Thursday, April 25, 2013
XO Blast - Answer your mail !!
I've been a strong advocate for the Command Excellence program for quite some time. I've sent out several thousands of dollars worth of printed and bound materials to our community's Commanding Officers/Executive Officers and Officers in Charge over the past decade. It's money well spent. I attended the first Command Excellence Seminar in the mid-1980s. It made quite an impression!
The principles are timeless and well-founded. The materials the Navy used back in the mid-1980s were poorly prepared and xeroxed. My XO (LT Bob Duncan) and I recreated & updated the materials in their entirety and provided them to the Command Leadership Course in Rhode Island in 1997. These materials are still in use there today. These materials are part of the student desk loads for all Perspective Commanding Officers and Executive Officers. Even the MCPON has adopted the principles in his ZEROING IN ON EXCELLENCE program. There is lots of value in this.
My note above is an expression of frustration with one of our Navy Information Operations Command Executive Officers who has not learned how to "answer the mail". My own U.S. NSGA Misawa Executive Officer in days past (some may remember "MAD DOG MURPHY" who redefined what being an XO was all about) taught me that "If a Naval officer can't be bothered to answer the mail, you have to wonder what he can be bothered 'to do'. Probably, not too much.
My plea - "Answer your mail".