Navy SEAL Lessons For High Performance Teams | Talent and Performance Development |
Every person counts. And four other important rules to work by.


Military culture is traditional, historically informed and fixed, whereas corporate cultures differ based on the leadership or other variables that oftentimes create challenges for employees at every level.

Military personnel have a clearly structured and transparent path to promotion, while in the world of business, there's often no defined career progression and the necessity for employees to manage their careers.


Every SEAL knows with 100% confidence that the person behind him will be able to save his life. 


It's clear that above all else, the Navy SEAL’s functional and effective teamwork is among one of its top strengths. SEAL insights could, and should, be applied to working teams in business.

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Every person counts. 

Every SEAL knows with 100% confidence that the person behind him will be able to save his life. Corporate leaders need to be able to say the same about their management teams. Employees’ livelihoods depend on it.

SEALS train. 
When SEALs are not on combat deployment, they spend the vast majority of their time in training. In contrast, executives spend the majority of their time executing. The importance of training for new employees, or even a veteran team, is vital to the success of the business. Navy SEALs spend thousands of hours honing their skills, and so should employees in a profession.

Everyone is expendable. 
All SEALs are trained in a nearly identical manner, so no one SEAL is indispensable to the unit or the mission. The understanding during combat is that anyone can be lost at any time and the rest of the unit can carry on the mission successfully. Businesses need to ensure contingency plans are in place the team can carry on without any delays.