“Out of every one hundred men that go into battle, ten shouldn't even be there, eighty are nothing more than sheep, nine are the real fighters, and we are lucky to have them, for they make the battle. Ah, but the one, one is a warrior, and he will bring the others back.” - Heraclitus
In a world of uncertainty, how do we become the one that others turn to in times of crisis? How do we find, organize and empower the nine to fight our organization's battles? We win in these circumstances by finding our purpose, creating a vision and building a culture that separates us from the herd.
Jake Wood is the cofounder and CEO of Team Rubicon, a nonprofit organization that recruits, trains and deploys military veterans to disaster zones around the world and within the United States. Since 2010, Team Rubicon has scaled to nearly 100,000 volunteers and deployed teams to some of the worst catastrophes of the century. A rapidly growing social enterprise, Team Rubicon is as known for its unique corporate culture as its ability to mobilize teams at a moments notice.
As a Sergeant in the United States Marine Corps, Wood deployed to Iraq and Afghanistan as a Scout Sniper and earned the Navy-Marine Commendation Medal. A leading veterans’ advocate, Wood has briefed President Obama on veterans’ issues, met with former Presidents Bush and Clinton on veteran transition and disaster response and testified before a Senate committee to improve mental health care services for returning veterans. He has also appeared in the major media, including MSNBC, CNN, NBC, ABC, Al Jazeera, US News & World Report, Forbes, Fox News and penned an op-ed for The New York Times. In 2014, Crown Publishing published Wood’s book, Take Command: Lessons in Leadership.