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PRAISE FOR TAKINGPOINT

This book perfectly captures the lessons learned on organizational transformation from the SEAL Teams and applies them to business. It has the actual tools and models companies and their leaders can use to implement lasting change.
Mark Owen
SEAL TEAM 6 team leader
Author of #1 New York Times Bestseller No Easy Day
Brent has been testing these theories in his own businesses and in his research and writings for Forbes and Inc. for years. But now it’s all in one prescriptive program that any organization can use. Praise for TakingPoint!
Quinn Lyzun
CEO, Optos
TakingPoint nails it. Brent’s principles for leading change apply to any type of organization, large and small. The book is fun and entertaining while providing great tools and models for implementing successful, lasting change in today’s more uncertain business landscape.
Jeff Campbell
Former CEO, Burger King

Leaders can’t just react to change.

They have to lead change. They have to be TakingPoint

Decorated Navy SEAL and successful businessman Brent Gleeson shares his revolutionary approach to navigating and leading change in the workplace—with a foreword by New York Times bestselling author Mark Owen.

Inspired by his time as a Navy SEAL and building successful organizations in the business world, Brent Gleeson has created a revolutionary approach for today’s existing and emerging business leaders and managers to improve their ability to successfully navigate organizational change.

In Taking Point, Gleeson will share his ten-step program that he uses for his high-profile clients, giving leaders and managers actionable insights and a framework for successful execution. With a strong emphasis on communication, culture, accountability, and trust, Gleeson’s methods have helped hundreds of companies transform the way they think about change, and can help yours do the same.

Steps Include:

  • Culture: The Single Most Important Enabler
  • Trust: Fueling the Change Engine
  • Accountability: Ownership at All Levels
  • Mindset: Belief in the Mission
  • Preparation: Gathering Intelligence & Planning the Mission
  • Transmission: Communicating the Vision
  • Inclusion: The Power of Participation and Acceptance
  • Fatigue: Managing Fear and Staying Energized
  • Discipline: Focus and Follow-Through
  • Resiliency: The Path of Lasting Change

Never has change been more consistent and disruptive as it is now. Business leaders at all levels can’t just react to change. They have to lead change. They have to take point.

Brent Gleeson is a highly sought-after keynote speaker, business consultant, a serial entrepreneur, and a decorated Navy SEAL combat veteran. He has degrees in finance and economics from Southern Methodist University, English and history from Oxford University, and a graduate business degree from the University of San Diego. As a member of SEAL Team 5, Gleeson’s platoon was some of the first SEALs deployed to Iraq in early 2003. He served several tours in Iraq, Africa, and other theaters of war. After returning to civilian life, he built award-winning, multi-million dollar organizations that were repeatedly named in the Inc. 500 list of fastest growing private companies. He has been featured on many business podcasts and local and national news channels such as CNBC, Fox, CBS, NBC and ABC. He has also been featured on TMZ and stared in reality TV shows on the Discovery Channel and NBC. For the past six years he’s written about business leadership, building high-performance cultures and leading organizational change in his two regular business columns in Forbes and Inc. TakingPoint is his first book. Follow him on Twitter @BrentGleeson.

About Brent Gleeson

Gleeson, a Navy SEAL combat veteran and serial entrepreneur, has leveraged the principles of leadership, discipline, accountability and resiliency learned in training and applied down range for building high-performance teams in the business world. He has raised millions of dollars for his organizations, built winning teams, made costly mistakes, dealt with the inevitable obstacles and sold companies for significant returns.

He is an acclaimed speaker on topics ranging from leadership and culture to change management and building high-performance teams. Companies of all sizes from across the globe hire him for speaking and consulting with a desire to leverage his expertise in building teams that evangelize change and achieve winning results.

After tours in Iraq, Africa and other theaters of war Gleeson transitioned to the world of entrepreneurship applying battletested leadership principles to building teams designed to overcome the odds and achieve results. Using the guiding principles he learned in the SEAL Teams, Gleeson has built award-winning multi-million dollar organizations that have earned the prestige of being repeatedly named in the Inc. 500|5000 list of fastest growing private companies.

He has spoken to thousands of business leaders, professional athletes and first responders all over the world and consulted with hundreds of organizations large and small seeking new ways to develop their leaders, improve the culture and get better results. He has inspired thousands to push themselves beyond their comfort zone and achieve seemingly impossible goals.

