Monday, September 1, 2014


“What is honored in a country is cultivated there.” 

How do you honor the people in your organization? A couple of years ago, I was making a focused effort to improve in this arena. I knew intuitively different people place different value on various types of recognition. However, to truly honor people, I needed to know specifically what was of value to them individually.

My next step was to set a meeting with all the staff members in my department, temporary and part-time employees too. I asked each of them just one question? What was the best recognition they had ever received? The result – I confirmed my hunch regarding the diversity of approaches to effective recognition. Here’s some of what they told me…
Public recognition – Some people love to be recognized in front of other people. You may be one of those individuals. Unless other people can hear the kind words and see the appreciation, it doesn’t count. When you work with these people, be on the lookout for the appropriate forum to showcase the behaviors you’re trying to reinforce.
Private recognition – I don’t know the percentages, but I do know a significant portion of the population will not feel honored if you single them out publically. I’ve worked with many people who feel public recognition is more punishment than praise. If you miss assess this, your good intentions could actually dissuade the behaviors you’re trying to cultivate.
A hand-written note – This simple, seemingly outdated means of communications is still one of the most powerful, and universally appreciated forms of recognition. Throughout my career, I’ve been amazed at the reception I get from writing short notes of appreciation. I don’t write enough of these! P.S. An email is not the same as a personal note.

A plaque or trophy – Some people want the tangible evidence of their accomplishment. These do not have to be elaborate or expensive… they can even be homemade. A few years ago we were trying to inculcate our core values and we made awards for people who went above and beyond in modeling these behaviors.
Cash – I would assume everyone on your team appreciates a paycheck. However, for some of them, to be recognized with cash (or a gift card) is the ultimate. You may be surprised how little money is needed to make a big impact. If you can’t get this through on your expense report, you may want to do it out of your own pocket. A Starbucks card or two may produce exponential returns.
Time off – I hope you’ve been struck by the diversity of methods for recognizing and rewarding people. The list could go on and on, but I don’t want you to miss this one. Many people will feel honored and appreciated if you say, “You did an outstanding  job completing that project on time and on budget! Why don’t you take tomorrow off?”
If you want to drive change in your organization, recognize the behavior you want to see repeated; and recognize it in ways that speak to people individually.
Writing this post has been a good reminder for me. I need to schedule some meetings and ask just one question…
How about you?
Mark Miller, Vice President of Organizational Effectiveness for Chick-fil-A, believes that leadership is not something that’s exclusive; within the grasp of an elite few, but beyond the reach of everyone else.  In the tenth anniversary edition of The Secret, Miller reminds readers of a seemingly contradictory concept: to lead is to serve. With more than 600,000 books in print, Mark has been surprised by the response and delighted to serve leaders through his writing.

The 10th anniversary edition of The Secret will be released September 2, 2014

Friday, August 29, 2014

Complexity - sometimes it really is hard

“Some problems are so complex that you have to be highly intelligent and well informed just to be undecided about them.”

--Laurence J. Peter

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Proven to be true nearly 100% of the time in

Outstanding Navy leaders go out of their way to boost the self-esteem of their Sailors. When Sailors believe in themselves, it’s amazing what they can accomplish.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sorry I missed this IMPORTANT event on 15 August aboard USS MISSOURI in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii

Rear Admiral Andy Singer provides remarks on Captain Hagy's remarkable career as a Cryptologic Technician, Cryptologist and Information Warfare officer.  He was the guest speaker at Captain Jim Hagy's retirement aboard USS MISSOURI on 15 August after 40 years of service to our great Navy.

Jim Hagy in the Kunia Tunnel while CO
of Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii

Captain Jim Hagy was born in Evansville, IN, and raised in rural Virginia. He enlisted in 1974 and attended Cryptologic technician Collection “A” School at Corry Station, Pensacola, FL, graduating in 1975. 

His assignments include duty at Naval Security Group Activities in Japan, Guam, Spain, Illinois and Virginia. He was promoted to Chief Petty Officer in 1986 while deployed aboard USS IOWA (BB 61).

Hagy was commissioned in 1987 and his first assignment was NSGA Galeta Island, Republic of Panama. He was assigned to USS ARTHUR W. RADFORD (DD 968) as Electronic Warfare Officer from 1990 to 1992, and participated in the Personnel Exchange Program with the Royal Australian Navy in New South Wales, Australia, from 1993 to 1995.

Hagy reported to Naval Technical Training Center Pensacola, FL in 1995 and served as Division Officer for the CTR A and C Schools Division until 1998. He was then assigned to Commander, Amphibious Task Force Cryptologic Resource Coordinator until 2000, and assumed duties as Officer-in- Charge U.S. Naval Detachment Combined Support Group Alice Springs, Australia until 2002. Hagy was assigned to the staff of Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command Norfolk, VA, as deputy director for Naval Security Group Atlantic until 2005. His last assignment was Navy Personnel Command as Information Warfare Officer Community Manager, Senior Placement Officer, and Detailer for Navy Information Warfare Officers. He served as Commanding Officer of NIOC Hawaii from July 2008 to July 2010 and followed that with assignments in Hawaii which carried him to his retirement this month.

