Unit Excellence


Key Insights on Unit Excellence

  1. Excellence Over Superiority:

    • According to , a unit that is consistently excellent in all things is more reliable than one superior in a single aspect. The aim should be all-round proficiency rather than excelling in one area at the cost of others 1.
  2. Creating Superior Units:

    • A superior unit must be made from ordinary personnel, classified by ability. The excellence of a unit depends on the commander's skill in bringing lower-performing individuals to a proficient level 2. This aligns with both military and business contexts, highlighting the significance of transforming average individuals into excellent team members.
  3. Achieving Superior Results with Average Personnel:

    • emphasizes training average personnel to achieve outstanding results. Commanders should set high standards and focus on overall unit proficiency rather than creating disparity by excelling in limited areas while being unsatisfactory in others 3.

      Motivation and Excellence

      Dave and Jocko discuss the importance of motivation in achieving excellence. They explore the different types of motivation, including short-term anger and long-term satisfaction, and emphasize the need for understanding why we do what we do and giving people ownership to stay motivated in the long run.

      Jocko Podcast

      Jocko Podcast 256: An Hour Lost Today is an Hour Lost Forever. Time is Running Out. W/ Dave Berke.
  4. Leadership Assumption:

    • A leader should assume that all members want to do what is expected of them. When they don't, the fault lies with the leader's directives or the instruction process. Ensuring broad proficiency across various skills and not overemphasizing any single aspect is crucial for sustaining strong unit performance 4.

These principles can guide leadership across different contexts, emphasizing a balanced approach to developing cohesive and proficient teams.