With degrees in finance and economics from Southern Methodist University, English and History from Oxford University in England and an MBA 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.

His clients include reputable brands such as Bank of America Merrill Lynch, PayPal, Nestle, Toronto Raptors, Morgan Stanley, Raytheon, Boeing, A&E Networks, Teva Pharmaceuticals, Care Fusion, The North Face, Lilly, Blue Cross Blue Shield, UBS and the U.S. Navy.

For the last four years, Gleeson has had weekly columns on both Forbes.com and Inc.com, two of the most highly trafficked business content sites in the world. His columns – that garner thousands of views and social shares each week – focus on the topics of business leadership, culture, change management and building teams that achieve great results.

Since his inception as an entrepreneur, Gleeson has been featured on many business podcasts and local and national news and TV channels such as CNBC, Fox, CBS, NBC, ABC, TMZ and the Discovery Channel. He has also starred in several reality shows such as Discovery Channel’s ‘One Man Army’ and Mark Burnett’s NBC primetime hit ‘Stars Earn Stripes.’ For ‘Stars Earn Stripes’ Gleeson and several other special operations professionals – including the late Chris Kyle (former teammate and “American Sniper”) – were selected out of two thousand candidates to be paired with celebrities to compete and raise money for charities like Wounded Warrior Project and Hire Our Heroes. Gleeson currently has two TV shows in the works with Mark Owen (former teammate, SEAL Team 6 member, and author of the best-seller ‘No Easy Day’) and CAA, where the focus will be a special operations approach to improving businesses.

Gleeson is on the Executive Board of the Navy SEAL Family Foundation and his family is an ambassador family for March of Dimes. He is married with three wonderful children.

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BRENT’S ARTICLES ON LEADING ORGANIZATIONAL TRANSFORMATION

July 10, 2017

Why Great Companies Prepare For Change Now, Not Tomorrow
Leading organizational change is hard. And unfortunately, most companies fall short of their transformation goals due to poor planning, competing priorities, change fatigue and lack of team buy-in. The ones that win lead change proactively, not reactively. [READ MORE]

June 27, 2017

Top Barriers To Communicating A Vision For Change And How To Overcome Them
Communication in today’s more dynamic and uncertain global business environment is more challenging than ever before, despite technological advancements. Structural and behavioral barriers can impede strategies for communicating a vision for change. Regardless of how great that vision might be. [READ MORE]

June 20, 2017

Why Silos Kill The Ability To Communicate A Unified Vision, And 5 Ways To Eliminate Them
Many organizations today that struggle with change and fall short of fulfilling their ultimate vision spend countless days, weeks and months – not to mention resources – trying to understand why they can’t seem to circumvent the barriers standing in their way. The silos preventing communication. [READ MORE]

June 12, 2017

How Great Leaders Transform A Broken Culture
It all starts with inspiring a shift in mindset, and moving away from the sentiment of “that’s just how things are around here” to a new way of thinking - where leaders’ match words and actions with authenticity. Then and only then can they lead change and transform a culture. [READ MORE]

June 6, 2017

The Top 6 Priorities For Building High-Performance Organizations Of Tomorrow
Organizations face a radically shifting context for the workforce and the globalized world of business in general. These shifts have changed the rules for the way we think about culture and the pace at which we must learn to the evolve functions of leadership and management. [READ MORE]

May 31, 2017

A Navy SEAL’s 7 Steps For Using Culture To Drive Change
Leading significant organizational change is hard. Though well-intentioned, that’s why over half of major transformation efforts fail. Why? Many reasons can include but aren’t limited to a bad strategy, a weak culture lacking trust and accountability, poor communication and competing priorities. [READ MORE]

May 17, 2017

Measuring Trust And Its Impact On A Company’s Financial Performance
Internal and external trust have a measurable impact on the financial performance of all organizations. And since everything important must be both managed and measured, its important to understand how to do so. [READ MORE]

April 24, 2017

Five Signs That Its Time For A Culture Upgrade
All companies have a culture, for better or worse. All great leaders have to learn how to learn how to build and protect a culture that is aligned with the mission and vision of the company. Its takes an active focus to maintain a great culture. Don’t leave it to chance.[READ MORE]

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