Author Event: Jon S. Rennie
Page 158 Books is pleased to welcome Jon S. Rennie to celebrate the launch of his two new books; All in the Same Boat: Lead Your Organization Like a Nuclear Submariner and You Have the Watch: A Guided Journal to Become a Leader Worth Following.
A deployed nuclear submarine operates alone—hundreds of miles from any support and hundreds of feet below the surface. An emotionless and indifferent enemy constantly surrounds the crew. Thousands of pounds of sea pressure sit right over their heads, waiting to crush them like a tin can and send them to the bottom of the ocean. Even the most junior sailor’s mistake can result in the submarine’s loss and everyone on it.
To accomplish their mission and return safely home to their families, a submarine crew relies entirely on the actions of their fellow sailors. There is both shared responsibility and vulnerability. Regardless of rank or experience, every sailor is vitally important. When Jon Rennie reported to the USS Tennessee as a young junior officer, he had no idea what to expect. He didn’t realize he was heading out on a four-year adventure that would change his life and establish leadership principles that he would rely on for decades.
He learned that submarine leadership was a 24/7 commitment. He couldn’t go home at the end of the day or take the weekend off after a rough week. There was no escape from his roles and responsibilities as a leader. On a submarine crew, officers and sailors work together in cramped spaces and challenging conditions to accomplish complex missions with no room for failure. As Rennie moved into leadership positions in the civilian world, he found that the basic underlying principles for success at sea also led to high-performing teams on land.
Leaders succeed when they create a unified team with a singular mission—when every employee performs like they are all in the same boat.
Congratulations–you have the watch! You are now responsible for the mission and the people assigned to you. This is no trivial matter. Regardless of the size of your team, employees are depending on you for their lives and careers. Someone in your organization has found you worthy of taking on this incredible responsibility. For the sake of your team and the people who entrusted you with this role, you need to master the skills to become a great leader.
This guided journal provides daily leadership guidance and reflection for an entire year. Each week, you will learn a new leadership skill. Each day, you will explore a new facet of that skill. As you do the work and put in the reps as a leader, this journal will be your constant companion. By the end of the year, you will master fifty of the most important leadership skills.
Jon is a business leader, speaker, author, and podcaster. He is the co-founder, president & CEO of Peak Demand Inc., a manufacturer of critical components for electrical utilities based in Wilson, NC. He is a former U.S. Navy Nuclear Submarine Officer who made seven deployments during the end of the Cold War. Prior to starting Peak Demand, he led eight manufacturing businesses for three global companies. Jon is the author of three bestselling leadership books and host of the popular Deep Leadership podcast. He lives in Wake Forest with his wife and two golden retrievers.