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The Power of "Good" in Leadership: Embracing Setbacks for Growth and Success

There was a time when I struggled to apply the concept I'm about to share with you in this blog post. It was the summer of 2014 - my wife was expecting our second child, and I was deployed to the Middle East, despite being promised I wouldn't be.

With hindsight, I can see that my perspective during that deployment was deeply flawed, setting me up for failure from the outset. I allowed negativity to cloud my judgment, constantly finding reasons to reinforce my pessimistic mindset.

I was working alongside three colleagues who were out of their depth. Instead of investing the effort to help them develop their skills and make the deployment more manageable for everyone, I made it abundantly clear to them, through words and actions, that I considered them a waste of time and effort. Looking back, I realize I couldn't have been more wrong in my approach.

By the end of the deployment, I was jaded, bitter, and resentful toward everyone in uniform. I was so consumed by anger over how I had been treated that I resolved to leave the military the following year. My wife and I even discarded all the items we used to help us cope with deployments, like daddy dolls, coloring books, and other support tools. We were done. It wasn't until I crossed paths with some incredible people who introduced me to the idea at the core of this blog post that I shifted my mindset from bitterness to a more constructive "Good" mentality.

The "Good" Philosophy


You will inevitably face setbacks, failures, delays, defeats, and other disasters as a leader. Responding to these challenges can make or break your team's success. Former Navy SEAL and leadership expert Jocko Willink suggests a unique approach to dealing with adversity: responding with the word "Good." The "Good" philosophy is centered on the idea that leaders should approach setbacks and difficulties positively, recognizing that they provide opportunities for growth, learning, and improvement.

When confronted with a difficult situation, instead of getting bogged down by the problem, Jocko Willink suggests responding with the word "Good." By doing so, you accept the reality of the situation and shift your focus toward finding a solution. This mindset allows you to seek opportunities for growth and learning from adversity.

It's important to note that the "Good" philosophy is not about ignoring the harsh reality of a situation or relying on a positive attitude alone to solve problems. It's about accepting the circumstances, focusing on the solution, and using adversity as an opportunity to grow and improve. This mindset is grounded in pragmatism and resilience rather than wishful thinking.

To successfully implement the "Good" mindset in your leadership, focus on cultivating self-awareness, encouraging open communication, modeling resilience, and offering support and resources to your team. When faced with challenges, focus on finding solutions rather than dwelling on the problems. Encourage your team to brainstorm creative solutions and work collaboratively to overcome obstacles. Emphasize the importance of learning and continuous improvement. Recognize that failure is essential to growth and should be embraced as a learning opportunity. Acknowledge and celebrate small wins, even in the face of setbacks. This helps maintain team morale and keeps everyone focused on progress rather than dwelling on difficulties.

Remember, embracing the "Good" mindset is a continuous personal and professional growth journey. By consistently practicing and refining these principles, you'll become a more effective, inspiring leader who can drive your team to new heights of success. Start your transformation today and experience the power of Jocko Willink's philosophy in your own leadership journey. If you can say the word "Good," you're still alive, still breathing, and still have the fight in you to overcome any challenge that comes your way.


"Until Next Time, Climb Together"


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