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The Program

Lessons from Elite Military Units for Creating and Sustaining High Performance Leaders and Teams

By Eric Kapitulik & Jake MacDonald

Discover the military’s keys to excellent leadership and team building training

The Program: Lessons From Elite Military Units for Creating and Sustaining High Performing Leaders and Teams offers a hands-on guide to the winning techniques and tactics of The Program, the acclaimed team building and leadership development company. Drawing on the actual experiences of The Program’s instructors from their personal combat stories to working with world-class athletic teams and successful corporations, the book clearly shows how The Program’s training operations can help to achieve life goals and ambitions.

The Program offers a road map that contains illustrative examples, ideas, and approaches for improving teammates and leaders at all levels within an organization of any size or type.

  • Bring your organization to the next level of success
  • Discover how to hold your leaders and teammates to the highest standards
  • Understand how accountability increases effectiveness
  • Learn to communicate effectively

This important book explores the military’s leadership and team building concepts that can be implemented to ensure an organization creates and sustains performance that adheres to the highest standards of excellence.

Eric Kapitulik addressing a leadership conference
Jake MacDonald instructing a college athletic team

The Authors

Eric Kapitulik

Eric Kapitulik was born and raised in Thompson, CT. He attended the United States Naval Academy, where he was a 4-year Varsity Letter winner and played on three NCAA Lacrosse Tournament teams. He graduated in 1995 and went on to serve as both a Marine Infantry Officer and a Special Operations Officer with 1st Force Reconnaissance Company, 1st Marine Division. Eric left active duty after eight years of service and graduated from the University of Chicago Graduate School of Business in 2005. He is an ultra-endurance athlete and an avid high-altitude mountaineer who has summitted Mt. Everest.

Eric is now the Founder and CEO of The Program, a leadership development and team building company that works with major corporations and numerous collegiate and professional athletic organizations around the United States.

Jake MacDonald

Jake MacDonald graduated in 2000 with a degree in English from Tufts University, where he was a four-year starter and Captain of the Varsity Football team. After graduating, Jake was commissioned as an Officer in the United States Marine Corps. While on active duty, Jake completed two combat tours to Iraq as a Light Reconnaissance Platoon Commander. He continues to serve his country as a Major in the Marine Corps Reserve and recently deployed to Afghanistan as a Scout Sniper Platoon Commander. Jake has received multiple awards for combat valor as well as a Purple Heart after being wounded in action.

Jake is now a Lead Instructor with The Program, where he has been a proud teammate for eight years.