Fair Winds and Following Seas, Jim.  Mahalo and Aloha !!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Liz Wiseman has done it again

Don't miss your opportunity to learn more about how the rookies in your organization can help you achieve success.
"In a rapidly changing world, experience can be a curse. Being new, na├»ve, and even clueless can be an asset. Rookies are unencumbered, with no baggage to weigh them down, no resources to burden them, and no track record to limit their thinking or aspirations. For today’s knowledge workers, constant learning is more valuable than mastery."
Our Shipmate, Captain Sean Heritage, has a vignette in the book.  The Navy is a learning organization.  Being a "perpetual rookie" may be an advantage for you.  You can pre-order the book now on AMAZON.  It ships on 14 October.  What a great Navy Birthday gift !!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Captain Eric Nave - Australia's Captain Joseph Rochefort

Captain Eric Nave, an Australian naval officer, was the first to unravel Japanese telegraphy and to break Imperial Japanese Navy codes.  Yet few have heard of the exploits and achievements of this exceptionally talented man who did so much for the safety and security of our country (Australia).

Ian Pfenningwerth

Friday, August 22, 2014

Captain James Mills - Commanding Officer, Navy Information Operations Command Hawaii

Captain James Mills relieved Captain Justin F. Kershaw as CO, NAVIOCOM Hawaii in a ceremony aboard USS MISSOURI in Pearl Harbor, Hawaii on 21 August 2014.

As a Surface Warfare Officer and Information Professional Officer, he served in the Pacific and Atlantic Fleets supporting Operation Desert Storm, counter-narcotics operations, Noble Eagle, Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.  He is a recognized expert in Navy command & control, communications, combat systems, Information Warfare and cyber operations, leading establishment of several network-centric capabilities and programs now used in the US Navy. 

He has held key positions in major Fleet and Joint head quarters to include duty on the Navy Staff during 9/11. Additionally, he participated in humanitarian relief operations in the Philippines, following Hurricane Katrina, and the Haiti earthquake.

He is a 1990 graduate of the University of Arizona (computer science and political science), holds a master’s degree in electrical engineering from the Naval Postgraduate School, and other graduate certificates from the Joint Forces Staff College, Naval Postgraduate School, and Naval War College.

For words that matter

It's courteous, classy, caring and civilized to pick up a pen.

Margaret Shepherd
The Art of the Handwritten Note

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Monday, August 18, 2014

Coming soon !

Establishing a Navy Information Dominance Type Command 

By: Captain Joe Gradisher, OPNAV N2/N6 PAO

WASHINGTON (NNS) -- Chief of Naval Operations Admiral Jonathan Greenert has directed Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command (CUSFFC) to establish an Information Dominance Type Command (TYCOM).

In his March 4, 2014 memorandum to CUSFFC, Greenert wrote, "I approve the establishment of Navy Information Dominance Forces as an echelon III command under your administrative control. As the immediate superior in command, oversee the command's implementation...with an initial operating capability of 1 October 2014."

The TYCOM will report directly to CUSFFC and have supporting relationships with the rest of the Navy, focusing primarily on the Navy's information environment. Commander, Navy Cyber Forces, Rear Adm. Diane Webber will have her command re-designated as Commander, Navy Information Dominance Forces (NAVIDFOR) and will provide the initial infrastructure, resources and assets for the TYCOM.

Webber noted that the new TYCOM's mission will be to "support Combatant Commanders and Navy Commanders ashore and afloat by providing forward deployable, sustainable, combat-ready Information Dominance forces."

Full operational capability for NAVIDFOR is expected by the end of the calendar year. A Navy Type Command or TYCOM, coordinates the Man, Train and Equip (MT&E) functions for specific communities within the Navy. For example, Commander, Naval Air Forces exercises administrative control over aviation forces and Commander, Navy Surface Forces does the same for the surface warfare community.The IDC was formed in 2009 and built on the deep expertise and strengths of the officers/enlisted, active/reserve, and civilian workforce from the oceanography/meteorology, information professional, information warfare, naval intelligence and space cadre.

The IDC is an inter-disciplinary corps that possesses a deep understanding of potential adversaries and the battlespace, is able to accurately identify targets and brings an array of non-kinetic, offensive and defensive capabilities to the fight in the Information Age.

According to Vice Adm. Ted N. "Twig" Branch, Deputy Chief of Naval Operations for Information Dominance (N2/N6) and the lead for the Navy's IDC, "The continuing evolution of Information Dominance as a Navy warfighting discipline demands a single, integrated TYCOM to provide relevant and effective capabilities, including a highly trained and motivated workforce. I'm confident the new NAVIDFOR will provide the Fleet and the entire Navy the ID capabilities needed to deter, fight and win within this information domain."

Previously, those MT&E functions for the various communities within the IDC were executed by OPNAV N2/N6, Fleet Cyber Command/Commander Tenth Fleet, Navy Cyber Forces, the Office of Naval Intelligence, and the Navy Meteorology and Oceanography Command.

Commander, Navy Information Dominance Forces will be based in Suffolk, Va.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Bravo Zulu Rear Admiral Steve Parode !!

Vice Admiral Jan E. Tighe, Commander Fleet Cyber Command/TENTH Fleet promotes Captain Steve Parode to Rear Admiral (Lower Half).  BZ Steve! CONGRATULATIONS.

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

How I feel

 I feel an immense sense of responsibility. Not just to do well, but to do good.