Musings, leadership tidbits and quotes posted by a retired Navy Captain (really just a high performing 2nd Class Petty Officer) who hung up his uniform a bit too early (even at 30 years). The uniform is in the closet but, he still wears his Navy service on his sleeve. He needs to get over that. But, he just doesn't try hard enough. "ADVANCE WARNING - NO ORIGINAL THOUGHT!" A "self-appointed" lead EVANGELIST for the "cryptologic community". Keeping CRYPTOLOGY alive-one day and Sailor at a time.
My conversation with CDR Heritage, the fearless one.
I am a huge fan of TED talks and try to watch one each day for inspiration. This "TED-like" talk is a real good one from one of our Shipmates - Commander Sean Heritage. I've wanted to do one of these TED Talks myself and read the book about How to Deliver A TED Talk. Doing so requires one to be fearless and fortunately Sean Heritage is exactly that. Below is his introduction to the talk. It's only 19 minutes long and is well worth your time.
It was late December of 2012 and I had just finished my list of goals for 2013, or so I thought. The week prior to finalizing my list, a mentor had lent me the book How to Deliver A TED Talk. He had known how much I enjoy watching TED Talks and that I had a desire to deliver one of my own someday. During the drive to the Maryland Shore to celebrate New Year’s Eve with friends, I decided to take advantage of being a passenger and read the book. It didn’t take me long to decide that my list for 2013 was no longer complete. I needed to add “Deliver a TED-like Talk” to the list. Given how selective TED is, I knew better than to commit to a true TED Talk, so I went with a “TED-like Talk” (goals ought to be both meaningful AND achievable, right?). Earlier in the year, I had lobbied my leadership to allow me and a couple others to create a TEDx Forum for the Navy’s Cryptologic Community (of which I am a proud member), but due to budget constraints I was understandably unable to get my seniors to “Yes”. Undaunted, I knew I would be able to find an opportunity to get outside of my comfort zone and deliver a TED-like talk to a willing audience. Sure enough, in February one of my proteges (who like so many others double as mentor) identified an opportunity and brought it to my attention. The National Security Agency (NSA) was hosting a TED-like Forum by the name of “Kinetics”. Committed to walk the walk, there was no way I was going to let this opportunity pass me by. I pitched the Kinetics Team on my concept and they accepted immediately.
One of the skippers I tried to mentor some years ago had the attitude that good is "good enough". No amount of talking, writing, cajoling, or even begging (by me and others) convinced him to change his mind. I can't bring myself to think that he was right in his thinking. "Good enough" did get him promoted and it did get him a pretty nice medal from the Navy. "Good enough" got him those things. "Good enough" may be fine for the individual but the command deserves excellence for the Sailors.
What "good enough" didn't get:
promotions for the Sailors.
a command reputation for excellence or anything beyond mediocrity.
respect from Sailors, peers or seniors.
a command prepared for IG inspection.
recognition for the command's mission accomplishment.
Sailors' pride in their command.
The list goes on but then it becomes too specific. I remain convinced that good is not "good enough."
Ever wonder how to do something in the Navy? You don't usually have to wonder or guess. If there is a way the Navy wants it done, you'll find guidance in a notice, instruction, manual or other directive. The Navy way works nearly every time. If you think your way is better, help rewrite the notice, instruction, manual or directive.
CTICM (Cryptologic Technician Interpretive Master Chief) Beverly C. Berryman, United States Navy, Retired, 68, of San Antonio, TX, died Tuesday, March 4, 2014, at Christus Santa Rosa Hospital Westover Hills in San Antonio, TX, after an unsuccessful fight against bone cancer. Funeral services will be held Wednesday, March 12th, at 1:00 PM at Martin Funeral Home in Waukon, IA, with Mike Ward officiating. Burial with military honors will be at Mt. Olivet Cemetery, Waukon, where he will be interred with our dog Coco (whose ashes he has kept for 15 years so she could be buried with him). Friends may call from 11:00 AM until the time of service Wednesday at the funeral home. Lunch will follow at Farmers and Merchants Savings Bank in Waukon. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to the Wounded Warrior Project at www.woundedwarriorproject.org or the Gary Sinise Foundation at www.garysinisefoundation.org
Beverly Cooke Berryman was born February 4, 1946, in Front Royal, VA, the son of Lyle Cooke and Helen (Ramey) Berryman. He joined the United States Navy in 1966, and served with distinction for the next 28 years. Upon his retirement from the Navy, he attended Angelo State University in San Angelo, TX, and received a bachelor's degree in both history and Spanish. He married the love of his life Maureen Elizabeth Goltz, of Waukon IA, on June 29, 1968. They spent their marriage traveling the world as Bev was transferred from one duty station to another until they finally settled in San Antonio.
