What team OpenGov learned from the Navy SEALs

June 29, 2015 – OpenGov


The OpenGov team welcomed very special guests this past Friday: former and current U.S. Navy SEALs from San Diego, CA. The visit was organized by the Honor Foundation, an organization dedicated to bridging military and private sector careers, and included a number of stops at prominent – and promising – Silicon Valley ventures.

We were absolutely honored to host this extraordinary group. And, while the event began as an introduction to our company, it finished with a lively exchange of ideas about leadership, teamwork and discipline.

How often does one find themselves in an open discussion with our nation’s top military talent? We jumped at the chance to learn from these true American heroes. Through an active and engaged discussion, we discovered that there are many parallels to building successful teams and leadership. Here are the top three things we learned from The SEALs about business and leadership success.

  1. The two keys to driving team success are 1) repetition and 2) repetition. You have to make sure your team is clear on the goal. Eyes on the prize. So dogged repetition of the key mission and objectives is part of the winning recipe.
  2. There is no such thing as de-briefing too much. Debriefing and reviewing the success or failure of a project is absolutely critical. Quite often this is a step that gets overlooked or hastily competed in fast-paced office cultures, but it is one of the most important methods for reviewing what worked and avoiding future pitfalls. And it is just as important if the project was considered a success because there are ALWAYS ways to improve.
  3. Humor can diffuse just about any situation. When you’re in literally life or death situations, it sounds an odd time to crack a joke, but quite often this is precisely the ticket to diffuse tension and get your mind focused on the task at hand. It also builds good camaraderie and a cohesive team unit over time, so everyone pushes their hardest for the good of the team.

To learn more about the great work of the Honor Foundation, head on over to their website.

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