A Navy SEAL fights for freedom, for life; but for the unborn? How emphatic can I say YES! Chad's story was riveting; you could have heard a pin drop
Having been a featured guest on Fox News Channel, CNN News Room, Anderson Cooper 360 and more; former U.S. Navy SEAL Chad Williams draws from his experience in the SEAL Teams to communicate an instructive perspective on teamwork, resilience, leadership and self-motivation.
Just days prior to entering SEAL training Chad's motivation and mental toughness would be tested as he turned on a television one morning to see unexpected graphic video footage of his mentor and training partner Navy SEAL Scott Helvenston brutally killed, mutilated and dragged through the streets of Fallujah, Iraq. Hung upside-down from the Euphrates River Bridge while an incensed Iraqi mob repeatedly celebrated and chanted in Arabic, "Fallujah is the graveyard of Americans." Helvenston's body was set ablaze as Chad witnessed and learned an unwelcome firsthand lesson in what it was to be forged by adversity.
Steeled in his resolve to follow in his Helvenston's footsteps and complete SEAL Training in honor and memory of his good friend, Chad entered the military's most difficult and grueling training known as BUD/S. As a member of Class 254 Chad and 172 other sailors vowed that they would die before ever giving up and quitting the military's most rigorous training. Those that would quit, were required to "ring out" which entailed ringing a large hanging brass bell three times and surrendering their class helmet on the Naval Special Warfare Center's asphalt grinder. Exercising mental-toughness, leadership and teamwork Chad climbed the mountain and completed SEAL Training alongside 12 of the original number of 173 sailors that vowed their dedication to completing the program.
Serving his country proudly through multiple deployments as a U.S. Navy SEAL, on SEAL Teams One and Seven Chad continued to hone the qualities and values that our nation's best adhere to. In an ironic final operation in Iraq, Chad's SEAL Team was set up on a premeditated ambush similar to the location and scenario that took the life of his mentor Scott Helvenston but on that occasion Chad and his Team were able to overcome the enemy and complete the mission.
Today Chad is a bestselling author of his book, SEAL of God and an in demand keynote speaker. Drawing from his experiences as a SEAL, Chad captivates his listeners as he illustrates and instructs the SEAL mindset and ethos that involve: mental toughness, discipline, teamwork, leadership, safety and motivation.
On a final operation in the Al Anbar Province of Iraq, with the objective of capturing a deadly suicide-bomb manufacturer, members of SEAL Team 7 found themselves being set-up on a premeditated ambush. In SEVEN, Former Navy SEAL Chad Williams recounts the harrowing details of that ominous event, while communicating the seven SEAL Team maxims that ultimately led he and his Team to overcoming a hail of bullets in the worst of circumstances, and against all odds achieving mission success. Sharing the seven SEAL maxims in a relatable way, Chad demonstrates how these battletested truths translate to the battlefield of doing business.
• AIM SMALL MISS SMALL (Goal Setting)
• COMMON MAN WITH UNCOMMON DESIRE TO SUCCEED (Heart/Desire)
• HUMBLY I SERVE (Servant Leadership)
• FORGED BY ADVERSITY (Overcoming Obstacles/Resilience)
• EARN YOUR TRIDENT EVERYDAY (Innovation, Progression)
• CONTROL EMOTIONS AND ACTIONS REGARDLESS OF CIRCUMSTANCES (Composure)
• THE ULTIMATE MOTIVATION DISCOVERED INSIDE A HAT (The Fuel of Motives)
Leadership | Communication | Safety
Utilizing U.S. Navy SEAL ethos, Chad lends his first hand knowledge and experience as one of America’s most elite to relate the vision and character of an effective Navy SEAL leader.
• Aim small, miss small. As a Navy SEAL looks through his scope down range, he first identifies and acquires his target in the crosshairs of his scope before he makes the irreversible commitment to pulling the trigger. Aiming small ensures that should he miss, it will be to such a small degree that he will still be on target. Similarly the effective leader in the civilian world cast their vision, identifying the target as they look down range into the future, aiming small (particular) ensuring that missing small will still hit the targeted vision.
