Wednesday, August 21, 2013
Lean out of the boat
I am an unabashed fan of the Information Dominance Corps leadership and here's why.
Much of the Navy's time is spent on Risk Management of all types (i.e., Liberty Risk, Operational Risk Management, Health Risk, Safety Risk, and the list goes on nearly without end.)
As Seth Godin has stated: "The purpose of the modern organization is to make it easy and natural and expected for people to take risks. To lean out of the boat. To be human."
In many Navy commands, the opposite is happening. Risk is avoided at all costs. Much time is spent avoiding that "one mistake" that takes you out of the promotion cycle. Godin calls this "institutionalized cowardice" Too many Sailors have the opportunity to say "that’s not my job.” Don't be one of them.
What we are seeing more and more of in the IDC is that senior leadership is providing a platform for bravery instead. It's been awhile since the messenger has been shot. Even VADM Card has taken the message to the CNO personally for the community. The IDC is embracing new ideas every day and the best chance you have of getting your idea adopted is to share it. Put it down on paper and send it up the chain - VFR direct, if you have that much courage. I check with N2N6 and FCC/C10F staff officers regularly and I can tell you - the messengers are all ALIVE and WELL and so are the thinkers and doers.
Go ahead, your leadership has made it natural and easy - BE BRAVE - share those ideas. Lean out of the boat.