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. He still wears his Navy service on his sleeve. He needs to get over that. "ADVANCE WARNING - NO ORIGINAL THOUGHT!" A "self-appointed" lead EVANGELIST for the "cryptologic community". Keeping CRYPTOLOGY alive-one day and Sailor at a time. 2015 is 80th Anniversary of the Naval Security Group.
Wednesday, April 24, 2013
Communication is number ONE!
a leader, there is one single thing you can do that will make, or
break, command morale. The key is
And while that's true in "normal" times, it's become even more important when a command is in transition.
communication with Sailors is always integral to a command's success,
especially during periods of uncertainty, Lack of communication with Sailors is the number one cause of low morale.
the Navy is undergoing change during all the budget uncertainty, the best thing to do is communicate with
your Sailors even if you yourself aren't sure exactly what's about to
happen. It's foremost just to bring Sailors together. And continue to talk to them one
on one also. You've got to manage the scuttlebutt. You need to address these
things so that Sailors are not preoccupied with worrying about rumors
that may not be true.
More Valuable Than Money
It would seem that most Navy leaders already
know this answer. Navy leaders were asked, "In your opinion,
what is the best remedy for low morale?" Their responses:
Communication 48% Recognition programs 19% Monetary awards for exceptional performance 13% Unexpected rewards 11% Team-building events or meetings 5% Additional days off 3%
Bottom line: Tell your Sailors what happened, what is happening and what will be happening.