The OODA Loop


Dave and Jocko dive deep into the OODA Loop, a decision-making tool that originated in aerial combat to help pilots win, even when at a disadvantage. The four steps of the OODA Loop process were designed to help pilots make decisions more quickly, giving them an advantage over the competition. In this course, you will learn about the OODA Loop process and how to apply it to business.

As with other Extreme Ownership foundation courses, Jocko and Dave provide role-play demonstrations and application exercises with examples of what to do and what NOT to do to LEAD and WIN. Leaders earn a certificate of completion when passing the Learning Check at the end of the course.

You are constantly making decisions, whether you realize it or not. The OODA Loop is a system to follow to make better decisions faster and lead your team to victory.



SKU: EOA-402 Category:


Course Description:

The OODA Loop is an analytical decision-making tool. It’s an acronym that stands for Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. This four-step process was developed by Colonel John Boyd, a fighter pilot in the 1950s. Colonel Boyd recognized that if he was going to outperform the enemy who had better fighter jets, he had to improve his decision-making process. And he called that process the OODA Loop.

This course explains that this process isn’t just four steps, and it’s not sequential. It’s a loop, and as you’re moving from step to step, you’re feeding information back to the beginning in a constant cycle. While this loop is occurring, you’re constantly gathering information, making decisions, taking actions, evaluating and adjusting those actions, with the end goal of constantly improving your advantage over your competition and getting better yourself over time. The OODA Loop is a tool for taking ownership of your environment. As a leader, you need to make decisions, and you need to take action.

OODA Loop Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the origin and meaning of the OODA loop
  • Explain the application of the OODA loop
  • Connect the OODA loop to decision-making in business

Echelon Front is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.

All courses on the Extreme Ownership Academy are SHRM approved! If you are in need of continuing education credits for your SHRM recertification, the Extreme Ownership Academy courses can provide you with 30+ hours of Professional Development Credits (PDCs). All of our courses cover a broad range of competencies recognized through SHRM’s Body of Applied Skills & Knowledge (BASK) system.



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