Addresses classic leadership challenges and the effects of global business disruption exaggerated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Marty Strong's direct and compelling message is focused on business but in truth, its leadership tenets are agnostic as to industry, marketplace, private or public setting. This is not a textbook. It is a personal conversation between a high-performance business leader and professionals searching for actionable insights that deliver results. Be Nimble provides mentorship, tips, tools, and useful examples to help drive home its valuable leadership insights.
Marty Strong has an accomplished leadership career spanning four decades. He worked his way from enlisted SEAL Team member to the SEAL Officer corps, retiring with twenty years’ service in that highly-decorated and esteemed military unit. He is the author of the Time Warrior Sagas and the SEAL Strike Series.
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REVIEW: Having spent my whole adult life in government service, I thought I had learned nothing about business. I was wrong. Marty Strong has shown me (and everyone) how military leadership skills can be applied to the commercial world. This is a valuable resource for anyone wishing to understand successful approaches to leadership in both spheres of endeavor. The book is broken into topical sections short enough to focus on what's important but not so long that the reader misses the key point. Serious students of leadership (and life) will want to keep this easy-to-read resource nearby as they navigate the shoals ahead. ~ Paul Shemella Captain United States Navy SEALs (retired), Reader
REVIEW: Be Nimble reads like a conversation with an old friend. However, the old friend you are connecting with is a highly accomplished business executive who spent his first 20 years as an accomplished leader in Special Ops, a decorated combat veteran of the Navy Seal Teams. Marty has ‘been there and back’ in life and in business. The advice in Be Nimble will help you develop the leadership mindset and ability to handle anything. After reading this book, I learned how important it is to identify, hire, lead and work with great leaders and teams. Marty’s message is simple - no matter what you’re faced with in business or life - be strategic, adaptive, effective, and NEVER QUIT! ~ Mike Goode Senior Management PRA Group (NASDAQ: PRAA), Reader
Having worked for Marty for several years, at two different companies, I can say he practices what he preaches. A great read for those looking for practical leadership principles to guide their persona and professional lives. Highly recommended reading for all levels of leadership. ~ Seamus Flatley Commander U.S. Navy (retired) U.S. Naval Academy Graduate Former President, Linxx Global Solutions, Inc., Former President Federal Contracting Company and retired Navy Fighter Squadron Commander
I enthusiastically seize this opportunity to recommend reading Marty Strong’s new book “Be Nimble.” Marty’s accomplishments and stories throughout the book serve as motivators to search for areas in our own businesses where we may be vulnerable and where we can do more. I was especially drawn to Marty’s encouragement of free thought, experimentation, and creativity which are of paramount importance in today’s fast changing business environment. This book will act as a reference for situations encountered throughout your business career and will ultimately fuel an assessment of what else we as leaders can be doing to execute and excel. ~ Lee J. Priest CEO ETAK Systems MBA, Harvard Business School Holder of over forty technology patents , Beta reader of the final draft of Be Nimble
The key to the success of any business is the effectiveness of the management team, a truth proven repeatedly over my thirty-year investment career. Having worked closely with Marty Strong as the leading investor and chairman of his board of directors, I can attest to Marty living his Be Nimble principles every day. As a strategic thinker, he transformed the company into a rapidly growing healthcare segment leader. His talent at organizational design allowed the team to scale up operations and better deliver the services of a small acquisition, which is now the main effort of the company. A dynamic business leader, Marty oversaw the implementation of the business plan, doubling sales in two years and tracking toward doing so again. Put simply, Marty leads by example and is a high-performance innovator. Be Nimble will be required reading for all our portfolio company executives. ~ William Hayes Co-founder & partner of private equity firm Mosaic Capital Partners Investment professional with over thirty years of experience working, Senior Private Equity underwriter and fellow board member
Be Nimble, How the Creative Navy SEAL Mindset Wins on the Battlefield and in Business, is the testimony of leadership and success written by a highly effective, well-respected Navy SEAL officer and world-class business leader. The book is instructive, full of brilliant ideas, and provides a clear and straightforward approach to decision-making that can be employed regardless of personal or business objectives. Marty Strong’s vision, his strength of purpose, and focus are clear as he outlines his effective business lessons and principles. He provides the reader with a rare opportunity to gain proven advice, unlike anything available in the conventional business world, that can be utilized by any person or organization approaching significant challenges and/or when building strong and effective teams. ~ Don Mann New York Times Best Seller Author of Inside SEAL Team SIX Author of Reaching Beyond Boundaries: A Navy SEAL’s Guide to Achieving Everything , World class adventure racer, author, retired SEAL, entrepreneur
For forty years, both in the SEAL Teams and in business, I’ve marveled at how Marty Strong’s adaptive mindset would cut through the fog of distractors and identify the real challenges we were facing. I watched as his asymmetrical thinking would kick in giving us razor focus, allowing us to crystalize a workable solution. Time after time his creative energy and leadership produced the WIN-WIN outcome we were all seeking. I can remember saying to myself, “Why hadn’t I thought of that?” For decision-makers, Be Nimble, The Navy SEAL Path to Enlightened Execution and Creative Leadership, will give you and your team the keys to the same innovative, strategic insight that marked Marty’s leadership and selfless success in and out of uniform. ~ Rear Admiral (retired SEAL) Thomas Steffens Former Commodore Naval Special Warfare Group Four Former Commander Naval Special Warfare Center , Retired SEAL Admiral, now board director on several charitable and advanced learning institutions
Be Nimble is a book about REAL LEADERSHIP; leadership behaviors, attitudes, techniques, and skills developed and honed on front lines. Those front lines for Marty were in high school, sports, combat, the ocean depths, business, media, counterterrorism, and family life – all places where a leader is needed, but not always present. The pressures and stresses of these situations tend to drive people to a reassessment of who they are and what matters to them. In CRUCIBLES OF LEADERSHIP, Harvard Business Review refers to such situations as times when leaders examine their values, question their assumptions and hone their judgement. They emerge from the crucible stronger and surer of themselves and their purpose – fundamentally changed. If you want to fundamentally change your leadership approach, Be Nimble is for you. ~ Commander (retired) Brad McDonald, Captain, SEAL capable Los Angeles Class attack submarine USS L. Mendel Rivers, and author of The Art and Skill of S, Director Franchise Owner Mentoring and Development, Sandler Training Company