• Common man with an uncommon desire to succeed. It is not enough for a common man to have the vision of becoming a Navy SEAL; it requires that the common man obtains an uncommon desire to succeed. Success is not a matter of DNA. It is not in the bones or muscles of man, but the mind. The effective civilian leader will succeed when his vision comes to fruition, not by uncommon natural born ability but by being a common man that embraces an uncommon desire to succeed. This principle is easily depicted in the lives of those that didn’t make it through my SEAL training and those that did.
• Beware of the pitfalls of pride. A trademark of those who serve in the SEAL Teams is humility. All too often with great position can come great pride. There is no place for prideful arrogance in the SEAL teams or the civilian leader. Prideful arrogance is a sure fire way to lose the loyalty of those who will respect your position but not you. Those lead by the prideful leader will not give their best efforts but just enough to keep their job or get the task at hand completed. Humble leaders a.k.a “Servant Leaders” put the needs of others ahead of themselves, they pour into and develop those around them, investing into their people, investing into their loyalty. When you have their loyalty they will give you their all. They will run into a hail of bullets if you asked them to. That is literally the type of loyalty my platoon had for our servant leader “Chief.” When the fellas were called to advance forward into an ambush that we were on the wrong end of, there was no hesitation as that command came from Chief.
• We demand discipline. Those who demand discipline must demonstrate that discipline themselves. It comes down to habits. Often times when one thinks about habits they think of bad habits but good habits can be developed in a similar fashion. The civilian leader must display discipline before he can honestly expect those around him to be disciplined themselves. I had the personal privilege of being led by such a SEAL leader: Scott Helvenston. He demonstrated discipline as: the youngest man to make it through SEAL training at 17 years old, world champion pentathlete, fastest SEAL on the training obstacle course and much more. Scott’s example inspired me to obtain the discipline he demanded of me; ultimately leading to my successful completion of the military’s most grueling SEAL training.
• Shoot, move and communicate. Putting it all together is what SEALs do best. The right vision, uncommon desire to succeed, humble and loyal warriors that demand and demonstrate discipline…those principles are the very foundation to good communication. Such a leader can communicate and expect those around him to listen and run with it- not because they have to but because the want to. It was our ability. That’s loyalty!
• Ability to control emotions and actions regardless of the circumstances. The absolute worst circumstances a soldier can get thrown into is a premeditated ambush. That is exactly where my platoon found itself on our last operation in Iraq. It started with Chief and trickled down to each combatant, a calm and cool collectedness that enabled each man to do what he does best –in our case, use deadly force– keeping us safe in the moment and getting us back to safety at the end of the night.
One of the final lines in our SEAL creed reads like this, “In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammates steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed.” Never forget that freedom isn’t free but paid for in the blood of warriors on the battlefield like U.S. Navy SEAL Mike Monsoor who smothered a grenade, absorbing the blast upon himself to save the lives of his teammates. “Greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for his friends.” My mentor Scott Helvenston sacrificed his life for the love of his country and desire to help the helpless.
That is the legacy of teammates like Scott, Mikey and may the legacy warriors like them steady your resolve and silently guide your every deed to accomplish goals that are only made possible by the blood sacrifice of those that are willing to lay it all down for us!
Chad Williams, former US Navy Seal and author of SEAL of God, shares his personal experiences of SEAL bravery. Chad communicates the power of sacrifice and leadership through the story of his experiences.
"My Nation expects me to be physically harder and mentally stronger than my enemies. If knocked down, I will get back up, every time. I will draw on every remaining ounce of strength to protect my teammates and to accomplish our mission. I am never out of the fight." –SEAL Creed
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A Navy SEAL fights for freedom, for life; but for the unborn? How emphatic can I say YES! Chad's story was riveting; you could have heard a pin drop
'Earn your Trident every day' is my personal favourite key of Chad's shares as it was stoked by innovation, and underscores the value of being your best in the now; yesterday was yesterday.
Chad's ability to use storytelling to motivate and encourage the audience is hard to find. He gives actionable ideas that any person can use in their day to day life. He took the time before the presentation to learn why we were having the meeting and how he could bring value to our company. Not a single eye moved from Chad during his hour presentation. He does a great job of keeping and demanding attention.
