Bite-Sized Decision-Making Tips

Can you "limit your field of view" to see more?


Lieutenant commander, former Navy Seal and host of television show, American Grit, Rorke Denver shares tweetable moments to help leaders make better decisions. Having trained in a military career, Rorke uses training lessons to teach leaders the best way to make a last impact when decisions must be made.

Discover more bite-sized decision making tips to enhance your leadership by listening as Rorke defines tweetable moments for brave leaders, today on Leadercast!

I've got a couple of stories. I love telling stories. I think that's the way we've communicated concepts for centuries. It's my favorite part of speaking. I know what these audience demands, and this is what I am saying making us better. I know this group just loves kind of the quick hit takeaway, right? That - I can't believe I'm using this term - that tweetable moment, that concept. I'm going to share some tweetable moments. It's just going to be quick.

Here's the first. Limit your field of view and you'll see more. Limit your field of view and you'll see more. I learned this from one of my snipers. We're over up in Afghanistan. We're looking at this hillside, we're trying to find the enemy, and I'm on my binoculars staring around and I'm just not seeing anything. I'm looking at the whole field and one of my snipers turned to me and said, "Are you looking at everything?" I said yeah. He's like, "You're not going to see anything." I said, "Okay, what do I do" He said, "Look, deconstruct that hillside. Break it into manageable chunks, stare directly at that and you're going to see everything." And he was right. Limit your field of view; you're going to see more. As leaders you've got to do it. You got a lot in your plate. You got a lot of vision that you need to take care of. Bring it down into something concise and you're going to see more. That's my first tweetable moment.

The second one: Make bold corrections. Make bold corrections. This is what I mean by that. If you make little shifts in the things you're going to do in your life, you'll probably little results for the most part. When we teach young SEALs to shoot, when we sight in our rifles, the very first thing we do when we sight in a rifle is we have a piece of paper down 25 yards, 100 yards wherever it is. We take a shot and the gun isn't automatically set to aim. The sights aren't aligned. You need to dial that in. So you take a shot. Let's say that shot is high nine inches and to the right. You have dials on these scopes so you can actually get it to the right place, and you can make tiny, tiny fragments of corrections. But we don't do that. The instructors say, "Spin the dial. Spin it down, spin it left, let's get there. You take another shot until you get really, really close. Then when you are close, you can make those fine corrections. Make bold corrections; I think you get bold results.

Next tweetable moment. I'm trying to remember my next tweetable moment. I'm even going to pull out my notes. Oh, yeah. Bravery doesn't have to be a solo experience. Bravery is something you can make a team sport. Make bravery a team sport. The fact of the matter is I hope I would have been courageous on the battlefield when it called for it if I was alone, but it was a lot easier having 16 other teammates that were fired up for the fight exhibiting courage and charging ahead next to me. You don't have to do this utterly alone. You can do this with friends, with teammates. Surround yourself with brave people and it's going to help you find that great place.

I've got one more. I know I had one more. Oh, yeah. Choose your ruck wisely. In the military, we call a backpack a 'ruck'. Just a backpack, that's what we carry. The thing that's interesting about a ruck is no matter what size ruck you pick, you will fill it. You will fill it. Everybody knows . . . I'm just going to do this in civilian terms. Imagine you're going on a vacation and you're packing your luggage. No matter what size bag you pack, you will fill it. By a show of hands, who here has bought an extra bag on a trip to bring the stuff home that they didn't have room for? Right, so you've got to be real careful about the backpack.

I remember the first backpack I got issued was about this big. The next one was this big. I thought it was super-cool until I put everything in it and threw it on my shoulder to go hiking up a mountain. Choose the amount of work you are going to take on wisely. Choose the size of your ruck wisely because you are going to fill it.

Rorke Denver

Commander Rorke T. Denver, founder of Ever Onward, has run every phase of training for the U.S. Navy SEALs and led special-forces missions in the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and other international hot spots. He starred in the ...

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