He enjoyed watching cowboy movies, reading, Wednesday lunches with his son John, and taking Mom shopping. He loved his country, he loved his wife, he loved his family, and he loved his Navy friends. Dad loved to laugh, and anyone who knew him knows that he took that to an all-time extreme when he almost choked to death laughing while watching the "Full Moon" episode of Designing Women.
He is survived by his loving wife Maureen Elizabeth Berryman; sons: Colin Thomas (Lara Nicole) Berryman and John Devon (Stephanie Nino) Berryman; grandchildren: Connor Michael and Samantha May Berryman; his sister Shirley Ann (Bill) Harper; his wonderful mother-in-law Sis Goltz; and brothers and sisters-in-law: Mike Goltz, Toni (Gary) Kolsrud, Tom Goltz, Frank (Patti) Goltz, Clark (Shelly) Goltz, Laurie Goltz; and many nieces and nephews.
Casketbearers will be his sons: Colin and John Berryman, brothers-in-law: Michael, Frank, Clark, and Tom Goltz, Gary Kolsrud, and Bill Harper, and his shipmate Rick Coffin. Honorary casketbearers will be Tom Botulinski, Don Alvord, and Brent Webb.
“Leadership consists of picking good men and helping
them do their best for you. The attributes of loyalty, discipline and
devotion to duty on the part of subordinates must be matched by
patience, tolerance and understanding on the part of superiors.”
"Can you be courteous in the face of an insult? Will you be
harsh when your own treatment’s, unkind? Can you be compassionate when
cruelty finds you? And will you be upright, when you or those you love
are victimized? That is when you have to reach deep and take full
measure of the content of your character. That is when you have to rely
on your honor, your courage, your commitment, – core values that guide
us in the Navy – and resolutely, persistently do the right thing.
Our former Naval Security Group Activity Yokosuka, Japan, Shipmate Jonathan Routszong continues his climb up the Navy career ladder. I think CTMCS Terry Craft got him off to a great start with our Professional and Personal Excellence (PROPEL) program when Jonathan was just a Seaman. Reverend Royce Colley came from the program, as did CTNCS Brian Waggoner and CTTC Christin Rees and Antonio Dixon - among many others.
Chief Routszong was just selected for Chief Warrant Officer as an Information Warfare Technician. The Chiefs' Mess loses an AWESOME Chief Petty Officer but the wardroom just picked up a great new Chief Warrant Officer. Congratulations Chief ! We are all very proud of you.
"... the process of decision making ... must be open, must have interchange. You must be able to subordinate your own personal ego to the issues that are under consideration. ... The characteristics that Nimitz brought to the decision making process ... If all leaders in uniform and civilian clothes, can keep in mind Chester Nimitz as a model for decision making process, I think we would all be better off."
things go wrong at your command, start searching for the reason(s) in
increasingly larger concentric circles around your own desk. Being in the middle of that circle, you'll find that most problems begin and end with the command tone established by the guy/gal with who wears this pin on his/her chest - the Skipper.
Captain Laurance Safford is often referred to as the “father of U.S.
naval cryptology”. His contributions during WW II were numerous and
Much of what we know about Captain Safford's contributions to naval cryptology come from his own writing.
number of his personal letters provide insight into events surrounding
the congressional investigation into the attack on Pearl Harbor. One
letter refers specifically to the “Winds Message” reportedly intercepted
by the U.S. days before the 7 December surprise attack. This infamous
message reportedly gave clear indications of the planned Japanese
the actual intercept mysteriously disappeared shortly after the
surprise attack and the "Winds Message's" very existence is only
supported by the testimony of Safford and perhaps one or two others who
reportedly also were aware of the intercept.
His personal papers also included a four page letter to
Vice Admiral C.E. Rosendahl responding to two pages of questions from
Rosendahl about the number, distribution, disposition and construction
of PURPLE machines prior to the attack on Pearl Harbor. Other documents
included a petition to the Congress and supporting testimony to award
Capt. Safford remuneration for his many secret cryptologic inventions,
some of which were cited as among the most important and secure
communication systems used by the U.S. during WW II.
As Admiral Stavridis is so fond of saying: "Think, read, write and publish." If you don't tell your story - who will know it?
I am a big proponent of writing in a journal to capture ideas and thoughts. There is certainly great value in writing for yourself. I continue to find that my brain is greatly stimulated by writing to be read. The greatest benefit of writing is what it does to expand your brain’s capacity. Find ways to write to be read – by writing things for your friends to read, by capturing the stories of your childhood, starting your own blog or whatever – just write to be read.
21 other ways to overclock your brain from The RIRIAN Project HERE.
When life does not go our way or we inadvertently make a mistake, it is so easy to make excuses, place blame on others, or argue that circumstances were against us. But we only progress in life to the extent that we take responsibility for our actions and attitudes, and put forth the initiative necessary to create our own circumstances.