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Foreword by #1 David Goggins

A raw, brutally honest, in-your-face self-help guide based on the Navy SEAL mindset to thrive in adversity. With an intense foreword by world-renowned SEAL, elite athlete and mental toughness expert David Goggins, this book captures the reader immediately and takes them on a journey of personal transformation.
Brent Gleeson


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Brent Gleeson's Book Embrace the Suck featured on ABC 10 News San Diego
ABC 10 News San Diego (KGTV): May 7, 2020

In a recent survey of 2000 remote workers, more than half claim they're getting more work done now than when they were in the office.


Business Commands From a Navy Seal
Cheddar: February 6, 2018

Brent Gleeson, former Navy Seal and author of "Taking Point: A Navy Seal's 10 Fail Safe Principles for Leading Through Change," discusses his time in the military and how it helped him become more business savvy.


How Navy SEAL Hell Week builds indestructible teams
Big Think: February 10, 2018

Becoming a Navy SEAL isn't exactly easy. First, you have to get through 18 months of training. About a month or so into that, you have to get through Hell Week. With an 80% attrition rate, Hell Week lives up to its name.


Navy Seal Brent Gleeson Reveals How to Overcome Adversity
Parade: March 6, 2018

It isn’t every day that we get to hear firsthand what it’s like to serve as a Navy SEAL. Such was the first career of Brent Gleeson, who, upon returning to civilian life, has built award-winning, multimillion dollar organizations that have been repeatedly named in the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies.


Interview with Brent Gleeson, Founder & CEO at TakingPoint Leadership
USA Weekly: February 28, 2018

Starting a business is a big achievement for many entrepreneurs, but maintaining one is the larger challenge. There are many standard challenges that face every business whether they are large or small. It is not easy running a company, especially in a fast-paced, ever-changing business world.


Rancho Santa Fe resident translates Navy SEAL and corporate experience into management, leadership book
Rancho Santa Fe Review: March 20, 2018

In the late 1990s, Brent Gleeson was cruising toward a successful career in the business world. Then, he joined the Navy’s SEAL program, with overseas duty that included “capture or kill” missions in Iraq.


Episode 328: Brent Gleeson discusses the transition from Navy SEAL to businessman
SOFREP Radio: February 20, 2018

Navy SEAL Brent Gleeson joins us in studio for the podcast, which we livestreamed.  He has a new book out next week, it’s called “TakingPoint: A Navy SEAL’s 10 Fail-Safe Principles for Leading Through Change.”  Be sure to pre-order it.  The book gets into some of the takeaways Brent was able to deliver to the business world, and we hear all about it.


The System This Navy SEAL Uses to Communicate Seamlessly November 3, 2017

Every company needs communication to flow within their workplace. Here are two barriers that get in the way according to Brent Gleeson, author of ‘TakingPoint.’


The 1 Question That Will Show If Someone Is Right for Your Company November 13, 2017

Hiring the right person is important. Here's the question that will make sure you do, according to Brent Gleeson, author of ‘TakingPoint.’

The Barnes & Noble Podcast - Brent Gleeson

The Barnes & Noble Podcast: Brent Gleeson
The Barnes & Noble Podcast: April 27, 2018

Every author has a story beyond the one that they put down on paper. The Barnes & Noble Podcast goes between the lines with today’s most interesting writers, exploring what inspires them, what confounds them, and what they were thinking when they wrote the books we’re talking about. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW >

Unbeatable Mind Podcast - Brent Gleeson

The Unbeatable Mind Podcast: Brent Gleeson
Unbeatable Mind Podcast: August 30, 2018

Brent Gleeson is a former SEAL and a prominent entrepreneur. He’s also a well known speaker merging his leadership lessons from the SEALs and how to apply them to business. Most recently, he’s also the bestselling author of the book “Taking Point: A Navy SEAL’s 10 Fail-safe Principles for Leading Through Change.” Mark and Brent talk about his work and his principles of leadership. Listen to this episode to gain insight on how an Unbeatable Mind is necessary both in the military and the business world. LISTEN TO THE INTERVIEW >

Negotiations Ninja Podcast - Brent Gleeson

Brent Gleeson on Navy Seal Negotiations
Negotiations Ninja Podcast: February 2, 2018

It was both an honor and a privilege to have Brent Gleeson on the show.  The conversation that we had was fantastic. We spoke about peak performance, peak performance culture, peak performance mindset and what it takes to develop a mindset of peak performance and how you can translate that into your sales and your negotiation life.

