What Navy SEALS Can Teach Construction Leaders About Failure, Responsibility, and Recovery | Ep 13


In this episode, we cover three things.

  1. Causes of problems on construction projects
  2. The Road to recovery from failure
  3. The benefit of taking complete responsibility

The inspiration for this episode comes from “Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALS Lead and Win”,  by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin.



  • [00:02:06] Definition of Extreme Ownership
  • [00:03:52] The Cause of Problems on Construction Projects
  • [00:08:30] The Road to Recovery from Failure:
  • [00:16:04] What to do if someone isn’t performing:
  • [00:20:59] The benefit of leaders taking complete responsibility  
  • [00:20:59] The Danger of leaders admitting mistakes
  • [00:27:48] Specific next steps  
  • [00:29:03] A FREE resource to help you solve problems: www.ericanderton.com/kam


The Cause of Problems:

  1. Poor Planning
  2. Poor Communication
  3. Poor Execution

The Road to Recovery from Failure:

  • Take Ownership personally,
  • Acknowledge Failure publicly
  • Develop a plan to win

If someone isn’t performing:

  1. Is it a moral issue?
  2. Train and Mentor
  3. Keep loyal to team and mission

The benefit of leaders taking complete responsibility  

  1. Gain the respect of the team
  2. Build trust
  3. Clear the path to addressing the issue


Action Items:

  1. Ask:
    What problems are plaguing you?

    1. Project Based
    2. Process Based
    3. People Based
  2. Commit:
    1. Take responsibility
    2. Tell the truth
    3. Ask for help
  3. Act:
    1. Gather the team
    2. Get ideas
    3. Build an action plan

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Pat, Glad you enjoyed it. I appreciate the feedback. I'll have some more episodes in the same vein, coming soon. Eric

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Eric, really enjoyed this podcast. Extreme Leadership is one of my favorite business books. Nice to see that you are incorporating some of their leadership strategies into your podcasts.

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