Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Book Review of Take Command by Jake Wood

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When chaos rules the day, co-founder of Team Rubicon, Jake Wood, suggests people Take Command to become a first responder in business.

Even though the World Wide Web has been around for decades, it's still a wild, wild world out there. The web is full of unknown territory and entrepreneurs never know what lies ahead.

The year 2014 was a lesson to all who had ventured into the web. It was a year filled with chaos and ever-happening changes. Small business owners, artists and independent writers all found themselves in a period of uncertainty as their search engine rankings fell through the floor.

Finding a Way to Take Command

What is a person to do in a world where anything waits around the corner? In a world where the future is unknown? In my search for an answer, I stumbled across Take Command by Jake Wood. The book promised to show how to get results and get a job done by charging into unknown situations with the confidence to make decisions in a world of uncertainty and ambiguity.

Personally, this was a difficult book for me to read. Wood takes examples from his experience in combat and relief efforts to make his points. I found myself becoming distracted during his tales of Marine Corps sniper school, tours in Afghanistan and tornado cleanups.

It was hard to find those places where the personal storytelling stopped and the business advice began. I became frustrated and put the book down. I wasn't becoming any closer to finding a way to deal with the constant changes that occur on the web.

The second time I picked up the book, I used a different approach. This time, I read the Mission Briefs at the end of each chapter before reading anything else. After reading a Mission Brief, I searched the chapter to read more about the points that were of interest.

Lessons Learned from Take Command

The most important lesson I learned by reading Take Command by Jake Wood is that to be a good leader in a chaotic world, you must believe in yourself and trust your instincts. Everything else seems to fall into place when confidence rules over chaos.

Here are some other great lessons learned from the trenches of upheaval and disaster:
  • Build a level of trust you'd go to battle with. Trust comes from preparation, common goals and sacrifice.
  • Change your perspective. When you don't know what to do or which direction to choose, look at your problem from a different viewpoint. 
  • Embrace visualization and positive thinking. Can we really create our own destiny? Thinking before we act can change our course for a better one.
  • Cut out the noise. Consider only the relevant information and determine which bits of information can be assumed true in a general sense.
Take Command is a vicarious learning experience. You'll see how others have handled crisis situations and made decisions during constant change. You'll read how others have made do with limited information and scarce supplies. You'll find out how others have found a new source of creativity when the bullets are flying.

Get a Copy of Take Command

When you're feeling like this is a dog-eat-dog world and your guerrilla warfare techniques need a refresh, learn how to Take Command.

Take Command by Jake Wood is available on in three formats--Hardcover, Kindle and Audible. Get your copy and learn what it takes to make quick decisions and be a first responder in an ever-changing world.

I received a copy of this book from Blogging For Books in exchange for my honest review.

Posted by Coletta Teske
Coletta Teske

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Coletta Teske writes reviews on books, business management, writing, crafting, cooking, and gardening. She is also an avid recycler and shares her tips on recycling. She delights in upcycling an old object, recycling or transforming discarded items into a new treasure.

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  1. Interesting that you found the best way to gleam the advice you needed from this book, Coletta. Looks like the 'lessons learned' are worthwhile things to know. I agree with the idea of 'changing your perspective'. Sometimes you need to look at a problem from a different direction before a solution becomes apparent.

  2. Interesting review...sounds like a good leadership book. I also appreciated the link to Blogging for Books.

  3. Way to "take command" of how you were reading that book Coletta! It does look like there are some great points and lessons that could be learned by reading this book and applying the principles. Thank you for the great book review and recommendation.

  4. Sounds like an interesting and rather unique approach to the topic, one that many returning vets might relate to. Your approach of reading the "mission briefs" first sounds like it worked well. Interesting review!

  5. That is a thorough book review. It sounds like it's full o good advice or handling the chaos life can throw at you.


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