Monday, September 19, 2011

Do What You Say You Will Do (DWYSYWD) - Stolen from Steve Farber, Extreme Leader

Many believe that credibility is the foundation of leadership.  How does one establish credibility as a leader?  The first step is to behave in a credible way.  You absolutely must Do What You Say You Will Do (DWYSYWD).  There is just no way to get around that immutable statement.  You have to lead by example.  And if, you're going to follow Steve Farber's methods of Extreme Leadership, then you will have to lead by extreme example. As former Commander, Naval Security Group Command , RADM Winsor Whiton used to love to say - you have to have your skin in the game (pig versus chicken in the bacon and egg breakfast).  You're a powerful participant and not a 'contributor'.  You must be willing to put yourself and your reputation at risk. You have to prove yourself to your Sailors and crew through significant, observable, daily action. 

Do you tell your Sailors - 'People are our most important asset'?

Prove it and then, prove it again in every action that you take.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Captain Lambert,

Maybe I missed it previously, but I was 50 years old before I ever heard the CEO of a company or a politician issue an honest apology for mistakes made. That was Lee Iacocca some years back when he found some his dealerships were selling their top of the line Chryslers as new cars after they had been used by top ranked business people for parades or anything else they desired. Many people that are high up on that ladder (including many Navy Officers) evidently think that an apology is a sign of weakness.

Mr. Farber’s methods sound good but I dare say they are not practiced in business or politics to any great degree. The Navy could and should use these methods to their benefit.

Very Respectfully,