Chad Williams provided our group of 1,200 an energetic, motivating and inspiring speech that set the tone for our entire conference. Quite simply, he was real and his message resonated in a positive way for all attendees.
Chad did an awesome job! He engaged, inspired and gave our attendees a great start to our conference as our opening keynote speaker.
Chad was above and beyond expectations! I heard rave reviews all day and my only worry is I won't be able to top it next year. He even got a standing ovation, which I have never seen at our safety breakfast before.
Chad Knocked it out of the park! His energy was electric. Chad is a great lead-off man and set the tone for our conference. His emphasis on teamwork, work ethic, and endurance was just the message our team needed to hear! Chad is a true American hero.
Chad Williams was fantastic! Engaging, entertaining and genuine. The way he wove his personal story into the guiding principles of his life was very effective. I am so pleased that Chad joined us and we had a lot of good comments.
Chad Williams gave an amazing speech for our Annual Safety Celebration here in Brooklyn Park. The entire presentation was great and everyone really enjoyed him. He did an awesome job!
"The 2018 Western Conservative Summit was a huge success and it would not have been the same without Chad Williams there. His speech, following our Military Recognition, tied in perfectly to the theme of Fortifying Freedom and had a true impact on our audience."
Chad was great and our audience really enjoyed hearing him. His message was exactly what we needed for our event. Please extend our gratitude to Chad, he was the perfect way to end our Convention
Back at the office after Chad's speech, staff kept stopping by to tell me how much Chad's talk inspired them.
Drawing upon his experiences as a U.S. Navy Seal, Chad delivered an inspiring message of servant leadership, teamwork and communication which resonated exceptionally well with all in attendance. The feedback we have received since his presentation has been nothing short of phenomenal. In fact - many are saying it was the best guest speaker presentation we have ever provided them with the opportunity to hear.
We had Chad speak at an autoshow sales lunch for approximately 300 people last week. Over my years of having motivational speakers at these events, Chad is one of the best. I had several comments from individuals who attended and commented that this was by far the best they have been to in 25 years.His major speaking points were: 1. Aim small miss small 2. Common man with uncommon desire to succeed 3. Humbly we serve. Servant leadership 4. Forged by adversity 5. Earn your Trident every day 6
My organization is comprised of Fire Chiefs and leaders of the fire service. Never have I seen this group of people give someone two standing ovations before. Chad Williams was engaging, well spoken and dynamic. His story energized the crowd and left our attendees wanting more.
Chad exceeded our expectations in his presentation on "7 Leadership Take-a-ways from a Navy Seal." It was informative and VERY interesting. He is truly a great speaker. One of the best we have had! We want to have him back to talk about his "experiences" with his SEAL team. Our members lined up to get his book and in fact he ran out of books. I think he could have sold 100 more!
We could not have chosen a better speaker for our team building event than Chad. He captivated our 400-plus employees from the moment he stepped on the stage, delivering a powerful message of how every common person has the ability to strive for greatness by simply having an uncommon desire to succeed
Chad Williams did an outstanding job as our keynote speaker during our safety recognition day. He established an immediate connection with our maintenance personnel many of which are military veterans. Relating his real life experiences as a Navy Seal to the importance of training and leadership was spot on. I have received numerous positive comments from our group and I would highly recommend Chad to any organization looking for a speaker with an inspirational message.
The presentation was both informative and entertaining.The size of the attendance was noteworthy; it was larger than our typical attendance to hear our guest speaker.I received a lot of good feedback regarding your presentation and the fact you related to the owners and executives as well as their spouses and some older children is a compliment to you.
I expected it to be excellent, you exceeded that!
After you hear Chad you will understand that we can accomplish our mission by unflinching commitment to our chosen profession. After you meet Chad, you will better understand honor, loyalty, integrity, faith and character. He is the real deal.
Chad did a fantastic job with the kickoff meeting this year! He was a very interesting person and his story telling abilities were incredible. "Ducking boat," "Identity," "Not done until three people quit" and "The Human Condition" were all great nuggets.
Oh my goodness, yes! Our staff and student body loved him. I can't thank you enough for providing us the opportunity to hear Chad speak!