Wednesday, January 7, 2015

People Matter

Naval History & Heritage Command yesterday, honoring the anniversary of the commissioning of USS Hopper (DDG 70) on 06 January 1996, posted some great photos of one of our greatest... Rear Admiral Grace Hopper.

What struck me the most wasn't the photos and not the subject, but of all things...

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

DoN IT Conference Awards (Nominate Now)

Ready to nominate your all-star IT or IT Team?  In preparation for the DON IT Conference, West Coast 2015 from 10-12 February 2015 in sunny San Diego, nominations are now being accepted1.

Don't have too much time, though.  Deadline for nominations is 07 January 2014.

A number of awards are being given to individuals and teams alike in the categories of...
  • Superior quality of IM/IT teams and individuals that are transforming the Navy and Marine Corps through information technology
  • Electromagnetic Spectrum management and use
  • Person of the year/Rising star of the year in IT efficiencies and cost savings through visionary thinking, innovation, and superior leadership skills
Big Navy award and  don't think your Sailor will get selected?  Who cares?  Definitely won't win if you don't write them up.  And even if they aren't selected, letting them know they were nominated can be a pretty big deal!

All the details are here ( or after the break...

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

Communicating in Two Directions

I had an opportunity to read "Mind the Gaps," an article in this month's Proceedings Magazine by ADM Gortney and ADM Harris1 .

The article focused on the Readiness Kill Chain, basically noting that it's time to break down the barriers that grown up over time that have resulted in gaps in readiness.  I believe this topic is important because it speaks to an essential role of the officer profession, making our processes better to realize more effective warfighting. I also believe it provides an opportunity to focus on communication, both up and down the chain of command.

Thursday, April 10, 2014

Leading and Achieving Organizational Transformation (Part 4/4): Systems Perspective

(Part 4 of a 4 part series on leading and achieving organizational transformation)

In the previous parts of this series, organizational transformation was described as one of the most challenging tasks for a leader to undertake.  In order to accomplish this endeavor, it was discussed that organizational leaders must focus on specific efforts that together create the required drive and effectiveness at every level of the workforce.  These efforts are: 
1) strong communication utilizing frames (Part 1)
2) creating a shared vision (Part 2)
3) leveraging high-performing teams (Part 3)
4) shifting to a systems perspective (Part 4)

This series now concludes with an argument for why shifting to a systems perspective is valuable and why it is an important part of organizational transformation.