Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success

  • 4h 58m 12s
  • Deborah Lee James
  • Recorded Books, Inc.
  • 2019

As the 23rd Secretary and the "CEO" of the male-dominated US Air Force (only the second woman to lead a U.S. military service), Secretary Deborah Lee James led a force of 660,000 people and managed a $139 billion budget - larger than the GDP of more than 120 countries. In the midst of unprecedented political dysfunction in Washington, she faced down enormous challenges, including preparing military women and men to fight terror in the Middle East, combatting sexual assault in the military, and responding to a crisis in the nuclear enterprise.

In Aim High: Chart Your Course and Find Success, Deborah James shares her personal and professional challenges, outcomes, strategies for success, and the problem-solving principles she used to overcome the daunting pressures, threats, and challenges that come with rising to the top of the US Armed Forces. As a supplement to her storytelling, Bain and Company, a top-tier management consulting firm, offers research and statistics that prove James's insights have widespread impact.

The book offers an insider's view on how things really work in Washington - and how the author's five-step, repeatable problem-solving approach can work in any walk of life.

In this Audiobook

  • Chapter 1 - The BLUF
  • Chapter 2 - Make a Plan A, But Prepare to Zig-Zag
  • Chapter 3 - Be Part of Something Big
  • Chapter 4 - Get a Mentor, Be a Mentor, Build Your Network
  • Chapter 5 - Hang in There with Positivity
  • Chapter 6 - Learn, Evolve, Reinvent
  • Chapter 7 - Lead a Full Life Beyond Work
  • Chapter 8 - Speak Up and Listen Deeply
  • Chapter 9 - Role Model Ethical Behavior
  • Chapter 10 - Put People First
  • Chapter 11 - Play to Your Strengths within a Great Team
  • Chapter 12 - Becoming SECAF
  • Chapter 13 - Case Study 1: The Nuclear Enterprise
  • Chapter 14 - Case Study 2: Fighting Sexual Assault and Harassment
  • Chapter 15 - Case Study 3: Making the Air Force More Diverse
  • Chapter 16 - Case Study 4: Supporting Pilots Who Don't Fly
  • Chapter 17 - Case Study 5: Stop Doing Stuff
  • Chapter 18 - The BLUF (Revisited)