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Foreword written by New York Times best-selling author and retired Navy SEAL Jocko Willink.

A must-listen for any business leader looking to build elite teams and win on talent.

Talent is the foundation of every success story from Silicon Valley to Wall Street to Main Street, and even on the battlefields of Iraq and Afghanistan. It's the hidden asset that never shows up on the balance sheet, despite being the driver for a company's true value. And now, in this hypercompetitive business environment, the war for talent has never been more important or more complex. Of 800 CEOs and 600 C-suite executives polled in 2019, the overwhelming majority cited the ability to attract and retain top talent as their number one concern. 

For your organization to win, you need to attract and retain the best talent. But without the right strategy or mindset, you won't be able to do so - and you won't be able to compete. After all, your people, not your product or service, are your strongest competitive advantage. 

When it comes to winning on talent, no one does it better or more consistently than the US Special Operations community. Their success comes down to their people and a widely held foundational belief: Talent + Leadership = Victory. 

The Talent War explores how US Special Operations Forces assess, select, and develop their world-class talent. You'll learn how to adopt a talent mindset, the single greatest weapon you can possess in the war for talent. When your organization reflects this mindset, you will hire, train, and develop the right people and put them in the best positions to make decisions that allow you to retake the advantage and win the war.

©2020 Mike Sarraille and George Randle (P)2020 Mike Sarraille and George Randle

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  • Rachel Campbell
  • 22-11-20

Great guidance

So many takeaways. Leatdership - humility is key. Recruits - look for talent and character above skills. This was a master class in taking care of the most important element of any company, the humans.

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  • Karen Decker
  • 21-11-20

Look beyond your industry for ideas and practice to improve.

Mike and George do a great job making the talent practices of special operations available in a way to improve your process!

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  • Nathan
  • 17-11-20

So timely - So Important - All Leaders Should Read This

Having lived the military life the authors speak about, then transitioned to a well-known multi-national bank - this is the most accurate depiction of the current state of talent selection and its vital importance to business to date. It is also the most poignant set of solutions “out there” to actually address the issue of talent in companies, today. This book concisely illuminates the systemic problem AND gives easily adaptable solutions that can be realistically acted on to do something about it! I promise you will think very differently when you read this book.

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  • Stephen
  • 16-11-20

Hire character, train skills.

Great listen. Can hardly wait to listen again as well as read it to get the most detail. I plan to implement many of the ideas in future hiring at my company.

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  • travis jacobs
  • 12-11-20

A absolute must read for every business leader

This is such a great book detailing practical steps that every business leader can employ to get the right people on the team. As Jim Collins puts it "money is a commodity, talent is not" The special forces community has mastered the art of "First who, then what" in the words of Jim Collins. The business world is full of groups of individuals who can't work as a team, they are not a team, but just a loose collection of people who really don't like each other. This doesn't work out so well, just look at what has happened in the last 12 months. Avoid the butts in seats mentality when it comes to hiring. Avoid the "order taker" mentality where you just check the box and hire an individual. Quality is better then quality and team play wins. When it comes to talent acquisition have three options: Good & Cheap, won't be fast Fast & Good won't be cheap Cheap & Fast won't be good Do yourself and your team a favor and read this book and implement the strategies and tactics contained within. You'll thank me later

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  • Ariel Dive
  • 10-11-20

Have to get the hard copy

Started the Audio as soon as it dropped today listening to 2 hours during my morning workout. There are so many good nuggets that I want to quote/use that I already purchased the hard copy.

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  • Anonymous User
  • 10-11-20

GOLDEN NUGGET

Anything from these gentlemen is and will progress your leadership and member of a team substantially!