As a young 1SG I encountered a high speed Captain in our Battalion Commo. She was always finding ways to motivate Soldiers and get more out of her Soldiers. I was extremely impressed with her. Eventually we struck up a professional relationship and without knowing it she began to mentor me.
One afternoon the subject revolved around how to motivate Soldiers in an environment with limited opportunities for recognition. She looked at me and asked “Hey 1SG you ever think about writing a letter Read more
Just as military units avoid committing their forces to diversionary attacks and feints, leaders must be alert to being drawn into minor skirmishes that sap their strength and divert valuable assets from the mission. On an individual level, personality conflicts are a prime example of this. Leaders can allow themselves to become snarled in clashes of personal style that take enormous amounts of mental energy and are ultimately self-defeating.
SSG Newnan worked for a section chief Read more
Recently I had the opportunity to review a course for Company Commanders in the Army National Guard or Army Reserves. The course is entitled Part-Time Commander: How to Lead a Company in the National Guard or Army Reservesby Charles “Chuck” Holmes.
Chuck and I have a professional relationship and occasionally communicate with each other. We are both passionate about helping Leaders and Soldiers better themselves within their chosen profession. What follows is my opinion of the course Read more
When you are confronted by a soldier determined to butt heads with you and resist your efforts to get him or her to do their job and meet the standards, it is extremely frustrating. While you might have enough to process them for an administrative discharge, you will still be stuck with them until the separation is completed, a process which invariably takes longer than you expect. And there is no guarantee that the replacement you get, if you get one, will be a better soldier. In addition, recommending Read more
Today, I want to share my top 7 leadership tips for today’s Army NCO. These tips are unconventional tips that you might not learn in your NCOES. However, I believe that all of these ideas can benefit you immensely if you keep an open mind and apply what you learn.
# 1 Focus on High Standards and Progress
No one is perfect. Your Soldiers are not perfect and neither are you. Therefore, rather than focus on perfection, you should focus on high standards and progress. Set the standards high and try Read more
While most soldiers want to do a good job, there are a few who decide they don’t have to do what you tell them. For them, jerking the boss around when they get corrected is their idea of entertainment. In many cases, these soldiers are nearing the end of their enlistment, and they have no intention of remaining in the military. While old vets rarely talk about it, such behavior becomes more common when wars draw to an end, particularly long, unpopular wars. In this regard the current war in Read more