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The One and The Nine: Building Teams & Organizations That Win

Plenary II
Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Jake Wood

For every 100 people in a typical organization or on your team, there are 10 people who shouldn’t even be there, 80 who at their best have a neutral impact, 9 who perform exceptionally, and one who is a true leader capable of taking command and creating a winning team or culture. This reality is forcing organizations to rethink what they know about leadership, change management and risk.  Those that can adapt will thrive, while those that refuse change will flounder and fail.

Jake gives organizations the framework for becoming a better leader and building more agile organizations. Using his own remarkable journey as an athlete, Marine Scout Sniper and co-founder of Team Rubicon, Jake shows how you can find and build the team needed to win life’s battles and become the “one” others look to.

Learning Objectives:

  • Discuss “the one and the nine” concept as it applies to teams and organizations
  • Describe a leadership framework for creating agility in organizations
  • Identify strategies to increase one’s leadership potential 

Jake Wood

Jake Wood is cofounder and CEO of Team Rubicon, the only nonprofit disaster response organization that utilizes the skills of military veterans to rapidly deploy emergency response teams. In repurposing the skills gained during service – like emergency medicine, risk assessment and mitigation, logistics, teamwork and decisive leadership - Team Rubicon provides veterans with a sense of purpose, community and identity created by joining a new mission. Since the organization’s founding in 2010 following the devastating Haiti earthquake, Team Rubicon has responded to over 100 disasters and grown from eight to 35,000 volunteer members.

Prior to Team Rubicon, Wood served four years in the United States Marine Corps where he graduated at the top of his class at Boot Camp, the School of Infantry, and the Marine Scout Sniper School. During his service he deployed to both Iraq and Afghanistan, and earned numerous commendations, including the Navy-Marine Corps Commendation Medal with Valor distinguishing device.  Wood left the Marine Corps a Sergeant.

A leading veterans’ advocate, Wood has briefed President Obama on veterans’ issues, met with former Presidents George W. Bush and Bill Clinton to talk about Team Rubicon’s role in 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, Huffington Post and Fox News and penned an op-ed for The New York Times. An expert on veteran reintegration, disaster response and social entrepreneurship, Wood’s book, Take Command: Lessons in Leadership was published in 2014.