The National Stone, Sand and Gravel Association (NSSGA) Young Leaders Luncheon, sponsored by Rock Products, took place Tuesday, Feb. 12 at the Indiana Convention Center in Indianapolis. The event coincided with NSSGA’s Annual Convention and the AGG1 Show.
This year’s speaker was Mike Sarraille of Echelon Front, a group of decorated, combat-proven veterans with experience in building, training and leading high-performance winning teams. Echelon Front’s mission is to educate, train, mentor and inspire leaders and organizations to achieve total victory.
One of Echelon Front’s founders is Jocko Willink, a retired U.S. Navy SEAL officer and co-author with Leif Babin of the New York Times bestseller “Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win,” as well as host of the top-rated Jocko Podcast.
Echelon Front offers “unmatched solutions in leadership, strategy, innovation, management, team building, contingency planning and crisis management developed and proven in the U.S. Navy SEAL Teams,” according to the organization.
Attendees heard Sarraille discuss the importance of leadership. His talk was punctuated by specific examples, drawing on his 15 years of experience as an officer in the SEAL Teams and five years in the U.S. Marine Corps as an enlisted Recon Marine and Scout-Sniper. Mike served in SEAL Team THREE, Task Unit Bruiser.
“There are no bad teams, only bad leaders,” Sarraille said.
Sarraille also explained The 4 Laws of Combat.
Cover and Move
- The enemy is ‘outside the wire.’
- If the team fails, everyone fails.
- Relationships are the key.
- If people don’t understand, they can’t execute.
- Communication must be simple, clear, and concise.
Prioritize and Execute
- You must detach from the situation.
- Relax, look around, make a call.
- Everyone leads.
- Everyone must understand not just what they are doing but why.