Elite Man Podcast - Brent Gleeson

How To Develop The Leadership Skills Of A Navy Seal: 10 Steps For Successful Leadership Execution
Elite Man Podcast: April 17, 2018

Brent Gleeson, Navy Seal combat veteran, motivational speaker, leadership coach, and author of the new bestselling book Taking Point, joins our show in this special episode of the Elite Man Podcast! In today’s episode Brent talks about his life in the Navy Seals and the critical life lessons he learned while in this elite military branch.

The Barnes & Noble Interview Brent Gleeson

Brent Gleeson, Author Of Bestselling Book TakingPoint
The Barnes & Noble Interview, March 28, 2018

The book was written as a tool for not just business leaders and managers, but for emerging leaders in organizations and aspiring entrepreneurs to prepare their organizations for ongoing change and disruption. WATCH THE INTERVIEW >

The Home & Family Show Brent Gleeson

How To Use TakingPoint Principles to Build Family Alignment
The Home & Family Show, May 2, 2018

A successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker, and bestselling author, Brent Gleeson explains how his principles for leading through changecan be applied in a family setting. WATCH THE INTERVIEW >


Why You Hold Your Boss Accountable, According to a US Navy SEAL
Business Insider: July 10, 2018

Navy SEAL and author of “Taking Point: A Navy SEAL’s 10 Fail Safe Principles for Leading Through Change,” Brent Gleeson explains why accountability and trust are key to any company’s success.

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Brent Gleeson is a Navy SEAL combat veteran with multiple tours to Iraq and Africa.

BrentGleeson is a Navy SEAL combat veteran with multiple tours to Iraq andAfrica and other theaters of war. Upon leaving SEAL Team 5,Brentturned his discipline and battlefield lessons to the world of business and has become an accomplished entrepreneur, bestselling author and acclaimed speaker on topics rangingfrom leadership and building high performance teams to culture and organizational transformation. Youcan learn more about his leadership philosophies in his weekly columns on is the bestselling author ofTakingPoint: A Navy SEAL’s 10 Fail Safe Principles for Leading Through Change, which was a #1 New Release in the categories of Organizational Change and Business Structural Adjustment.

Brentis the Founder and CEO of TakingPoint Leadership, a progressive leadership and management consulting firm with a focus on leadership development, business transformation and building high-performance cultures. With degrees in finance and economics from Southern Methodist University, certificates in English and History from Oxford University in England and a graduate business degree from University of San Diego, Gleeson’s extensive experience is both academic and real-world in nature. Gleeson has won awards for business leadership and was named one of the “Top 10 CEOs” in Entrepreneur Magazine’s October 2013 issue for his exemplary approach to building high-performance teams in business.

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Brent Gleeson

Navy SEAL Combat Veteran | Entrepreneur | Bestselling Author

Brent Gleeson is a Navy SEAL combat veteran with multiple tours to Iraq and Africa and other theaters of war. Upon leaving SEAL Team 5, Brent turned his discipline and battlefield lessons to the world of business and has become an accomplished entrepreneur, author, and acclaimed speaker on topics ranging from leadership and building high performance teams to culture and organizational transformation. You can learn more about his leadership philosophies in his weekly columns on and

Brent is the Founder and CEO of TakingPoint Leadership, a progressive leadership and management consulting firm with a focus on business transformation and building high-performance cultures. With degrees in finance and economics from Southern Methodist University, certificates in English and History from Oxford University in England and a graduate business degree from University of San Diego, Gleeson’s extensive experience is both academic and real-world in nature. Gleeson has won awards for business leadership and was named one of the “Top 10 CEOs” in Entrepreneur Magazine’s October 2013 issue for his exemplary approach to building high-performance teams in business.

