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.
Saturday, January 22, 2011
A note on Admiral Ernest J. King
Admiral King was a harsh taskmaster; he did not suffer laziness or shoddy performance gladly. He could be publicly abusive of subordinates to an extent the code of military command behavior does not countenance; praise he dispensed rarely and in private. One of his daughters said of King, "He is the most even tempered man in the Navy. He is always in a rage." Sometimes he seemed to go out of his way to find fault. On the bridge of a ship, a junior officer said, "he was meaner than hell." But those who measured up to his exacting standards knew a different King. He could be impulsively considerate and generous; he looked after his own people; officers he relieved would be given obscure but honorable billets; his flag lieutenants were able to humor him and be relaxed about it. "I suppose that his reputation was that he was difficult," said an officer who worked closely with him. "I never thought so." And another: "I never had a harsh word from Admiral King. I never met a finer gentleman."
From COMMANDER IN CHIEF - Franklin Delano Roosevelt, his lieutenants and their war