Operation Excellence: Succeeding in Business and Life, the U.S. Military Way

Operation Excellence: Succeeding in Business and Life, the U.S. Military Way

Operation Excellence: Succeeding in Business and Life, the U.S. Military Way

Operation Excellence: Succeeding in Business and Life, the U.S. Military Way


On your feet, soldier! Colonel Bender is going to see if you've got what it takes to excel - at work, in your personal life-in any area where you're not reaching your full potential. If the strategies presented in this book can mean the difference between life and death in a battle situation-and they often do-then you can bet that they're powerful enough to help you achieve spectacular success in everyday challenges.What can the military teach you? Plenty. Military success demands the same things as daily life: loyalty, effort, honor, intelligence, teamwork, and execution. The difference is that in the civilian world, we've grown comfortable with taking half measures. We do what needs to be done, but the level at which we do it is passable at best.Passable doesn't cut it in the military, and from this day forward, it doesn'tcut it in your life, either.Operation Excellence shows you how to harness the success strategies of the U.S. Army, Navy, Air Force, and Marine Corps and apply these strategies to every facet of your life. Colonel Bender will show you how the Arsenal of Victory - discipline, confidence, and sacrifice - combined with 50 Train Tough Strategies, can bring superior results in: •wealth and success •business and leadership •physical and mental health and well-being •personal relationships Featuring riveting anecdotes both from Colonel Bender's own exemplary career and from more than 200 years of American military successes and failures, Operation Excellence illustrates the power of preparation, motivation, execution, and perhaps most important, lessons learned. Each chapter ends with a Train Tough Challenge, an opportunity to identify something that's been holding you back - and conquer it.Do you want to be all that you can be? Do you want to display confidence and execute at the highest level in everything you do? This book is like your personal drill sergeant. It will give you what you need - sometimes advice, other times a good butt-kicking - and it will drive you to a level of commitment you never knew you could give to anything." "


I met Mark Bender at lunch before baseball’s All-Star game in Chicago in 1990. nfl coaching great Tom Landry was the featured speaker for the players that day, and Mark had just arrived from Europe. His baggage hadn’t caught up with him and he had borrowed a green jacket. Tanned and athletic looking, I assumed he’d just won the Master’s Golf Tournament.

The atmosphere was electric with excitement as we walked into the Hyatt Hotel restaurant. We were just starting to enjoy our pregame lunch when Tom Landry asked to join us. What an opportunity to learn from one of the great visionary leaders of the twentieth century.

Mark was intense, not missing a word of Landry’s championship thinking. I realized later he was gathering information for what would become part of his book, Train Tough the Army Way, linking military thinking, planning, and training to the world of sports.

But that would have to wait. Two weeks later the Iraqis invaded Kuwait, and Colonel Bender was given the responsibility of helping to assemble the Army’s dream team that would go into Iraq to defeat the Republican Guard. What an unbelievable pace to keep! Within days, to go from lunch with Landry to the call of “Play ball” and then to prepare the troops to dance with Saddam.

Regardless of the circumstance, Mark has always kept his unique sense of humor and indomitable confidence—qualities that have also made him a great writer and motivational speaker. He comes by these traits honestly. His dad, Sam Bender, is the dean of professional sports motivational speakers and has mentored me throughout my career. Sam is what I call a “people person.”

Like father, like son. Mark spent his military career in the people part of the business—assignments, career development, promotions—and the reward system. He understands bureaucracy and how to bend it through force of will. More important, he understands people and what spurs them to optimal performance. His three years in nato gave him a unique . . .

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