He is the bestselling author of TakingPoint: A Navy SEAL’s 10 Fail Safe Principles for Leading Through Change, which was a #1 New Release on Amazon in Organizational Change and Business Structural Adjustment. Between his experiences in the SEAL Teams and building award winning organizations that have topped the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing companies, Brent has become a business transformation expert. TakingPoint highlights his ten principle program all leaders and managers will need to lead change and achieve winning results in the twenty-first century business landscape.

He has also starred in several reality shows including NBC’s ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ where he and Chris Kyle of America Sniper along with other special operations professionals were paired with celebrities to compete and raise money for charities like Wounded Warrior Project.

Brent is on the executive board of the SEAL Family Foundation and his family is an Ambassador Family for March of Dimes. He is married with three wonderful children.



Keynote Speaking & Workshops

Brent Gleeson and our other highly-engaging keynote speakers and workshop facilitators not only bring vast amounts of real-world experience from the literal and figurative battlefields of combat and business, but also higher education such as MBAs and PhDs. We invest significant time in discovery, analysis and planning for all events as well as perform after-action reviews and provide reporting deliverables complete with recommendations for organizational design and development improvements. Our facilitated workshops include everything from Stop-Start-Continue exercise, Root Cause Analysis, Planning, and Executive Alignment to Leadership Development, Culture Assessments and Developing Guiding Principles and Behavioral Norms. See more in our Speaking & Workshop Topics section or contact us today!

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Organizational Consulting & Leadership Development  

We take a data-driven approach to all consulting and leadership development programs by starting with in-depth assessments and organizational design analysis. By utilizing a mix of executive interviews and proprietary survey and assessment tools, we gather the necessary data to perform needs analysis and develop detailed recommendations. Our programs consist of both short-term and long-term engagements depending on the project and needs of the organization. By beginning with needs analysis and organizational assessments, we design custom programs to fit the exact developmental requirements of the organization which may include restructuring,process improvement, development of standard operating procedures, culture transformation, leadership development or all of the above. Contact us to learn more! 

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Team Building Experiences & Retreats  

We offer highly engaging team-building experiences which can be a great addition to a keynote or workshop, or exist as a stand alone event. These experiences can range from Navy SEAL-style bootcamps (geared towards all fitness levels) and mission planning operations to creative team building exercise and fun competitions. We also offer high-end executive retreats that will transform both the individual attendees as well as the group. Our retreats are held in amazing locations and include a bland of challenging outdoor activities, teambuilding, wellness, fitness, nutrition and more. Attendees with leave not only feeling energized but transformed and having a new outlook on their personal and professional lives. Contact us today to learn more!


Motivation. Inspiration. Education.

Keynote & Workshop Topics

And don’t worry, if Brent Gleeson isn’t available, we have more amazing world-renowned speakers and workshop facilitators! Navy SEALs, fighter pilots, behavioral psychologists, business leadership experts & more!

  • Leading & Managing Change
  • Increasing Leadership Alignment
  • Aligning Leadership, Culture, & Strategy
  • Building a Culture of Accountability
  • Measuring and Improving Trust
  • High-Performance Team Engagement
  • Building Team and Personal Resilience
  • Motivational Leadership at All Levels
  • Emotionally Intelligent Leadership
  • Creating a Resilient Organizationt
  • Overcoming Adversity
  • Pushing Beyond Your Comfort Zone
  • Crushing Goals & Achieving the Impossible
  • Breaking Down Silos for High-performance
  • Organizational Design and Development
  • Culture Transformation for Winning Results

Sample Programs

Maximum Performance Through Trust, Teamwork & Accountability

In this presentation Brent draws connections between how high performance teams in any environment can leverage trust, teamwork and accountability to achieve their goals. He provides tools for improving trust that have a measurable economic impact on any organization. He also dives into how building a culture of accountability can have game changing effects and drive a team to achieve more than they ever expected to.

