One of my favorites.
Advice and Counsel
- Written reports are only useful if read by your audience.
- An officer with Sailors who always agree with him reaps the counsel of mediocrity.
- An officer never kills the Sailor bearing bad news, he kills the Sailors that fail to deliver bad news.
- An officer who asks the wrong questions always hears the wrong answers.
- An officer never asks a question for which he doesn't want to hear the answer.
- The greatness of an officer is measured by the sacrifices he is willing to make for the good of the squadron.
- Seldom are self-centered, conceited and self-admiring officers great leaders, but they are great idolizers of themselves.
- Great officers never take themselves too seriously.
- An officer adapts-he doesn't compromise.
- Weak officers surround themselves with weak Sailors.
- Strong officers surround themselves with strong Sailors.
- Officers must learn early that working through a hardship is an experience that influences them all the
days of their lives.
- Successful officers learn to deal with adversity and to overcome mistakes.
- Every decision involves some risk.
- Time does not always improve a situation for an officer or his Sailors.
- Errors are inescapable when the unqualified are allowed to exercise judgment and make decisions.
- Quick decisions are not always the best decisions. On the other hand, unhurried decisions are not always
the best decisions.
- Officers should never rush into confrontations.
- The ability to make difficult decisions separates leaders from followers.
- Officers never place their Sailors in situations where their weaknesses will prevail over their
- Good Sailors will almost always achieve what their leaders expect from them.
- An officer never expects his Sailors to act beyond their wisdom or understanding.
- An officer always gives tough assignments to Sailors who can rise to the occasion.
- Abdication is not delegation. Abdication is a sign of weakness. Delegation is a sign of strength.
- Strong Sailors have strong weaknesses. An officer's duty is to make Sailors strengths prevail.
- Sailors learn less from success than they do from failure.
- Sailors learn much faster when faced with adversity.
- A good officer takes risks by delegating to an inexperienced Sailor in order to strengthen his leadership
- Sailors are best prepared to become Chiefs when given appropriate challenges at successively higher levels of responsibility.
If it were easy to be a Chief, every Sailor would be one.
- Without challenge, a Sailor's potential and a squadron's potential is never realized.
- Superficial goals lead to superficial results.
- As a squadron, we would accomplish more if officers, Chiefs and Sailors behaved as though squadron goals were as important to them as personal goals.
- Critical to a Sailor's success is a clear understanding of what the CO wants.
- A Sailor's goal should always be worthy of his efforts.
- A Sailor without purpose will never know when he has achieved it.
- Officers should always aim high, going after things that will make a difference rather than seeking the safe
path of mediocrity.
Leaders and Leadership
- Officers should always appoint there best Sailors to the best positions, no matter how much they are needed in their current job.
- An officer knows he is responsible for the welfare of his Sailors and acts accordingly.
- Being a leader is often a lonely job.
- Shared risk-taking will weld the relationship of an officer and his Sailors.
- Strong officers stimulate and inspire the performance of their Sailors.
- The best officers develop the ability to ask the right questions at the right time.
- An officer can never be in charge if he bring up the rear.
- An officer who takes himself too seriously has lost his perspective.
- A Sailor's perception is reality for him.
- Sailors who appear to be busy are not always working.
Problems and Solutions
- We all need to focus on opportunities rather than on problems.
- Some of us spend too much time coming up with solutions for which there are no problems.
Reward and Punishment
- If leader has failed, so likewise have his subordinate leaders.
- If you tell a Sailor he is doing a good job when he isn't, he will not listen long and, worse, will not believe
praise when it is justified.
- Every Sailor has value-even if only to serve as a bad example.
- To experience the strength of Sailors we must tolerate some of their weaknesses.
- Suffer long for mediocre but loyal Sailors. Suffer not for competent but disloyal Sailors.
- Adequate training of Sailors is essential to war and cannot be disregarded by officers in more peaceful
- The consequence for not adequately training your Sailors is their failure to accomplish that which is expected of them.