As a commander of Delta Force - the most elite counter terrorist organization in the world - Pete Blaber took part in some of the most dangerous, controversial, and significant military and political events of our time. Now he takes his intimate knowledge of warfare - and the heart, mind, and spirit it takes to win - and moves his focus from the combat zone to civilian life.
As the smoke clears from exciting stories about never-before-revealed top-secret missions that were executed all over the globe, listeners will emerge wiser, more capable, and more ready for life's personal victories than they ever thought possible.
©2013 Pete Blaber (P)2013 Blackstone Audiobooks
This is more than a gripping read about special forces and there exploits, it's also a demonstration of how interference by senior management who are egotistical can cause serious cocky ps to escalate, in this case leading to a tragic loss of life. A fantastically well written and read story.
Starts well and is generally a good story. Not enough action for me though, most of the book is about lessons learned on mission but fails to detail said mission. Always felt I wanted more detail
"DELTA Adventures with Everyday Tactical Advice"
I will definitely listen again. The depth and breadth of everyday practical applications from each of his stories and missions was very captivating. Every mission he talked about, including the planning aspects, had advice that you can apply in your day-to day life. The overarching theme was to consider how your decisions will affect: 1st - Your Mission, 2nd - Your Men, and 3rd - Me.
He also went into some of the concepts that helped him to understand what he needed to do to become a better operator and leader. "The mind has three elementary phases it goes through when it's thinking: saturate, incubate, and illuminate. although they generally occur in order, all three are continuous processes, so your mind is constantly cycling through all three phases.The most effective approach to a situation is to detect our mind's ability to recognize the life patterns that happen" How you handle and solve problems when you encounter them, will ultimately decide the outcome. Throughout the book, he explains his adventure and ends with a life lesson so we can understand, adapt, and master the future.
He did not overdo it when it came to trying to portray the accents of the enemies. The tone and performance was just right.
If you're looking for a story book collection of battles and adrenaline spiking drama, this isn't that kind of book. The author did a great job in both titling it appropriately, as deciding what to include. I took many notes from the author, and have incorporated his leadership lessons into my personal and professional life. A must read for any junior leader, or senior leader who has lost his/her base.
""IT'S NOT REALITY UNLESS IT'S SHARED!""
I'm going to sound cliche'...however it's my reality. This book changed my life! I'm a 30 year old man now (29 when I first read this.) I lost my father to suicide a few years back. I am married and own a window coverings business. I am a bit of a nomad...I lose myself to lack of wisdom and guiding principles. This book, has had a profound impact on my internal dialect...and a new motor to be an effective human being. This book nailed it...I go back and listen to the guiding principles about every other week in the last chapter. READ THIS BOOK. Thank you Mr.Blaber and please write another!
Interesting, Gripping, Insightful
I really enjoyed Pete's lessons learned during his time in the unit.
Great book, I have read it a few times and it was nice to listen to it as well. Good story, good insights into leadership, and interesting to learn about that part of our military history too.
"Great lesson for lif forged in the elite forces"
Definitely a multiple listen book as the lessons are embedded in story layers that can improve anyone's outlokk and life
"Good study on leadership and decision-making."
The Mission, The Men, and Me ranks as one of my favorite books for professional military education. Lt.Col Blaber introduces a new lesson into each one of his stories and reinforces each lesson in the following chapters.
"Good lessons, if you don't mind tangents"
Good lessons, if you don't mind tangents. These are critical suggestions that every commander should at least consider.
great listen, with teaching insights along the way, applications can be used in all facets of life.
"Parts of Note, Not an Action Based Book"
I'm not sure. This book does speak to specific lessons or principals that the delta force leader had learned from his experiences. He provides his personal insights and some of his thoughts on specific missions, trainings, or interviews during pre-work ups of a mission.
No I wouldn't see this movie. I would say that it would be more of a documentary if anything and even then I would not have watched the entire thing. I had thought of returning it but I am able to listen to the entire thing so I'll just keep the book but wouldn't listen to it a second time.
"Highly Interesting and Insightful"
This was a fascinating look inside the United States Special Operations groups. It was valuable as history, but also for the lessons it provides. Chief among those was the necessity of trusting the people who have on-the-ground knowledge, and then also sharing that knowledge as widely as possible within an organization. I would highly recommend, especially for those in management or leadership positions.
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