Books by Jon S. Rennie

All in the Same Boat: Lead Your Organization Like a Nuclear Submariner

Now Available!

A deployed nuclear submarine operates alone—hundreds of miles from any support and hundreds of feet below the surface. 

An emotionless and indifferent enemy constantly surrounds the crew. Thousands of pounds of sea pressure sit right over their heads, waiting to crush them like a tin can and send them to the bottom of the ocean. Even the most junior sailor’s mistake can result in the submarine’s loss and everyone on it.

To accomplish their mission and return safely home to their families, a submarine crew relies entirely on the actions of their fellow sailors. There is both shared responsibility and vulnerability. Regardless of rank or experience, every sailor is vitally important.

When Jon Rennie reported to the USS Tennessee as a young junior officer, he had no idea what to expect. He didn’t realize he was heading out on a four-year adventure that would change his life and establish leadership principles that he would rely on for decades.

On a submarine crew, officers and sailors work together in cramped spaces and challenging conditions to accomplish complex missions with no room for failure. As Rennie moved into leadership positions in the civilian world, he found that the basic underlying principles for success at sea also led to high-performing teams on land.

Leaders succeed when they create a unified team with a singular mission—when every employee performs like they are all in the same boat.

I Have the Watch: Becoming a Leader Worth Following

An Amazon Bestseller!

When you’re a leader, you have the watch.

Through seven deployments commanding sailors in the complex and dangerous world of nuclear submarine warfare, Jon Rennie experienced a deep form of leadership. On a sub, there is no escape. No “after work.” No home to commute to. You live and lead side-by-side with the crew, every day.

What Rennie didn’t realize was how much his time underwater prepared him to lead global industrial businesses and startups across multiple industries.

Becoming a leader worth following begins—and ends—with people.

“This book cuts to the heart of the matter of leadership: it’s all about people.” Says Joshua D. Cotton, PhD, Founder and CEO, VetStoreUSA

You Have the Watch: A Guided Journal to Become a Leader Worth Following

Now Available for Pre-Order 

Congratulations on your promotion! Now what?

Whether you’re a new leader or a seasoned manager entering a new role, every eye will be on you. Everyone is looking to see if you are going to be the kind of boss that makes a difference or one who’s just in it for themselves. 

You Have the Watch is a companion to I Have the Watch. It’s a guided journal that provides a full year of daily, actionable steps for you to become the kind of leader everyone wants to work for.

Leadership is a people business and this book guides your journey to become a leader worth following.

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