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.
Monday, October 4, 2010
Command is the loneliest island –
A tor never scaled without pain;
The power implicit in leading
Sits hard on the weak and the vain.
Each hour in command is a lifetime.
From “welcome aboard” to depart,
The captain may never stand easy,
For the job owns two-thirds of the heart.
If married, the Skipper has a Second,
Whose demands make a spouse take a breath –
Where the uxor expects love and fealty,
Your word leads the Crew unto death.
A judge without robes, you discover
A sword of decision and dread,
Lies heavy to hand, but – a moment!
If you err, it is meant for your head!
Your sway will extend far and near,
The Crew seeks the “Skipper’s” direction,
Be careful you say what it hears!
Captain Steve Myers
Keep an eye out for the Captain's new book "Ice Road to Hell: War At Sea on the Murmansk Run" which has been submitted for publication. Hopefully, it will hit the street within several months.