This week revealed to the world the identity of the soldier that shot and killed the terrorist Osama bin Laden, in 2011. A member of one of the most respected Armed Forces in the US, the Navy SEALs, the soldier and his fellow army are trained to operate under the most unbelievable pressure, overcome setbacks and do their job in any kind of environment.
In order to become a SEAL, the aspirants are submitted to a very hard training that demands a lot of psychological and physical effort.
Some aspects of the SEAL team’s training can be used for leaders and entrepreneurs; after all, these professionals also face a lot of pressure in their day-to-day routine. And, like the US Navy with its SEAL teams, companies are looking for the best employees possible.
The website of the “Entrepreneur” magazine listed some statements that a Navy SEAL soldier would never say — and neither should you:
- “I can’t do that.”
For the soldiers only a physical problem is accepted as a reason not to do something. If you were able to join the team, you are capable to execute the tasks that are given to you. There’s always a way. Find it.
- “Sorry I’m late.”
Being on time shows respect for the others and discipline, very important characteristics in the culture of a company. For those who run the business, it’s important to have the same accuracy when going to appointments. Make your best to fulfill the expectations that are set for you as a member of the team or spokesman of a company. Either way you’re representing the company’s culture.
- “I don’t know.”
Admitting uncertainty is perfectly fine, but the statement alone leaves much to be desired. Instead, try saying, “I don’t know yet, but I’ll find out and get back to you.” This latter part is what demonstrates a proactive mindset and a willingness to work, rather than leaving your ambition open to interpretation.
- “Hold my calls.”
Once you’re part of a team, nobody is more important than anyone else. The most important thing is to get the task done. So, once you’re done with your share of the task, see who else needs your help.
- “Let’s hold off on this issue until the next meeting.”
Collecting the facts and giving a good thought about something you need to decide is important, but there comes a point where too much data leads to analysis paralysis, and decision-making gets delayed until the perfect solution arrives, and it never does. Pushing off decision-making only leaves a larger snowball of complexity to have to deal with later. Do not leave for tomorrow what you can do today.