Friday, May 25, 2012

In an ideal world - three rules for your career

1) Don't try sell your Sailors on something you don't believe yourself
2) Don't work for anyone you don't respect and admire; and 
3) Make yourself an enjoyable person to work with.
 And, of course, Albert Einstein weighs in with:
Out of clutter find simplicity; From discord find harmony; In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity.


Navy Grade 36 Bureaucrat said...

So how do you follow rule 2 in the military, considering you can't often choose your boss?

You can always be the best boss around for your people, but if your boss is terrible, there isn't a whole lot you can do unless they violate the law.

Anonymous said...

1. Pass along orders received, and make them your own.
2. Obey the orders of those appointed over you, whether you like them or not.
3. Getting the job done means not always being Mr. Popularity.

And, of course:
4. If you really like Dr. Phil that much, go swear an oath to him. After your current obligation expires.

Mike Lambert said...

1. Learn enough to make yourself a believer.
2. Learn enough about your boss to respect and admire him. If you have a difference of opinion with your boss - he has the opinion and you own the difference.
3. Don't be an ass.

Mark Hofer said...

There is a certain amount we can do to help ourselves realize our situation is closer to the ideal than we think. However, we also have those times when our CO makes the Navy Times. Too often we think ourselves in a situation closer to the latter when it is actually closer to the former.

Anonymous said...

I worked for Holly Graf for 18 months. #2 was not possible.