downloaded it to my kindle app and such a thing took place.
For all the many books, that are a struggle to finish, The Mission, The Men, and Me was NOT one of them. Right from the first page you’re hooked and the further you read, the more impossible it becomes to stop.
The title comes from a story early in the book where the author has soldiers and equipment in a really sticky situation. The enemy fire is increasing, the point of no return is quickly coming. With the situation saying one thing, command saying something else, the author has to make a decision whether to put the mission, the men or himself on the line.
Teaching five key leadership principles with a number of key thoughts weaved in, Pete Blaber lays them out in an incredibly addictive, storytelling fashion that holds your attention hostage and clearly helps you understand their importance.
The last portion of the book is the story of a battle in Afghanistan, where lives have been lost, more lives at stake, but the battle can easily be won… Yet commanders in three different countries are trying to lead, coordination is struggling and in a very impactful fashion the author illustrates the lessons of the book in one final awesome illustration.
I’ve already caught myself using the principles, and have allowed them to grow my leadership. This is a must read for everyone who is or desires to be a leader.
And I promise…
Once you start it you won’t put it down.
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