Friday, January 4, 2013
Measuring success in command
I have long been a strong proponent and advocate for command excellence in our Navy Information Operations Commands and Detachments. Strong enough to invest money in the effort. For the last 6 years or so, I have sent "Charting the Course to Command Excellence" to every new commanding officer in the claimancy. In more recent years, that package has included some relevant material on preparing for command and its significant responsibilities. The softcopy of "Charting the Course to Command Excellence" is included in the 'deskload' of all the students attending PCO/PXO/CMC leadership in Newport, Rhode Island. So, the efforts of my former Executive Officer, LCDR Robert A. Duncan have found their way into every command in the Navy. That's no small feat. He helped turn a sloppily produced booklet into a professionally produced product used by thousands (the Navy says they have over 1000 commands).
I'm always soliciting the COs for feedback on whether this material helped at all during their command tours. As you may imagine, there's not much feedback forthcoming.
I'd like your thoughts in the "comments" on what you believe constitutes a "successful command" or "success in command".
Will you help me out? PLEASE?
How does one measure such a subjective thing? Is "not getting fired" success? Virtually every O5 CO is awarded a Meritorious Service Medal and nearly every O6 is awarded a Legion of Merit. Does anyone look at metrics for period of one CO's tenure versus another's? Or is every command tour the same? How do we distinguish between success and significance in command? How can we better gauge 'success in command'?
Leave me a comment.