Thursday, March 31, 2016

Distributed Network Assurance

How do you defend your network?  Navy Cyber Defense Operations Command is exploring new ways to defend Navy networks every day. NCDOC is quickly becoming a center of innovation.

They've come out from behind the green door.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Monday, March 28, 2016

Seth Godin's NEVERs - My ALWAYS

Seth Godin - Delivering on never

I will never miss a deadline
I will never leave a typo
I will never fail to warn you about a possible pitfall
I will never charge you more than the competition
I will never violate a confidence
I will never let you down
I will never be late for a meeting
There are lots of sorts of never you can deliver to a customer. You can't deliver all of them, of course. Picking your never and sticking with it is a fabulous way to position yourself.

Mike Lambert - Delivering on always

I will always answer the mail.
I will always give my best advice.
I will always deliver on a promise.
I will always give you a second chance.
I will always have your back.  (You know who you are).
I will always remember every Sailor.
I will always try to make it better.
I will always have something to add to this list.

What's your always?


Sunday, March 27, 2016


What constitutes exceptionally meritorious service?

In today's world, not too much.  Every CO who makes to the end of his/her tour seems to have performed exceptionally meritorious service.  Don't you believe it.

Saturday, March 26, 2016

Cyber 'Warrior'

In a recent discussion with a cyber 'expert', she said she has grown increasingly FATIGUED with the language being used in cybersphere.  She said we should stop using these words in conjunction with cyber - either as prefix of suffix.
  • attack
  • warrior

Friday, March 25, 2016

Top 50 Thinker - Liz Wiseman

When it was launched in 2001, the T50 was the first-ever global ranking of management thinkers. It has been published every two years since. In the intervening decade, the scope of the T50 has broadened to include a range of activities that support its mission of identifying and sharing the best management thinking in the world. That mission is based on three core beliefs: Ideas have the power to change the world Management is essential to human affairs New thinking can create a better future. A friend and mentor, Liz Wiseman, aligns well with T50's core beliefs. She has shared those ideas with many middle and senior management level leaders in the Navy over the past several years. She's taken her " Multipliers: How the Best Leaders Make Everyone Smarter" seminar to the U.S. Navy Academy and the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. I've distributed her book to dozens of senior leaders in the Information Warfare Community (some have even read the book). I know some of the readers here will agree with me that she belongs among the TOP 50 Thinkers in Management/Leadership today. Many of you voted for her and she has become one of the top ten thought leaders in leadership thinking. Thank you for your consideration.

Thursday, March 24, 2016

I wrote a note and it turned into the opening chapter of a Wall Street Journal best selling book on leadership

Some years ago I wrote a personal note to Liz Wiseman, author of MULTIPLIERS.  That note resulted in a job for her at the Naval Postgraduate School teaching the senior leadership seminar about the principles of her theory about Multipliers and Diminishers. The note also resulted in the opportunity for me to rewrite the opening chapter of her best selling book for use in the Middle East.

I also convinced her she belonged on the list of THINKERS50 - the list of leadership thought leaders.  We got her on the list.

A simple personal note did that.  POWERFUL and long lasting.

Think of what your writing might accomplish.  Whom might you help?  Who might help you?

Tuesday, March 22, 2016

In honor of women's history month, the very gifted Grace Hopper - Jan Tighe

One has gone into the history books for her incredible achievements and significance.

One is writing her story for the history books now.

Incredibly talented women are nothing new to our great Navy.  They have carried their share of the burdens, and more.

Saturday, March 19, 2016

From the interwebs...flattering criticism

Lambert, Mike [CAPT/USN]. "The Navy's Cryptologic Community -- A Transformational Phoenix?" U.S. Naval Institute Proceedings 132, no. 10 (Oct. 2005): 74-75. Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 22, no. 1 (Jan. 2006): 32-33.
"Rising from the ashes of decline, the Naval Security Group (the Navy's cryptologic community) is seeing the benefits of its transformation from a legacy signals intelligence (SIGINT) collection, analysis, and reporting organization to a truly multi-faceted 'information operations' organization."
Admiral Jake Jacoby, "From the Chairman," Naval Intelligence Professionals Quarterly 22.3 (Jun. 2006): 3, takes issue with some of Lambert's commentary. Jacoby argues that "[t]he need [for change] can be stated in more positive terms.... The case might be better made by talking about relevance and integration of Navy's SIGINT and Information Warfare capabilities into the broader mosaic that is absolutely essential to dealing with the very difficult intelligence challenges of today's war."

Wednesday, March 16, 2016

Who Delivers Your Message?

It took me awhile to learn that choosing the right messenger to deliver a message can be as important as the message itself.  What I'm talking about here is presenting your idea to a senior to gain their support or acceptance.  Sometimes they want to believe they came up with the great idea on their own.  So picking the right person to deliver your idea can become a critical step in the process. Without the right person delivering it, your idea/message may languish in the "GREAT IDEAS MUST DIE" bin.  If you carefully search your boss's office, you may find such a bin where the boss collects all the great ideas that he's killed. Beware of the overflowing bin.

The science behind all this is called cognitive science.  These cognitive scientists have demonstrated time and time again that what is being said may actually matter far less than who is saying it. Getting you idea accepted by the boss thus may depend on selecting the right Shipmate, the right settings, and the right time for getting your idea to escape the "GREAT IDEAS MUST DIE bin. 
I, along with many of my Shipmates have learned this the hard way, through trial and error. Some call this "lessons learned".  If they are called lessons learned, how come we never seem to learn anything?

Consider that sometimes the best messenger may be someone outside your normal peer group. Find someone that has been an activist in our cryptologic who has been working on the front lines for decades. If you don't want your idea to end up in the GREAT IDEAS MUST DIE bin be intentional about choosing a messenger who is viewed with trust, respect and the appropriate level of authority on your issue.  Try it.  It works.

Sunday, March 13, 2016

Captain Don East has slipped the surly bonds of earth and touched the face of God

I can only think of one person that is not saddened by the passing of Captain Don East who was a beloved Chief Petty Officer and Commanding Officer.  Fellow aviator and VQ skipper CDR John T. Mitchell has been waiting for Don since March of 1984 when John and his VQ crew were lost en route to Guam.  I'm sure they both have some great stories to share.

Friday, March 11, 2016

It's what we do. It's what we have always done. It's what we will always do.

Welcome back ladies and gentlemen.  Do great things in great ways for our Navy.  Seems like this is our anniversary.  Happy Anniversary.


From Jan Tighe's message announcing the end of NSG in 2005.  The cryppies are back.  Ironic that she announced our departure and our return.

And HERE is her guest post on STATION HYPO.

Wednesday, March 9, 2016