Leadership Lessons For Elite Teams

This presentation is specific to leadership at all levels. Brent compares stories from the battlefield, the lessons learned, and how those lessons apply to leadership at any level across any type of organization or team. Brent talks about how to build a culture of leadership, servant leadership, adaptive change management, and much more. The audience will leave with at least three key take aways that they can start applying to their personal and professionals lives immediately.

Crushing Your Goals & Achieving The Impossible

This presentation is designed to motivate teams at all levels and across any type of organization. Brent shares stories from combat and talks about teamwork, persistence, adaptation, sacrifice, and how elite teams really achieve success and win. The audience will leave with at least three key takeaways that they can start applying to their personal and professionals lives immediately.

Leading Change: A Navy SEAL's Principles for Navigating Organizational Change

In today's more volatile, unpredictable and complex business environments businesses can find themselves in almost constant states of change. But more change initiatives fall short or fail due to a lack of leadership alignment, the proper culture founded on accountability and trust and poor discipline. In this presentation Gleeson provides actionable principles for managers to use in leading an organization through change.

Prioritizing People Culture and Values to Achieve Results

People, culture and values often have a reputation for being a "soft" element of management's priorities and not directly tied to improving profitability. Yet, many studies show that leading with culture makes an organization stronger, more resilient and much more profitable. Gleeson shares correlations between SEAL culture and high performance teams in business and how prioritizing people, culture and values drives a company to achieve better results.

Building High-trust Organizations that Achieve Winning Results

Productivity, income and profits of any organization can be directly negatively or positively impacted depending on the levels of trust within the team. Trust is one of the most critical elements of a strong team culture that gets results and successfully navigates change. In this presentation, Gleeson shares the seven principles for building high-trust organizations: Integrity of Leadership, Investing in Respect, Empowering Everyone, Accountability for All, Creating a Winning Vision, Keeping the Team Informed, and Embracing Sacrifice.

NOTE: All presentations are customized for the specific audience. Discovery sessions are conducted with each client in order to craft the perfect messaging for each audience.


