Showing posts from January, 2020

Don't Be a Spotlight Ranger

Our first speaker was a senior civilian. I'm hesitant to specify his name in this context, but the individual had an impressive resume including a distinguished career in the uniform. Having time with this speaker gave us a rare opportunity to ask questions regarding management and leadership to someone very high in our chain. During my past 12 years in government service, this was my first opportunity in such an intimate setting. I've been curious over the years on how senior civilians see their role in regards to mentoring the active-duty leadership around them. This individual replied that at his level he doesn't see his role as being one of leadership but as one that exists to see his leaders succeed. Such a viewpoint is certainly valuable within the DoD. It fosters trust, and it's likely that the success of a boss equates to the success of an organization. Don't be a spotlight ranger During the course of his prepared remarks, he provided an interesting anecdote

Make Your Bed

Admiral William McRaven gave a commencement speech to the Class of 2014 that subsequently went viral. Given the many speeches over many years, this is one of the best. Watch it yourself at . You will be pumped after watching it. Make your bed - You'll start off with a completed task and come back to something you're proud of when you get back home. Stand up to the sharks Measure people by the size of their hearts One person can change the world by giving people hope Life is not fair and you will fail often Watching this video made me recall the context of which I first watched it.  We were in the middle of a lot of change within an organization.  I will reflect on this event at another time.

Getting Things Done

This first time I read about this book was on a Reddit thread with book recommendations for Project Managers. As the name would suggest, it's primary focus is on productivity. Before we dive into the meat of it, the following image includes the general workflow. (btw, I made the chart via Early on, David Allen places a lot of emphasis on the fact that having large to-do lists, especially non-written to-dos, can create a a lot mental strain on individuals. For example, you may be generally aware that you need to buy someone a present within the next couple of weeks. You know that you want to buy it at least a couple days prior, but the task keeps repeating in your head, over and over. This roughly translates into Mr. Allen's call for organization. How do we organize? Receive Stuff Categorize Stuff Decide What to do with Stuff Do Delegate Defer Tidy Trash Review Engage Plan I'm not quite yet sure if I want to get engage with this type of organizing, but it's nice