Thanks for your continuing engagement on the vital issue of leadership -- at the end of the day, what can be more important to our Navy and our nation?"
Admiral James Stavridis
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.
"I'm still learning every day. I still try to do my best and refuse to worry about things over which I have no control."- Fleet Admiral Chester Nimitz
"Humility is a way of acknowledging that none of us stand at the center of the universe. No matter what role we occupy, or how much we know, we don’t have a lock on the answers. A position of authority over others scarcely guarantees that you have real authority.
When leaders openly accept the whole of who they are – for better and for worse – they no longer have to defend their value so vigilantly."Are you being too defensive?
Small Idea = Small Problem
Big Idea = Big Problem
No Idea = No Problem
Organizational health is about making a command function effectively by building a cohesive leadership team, establishing real clarity among those Navy leaders, communicating that clarity to all the Sailors, Chiefs, civilians and contractors within the command and putting in place just enough structure to reinforce that clarity going forward.
The advantage of organizational health is undeniable and massive. Commands get more done in less time. They avoid losing their best Sailors, Chiefs, civilians and contractors. They identify problems earlier and solve them faster. They fill the gap for low performing commands which waste time, money and energy fighting among themselves, which ultimately drives away good Sailors, Chiefs, civilians and contractors.
|CAPTAIN JOSEPH ROCHEFORT|
Start being a leader as soon as you put on your civilian clothes. If you see intolerance and hate, speak out against them. Make your individual voices heard, not for selfish things, but for honor and decency among men, for the rights of all people.
Remember too, that No American can afford to be disinterested in any part of his government, whether it is county, city, state or nation.
Choose your leaders wisely- that is the way to keep ours the country for which you fought. Make sure that those leaders are determined to maintain peace throughout the world. You know what war is. You know that we must not have another. As individuals you can prevent it if you give to the task which lies ahead the same spirit which you displayed in uniform.
... I know the people of America are counting on you.
General J M WAINWRIGHT
|The guest book for the change of charge ceremony at which LT Chuck Kasinger assumed charge of NSGD Barber's Point from me on 14 April 1989.|
“The responsibility of officers in command for their units, their sailors and their mission is absolute; the standards for their operational performance are very high. This relief was not due to personal misconduct.”
"In summary, we suggest that the current working environment, with its emphasis on connectivity and knowledge, demands that we move away from a reliance on the ‘great man’ model of leadership and towards new models that see leadership as a shared activity based on generating shared organisational knowledge and learning. If organisations only develop a small cadre of senior leaders they may find it difficult to generate the necessary knowledge, energy and momentum as employees continue to look upwards for answers and authority.Developing the sort of leadership which encourages a shared sense of purpose and personal responsibility has to start by acknowledging that no one person can hold all of the answers and with a belief that we can only find them by working together. How to build a spirit of inquiry in which all voices are heard then becomes a key leadership task."