Thank you so much for speaking to our global leaders in Hong Kong, Sydney and Singapore. The presentation was riveting and had great takeaways that really resonated with our teams. They are still talking about it!
Matthew Koder
President, Bank of America Merrill Lynch Asia Pacific
Great job Brent! You hit on all the points we needed! I will recommend you to the Dallas Mavericks. It was an honor having you. Thank you.
Dwane Casey
Head Coach, Toronto Raptors
Last week was a truly great experience for all of the members of the Raytheon C&T Leadership team. I can say that everyone there deeply enjoyed your discussion and that, the presence of someone who has done what you have done was very impactful to the team! Your words grounded us and reminded us all of why it is so important that we give what we do our all. Thank you again!
Bradley Whittington
Director of Technology, Raytheon
Thank you for coming to our conference. You were a huge hit, and the reaction was extremely positive!
Laz Martinez
Director of Human Resources, Nestle
I recently had the privilege of not only of getting to know Brent Gleeson, co-founder and CMO of Internet Marketing Inc, but also working with him on a leadership presentation to San Diego's SAGE Executive Group earlier this month. Brent is a dynamic, young entrepreneur and business leader who has the additional distinction of being a veteran of the elite U.S. Navy SEALs. I could not recommend Brent more highly for your keynote speaker.
Jeff Campbell
Former CEO, Burger King
I heard from numerous guests in attendance during your speech, they were all blown away and considered you one of the best speakers they have ever heard.
Jerry Casselano
Vice President, ProVentures
I wanted to let you know that I have received nothing but positive feedback from the ELDP members. I have been told over and over again that you were the highlight of the event — so THANK YOU!!!
Alisha Nowlin,
I was lucky enough to be in the audience a couple weeks ago when you spoke at my company. I wanted to tell you how fantastic it was. At one point my heart was racing, hands were shaking and palms were sweating. I've never felt more motivated. Thank you!!
Tressa Daniels,
In 25 years we have never had a more dynamic and captivating speaker, who certainly provided a message that resonated with all the first responders and hazardous materials technicians in the room.
Scott Sweet
President, MAHMT
Almost three weeks since you spoke to us at the 2017 Ironworkers IMPACT Conference and I still have a fire in my belly! My performance has improved at work and I have defined my role in a way to lead and not micromanage. My own accountability is priority one. Thanks again!
Hart Keeble
Senior Manager, Ironworkers 416
Thank you Brent. Everyone couldn't say enough how much they enjoyed your talk and candor! So much so that you held their attention better than any speaker they've seen. Our Customer Service lead was there and she already wants to have you speak to her team!
John Keaveney
Global Sales Director, Ingredion
Fantastic presentation! You hit the messaging perfectly. It was both entertaining and prescriptive. We will definitely be inviting you back!
Gerard McGraw
CFO, Fidelity Investments
That was the best and most authentic presentation on values-based leadership and culture I've ever seen. So many speakers just tell stories, but you actually taught us how to improve!
Carol Rivetti
President, Affigent
Your presentation was amazing! People keep telling me how much they loved it. You're the only speaker to receive a standing ovation in the last eight years!
Jeannie VanderKruik
Executive Director, SOAP
US Health Advisors told me you were the best speaker they’ve ever had and I’ve been booking talent for them for 20 years!
Roz Cole
LST Marketing
It was the most memorable day ever. We can’t thank you enough!
Gen Waiton
Director of Human Resources, Hilton Hotels
I just wanted to pass along how awesome your speech was, Brent. I have already made a few changes in my life's perspective and approach and I just wanted to pass along a thank you. You balanced your military background perfectly with not only your professional expertise, but also applying the military lessons TO corporate life. I just want you to know I am part of your ‘changed my life’ statistics. Thanks so much!
Mark Filler
Four Winds Interactive
Brent left his legacy with Coca Cola. Inspirational and true to life. Awesome, thank you!!!
Fran McGorry
Coca Cola


Brent Gleeson E-book - From the Battlefield to the Boardroom

Download Brent's New eBooks

In order to provide you and your team with the best content possible, Brent offers a series of eBooks on topics ranging from leadership and building high-performance teams to building trust, communication, and accountability in your organization. The philosophies embodied in these eBooks are founded on the battle-tested principles used by US Navy SEALs. Brent translates these winning strategies into easily adopted tools for any organization.

Download Business Leadership Success: Part 1 & 2

Coming Soon: Managing Organizational Change

Coming Soon: Building an Accountability Culture

Brent’s writings


May 25, 2016 — by Brent Gleeson

3 Steps for Envisioning the Win and Exceeding Your Goals
Athletes do it before the big game. Soldiers do it before stepping onto the battlefield. [READ MORE]

May 24, 2016 — by Brent Gleeson

Lead, Prioritize and Win: Overcoming Traditional Leadership Challenge
Business leaders sometimes make the assumption that if they have succeeded as a leader... [READ MORE]

May 21, 2016 — by Brent Gleeson

5 Ways to Improve Leadership Communication
In the Navy SEAL teams, there are three things we must do perfectly to be effective operators. [READ MORE]



August 2, 2018 — by Brent Gleeson

A Navy SEAL's Guide To Aligning Leadership, Strategy And Culture With Desired Results
Research shows that most organizational leaders today understand the importance of leadership, structure, strategy and culture, but most focus on improving each in silos. [READ MORE]

July 11, 2018 — by Brent Gleeson

9 Navy SEAL Sayings That Will Improve Engagement And Accountability In Your Organization
Engagement and accountability are critical elements for growth, productivity and profitability in any organization. [READ MORE]

June 4, 2018 — by Brent Gleeson

The Critical Role Of Leadership Development During Organizational Change
Most business leaders today would agree on two things: (1) organizational change is constant, and (2) leading change is one of the most difficult burdens of a leader’s command. [READ MORE]


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