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Never Enough

By Mike Hayes
Author: Mike Hayes
ISBN: 9781250753373
ON SALE: 02/09/2021

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In Never Enough, Mike Hayes—former Commander of SEAL Team TWO—helps readers apply high-stakes lessons about excellence, agility, and meaning across their personal and professional lives.

Mike Hayes has lived a lifetime of once-in-a-lifetime experiences. He has been held at gunpoint and threatened with execution. He’s jumped out of a building rigged to explode, helped amputate a teammate’s leg, and made countless split-second life-and-death decisions. He’s written countless emails to his family, telling them how much he loves them, just in case those were the last words of his they’d ever read. Outside of the SEALs, he’s run meetings in the White House Situation Room, negotiated international arms treaties, and developed high-impact corporate strategies.

Over his many years of leadership, he has always strived to be better, to contribute more, and to put others first. That’s what makes him an effective leader, and it’s the quality that he’s identified in all of the great leaders he’s encountered. That continual striving to lift those around him has filled Mike’s life with meaning and purpose, has made him secure in the knowledge that he brings his best to everything he does, and has made him someone others can rely on.

In Never Enough, Mike Hayes recounts dramatic stories and offers battle-and boardroom-tested advice that will motivate readers to do work of value, live lives of purpose, and stretch themselves to reach their highest potential.

Mike Hayes
Mike Hayes is the former Commanding Officer of SEAL Team TWO, leading a two thousand–person Special Operations Task Force in Southeastern Afghanistan. In addition to a twenty-year career as a SEAL, Mike was a White House Fellow, served two years as Director of Defense Policy and Strategy at the National Security Council, and has worked directly with both Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. Beyond his military and governmental service, Mike served in Chief of Staff and COO roles at Bridgewater Associates, the world’s largest and most successful hedge fund. He’s currently the SVP and Head of Strategic Operations at Cognizant Technology. He holds an M.A. in Public Policy from Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government and received his B.A. from Holy Cross College. His military decorations include the Bronze Star for valor in combat in Iraq, a Bronze Star for Afghanistan, and the Defense Superior Service Medal from the White House. Hayes is a lifetime member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the board of directors of Immuta, a data governance company, and of the National Medal of Honor Museum, and a senior advisor to Inherent Group, an impact investment firm. He lives in Westport, Connecticut, with his wife and daughter.

Praise for Mike Hayes

“In business, it’s critical to think strategically, move quickly, and be ready to pivot at any moment — in other words, you have to think like a SEAL.  In Never Enough, Mike Hayes applies the lessons he’s learned as a SEAL to the business world.  It’s essential reading for anyone looking to reach the next level.”

Steve Case
Former CEO and Chairman of AOL

“Being an entrepreneur takes guts, grit, and the willingness to take a risk — but it’s nothing like the risks Mike Hayes has taken during his extraordinary life.  Whether you’re building a business or building a life, Never Enough is an incredible manual for getting the best out of yourself, your team, and your community. Just like Mike is a one-of-a-kind achiever, his book is a one-of-a-kind must-read.” 

Neil Blumenthal
CEO of Warby Parker

Never Enough is the ultimate playbook for leading a winning team, whether in a boardroom or on the field. Mike Hayes’s leadership style was forged on the frontlines as a Navy SEAL, but the lessons that he’s distilled in his book could be applied to every person —  players, coaches, and beyond — I work with on a daily basis.”

Kirk Ferentz
Head Football Coach, University of Iowa

“I was inspired by Never Enough and Mike Hayes’s determination to constantly push himself to achieve excellence. It’s an important lesson brought to life by his unique combination of experiences as a decorated Navy SEAL Commander, a senior White House official, and successful business executive. Mike writes with humility, candor, and a sharp sense of humor; this is a must read for anyone hoping to learn how to lead through adversity and bring out the best in themselves and their teams.”

David McCormick
CEO of Bridgewater Associates

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