|Admiral Mike Mullen, chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff recognizes the Joint Staff Action Officers of the Month at the Pentagon, Washington, D.C., on March 10, 2010. (DoD photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Chad J. McNeeley/Released)|
Harvard Business Review offers Navy leaders these three tips on ways to help their Action Officers focus on what matters:
- Show up on time. One of the biggest detractors from work is wasted time. This might be the time your Action Officers spend waiting for you to show up to meetings or to give needed direction. Being important doesn't give you permission to impede productivity.
- Stop the intrusions. Set aside time when your Action Officers can think and work, and not be expected to respond right away to phone calls, voicemail and e-mail.
- Let them have good fights. Don't avoid conflict. Make your Action Officers feel safe enough to speak their minds, even to you, so they have productive and creative disagreements.