Saturday, April 24, 2010

A Master of Naval Leadership - 10,000 hours of serious application and practice


“What’s really interesting about this 10,000-hour rule is that it applies virtually everywhere,” Malcolm Gladwell told a conference held by The New Yorker magazine.

How this applies to the Navy...

Researchers suggested that once you have enough ability to get into the Navy's senior officer corps (Captain and above), the thing that distinguishes one senior leader from another is how hard he works. That’s it.

What’s more, the leaders at the very top don’t just work much harder than everyone else. They work much, much harder.”

I loosely translate his words into: “You can’t become an Information Warfare Captain unless you spend 10,000 hours on leadership and professional practice." I think Gladwell is on to something.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

A thought:

We refer to the legal or medical professions to be practices – to perform or work at repeatedly so as to become proficient. Practice applies to many other occupations / careers and, in particular, the military service.

Some believe that an officer’s selection to O-4 is Navy leadership’s way of saying they see something in this person. The El-Tee has demonstrated his/her performance and there is potential, and maybe an expectation, that the individual will rise to Captain.

For ease of math, let’s say there are eight years from the day the person is promoted to O-4 until he/she begins getting looks by the O-6 board. In that time, the person works 48 weeks per year, allowing for 30 days annual leave. The person works 10 hours a day, Monday-Friday. This is a total of 2,400 hours per year and 19,200 hours in the eight-year period – probably a conservative estimate.

Those officers, and enlisted, who want to improve themselves, as well as their surroundings (people, processes, production), have the opportunity work at it and learn from it “by doing” nearly every day, and not only when on duty / in the spaces.

So, 10,000 hours of leadership and professional practice should be very achievable “…to become an Information Warfare Captain..” or any other senior leader. The opportunities are there to be taken.

1610 said...

9,999 more hours of practice Captain and you will have it down pat. Keep trying.

Anonymous said...

So based on recent entries, 2,500 hours of luck/good fortune are required to be an IW Captain?

General Quarters said...

Good luck is measured in nanoseconds, mate. Lucky is better than good, any day.

Anonymous said...

Well with this calculation I have over 38K hours at my 20 year point...guess I should be CNO?

Captain - Special Duty Cryptology said...

I'd say it depends on the quality of your practice.

Anonymous said...

MCPO in less than 20 must have done something right.

Anchor_Watch said...

What does "working harder, much, much harder" look like? Is it just logging more hours? Does quantity really have a quality all its own?