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The Leader and Worry
The Pathway to Fear
Happy is the man who has broken the chains which hurt the mind,
and has given up worrying once and for all.
Ovid (43 BC - 18 AD)
the WWII Burma Campaign, Col. Charles N. Hunter was the true commander
of Galahad - the code name for the U.S. Army 5307th Composite Unit
(Provisional), better known as Merrill's Marauders. Colonel Charles N.
Hunter had been with Galahad from the beginning, first as its ranking
officer, later as its second ranking officer after the addition of
General Merrill. Then, when General Merrill suffered a heart attack, it
was left to Colonel Hunter to command it during its greatest trials;
because of this, Colonel Hunter was the individual most responsible for
Galahad's record of achievement.
ominous atmosphere at Hsamsingyang, one of Colonel Hunter's officers
asked, "Aren't you worried for fear we'll be trapped by the Japs coming
up on the east? Don't you ever get scared?" General Hunter, who set down
the principle that an officer should keep his fears in his foxhole,
silently contemplated the soldiers of the 3rd Battalion S-2, then
replied, "Wait 'til you've had twins."
Worry is the interest paid by those who borrow trouble.
United States President
is a destructive force, one that every leader must resist. When a
leader indulges in worry, problems feed on themselves. We need a
definition for worry so that we all agree on what it means. Worry is to
give way to anxiety, unease, or fear; to dwell on difficulties or
troubles. Worry is anxiety or uncertainty concerning actual, potential,
or even imagined problems. Worry sees both real and nonexistent
problems, and sees them as much larger than they are. Worry offers
nothing positive, regardless of any situation. Worry is worse than
for those fearless soldiers (none of whom I would want at my side in
combat; fearlessness is a dangerous psychosis), all of us have
experienced worry and anxiety. Most of us, however, aren't aware of just
how destructive worry really is.
Here are some very real and serious consequences of worry:
- it creates problems, and destroys solutions
- it can turn the most courageous man into a coward
- it is a very dangerous mental state that feeds on itself
- it is mental torture every bit as bad as physical torture, and it is always getting worse
- it is easy to worry; it becomes a destructive habit that is very difficult to break
- it causes self-hate, which also becomes a destructive habit that is very difficult to break
- it results in unhappiness, which leads to feelings of worthlessness and destructive behavior, both to oneself and to others
- it hides all that is good in life, and corrupts what it cannot hide
- it creates enormous frustration
- it drives away all who would help
- worry results in total inaction, which always ends in disaster
What worries you controls you.
leader consistently to be without worry, he must be highly motivated, as
motivation counteracts worry. Worry causes inaction, whereas motivation
causes action. Action solves problems before they become worrisome.
is a great difference between worry and concern. A worried person only
sees problems, and a concerned person solves problems.
Concern should drive us into action and not into a depression.
No man is free who cannot control himself.
Pythagoras (c. 570 BC - c. 495 BC)
Greek mathematician and philosopher
leader must know the differences between worry and concern if he is to
realize when concern begins to become worry. Some crucial indicators
that this change may be taking place are:
- worry distracts; concern is attentive
- worry prevents planning; concern enables planning
- worry prevents clarity; concern enables clarity
- worry gives up; concern keeps trying
- worry overwhelms; concern takes it step by step
- worry turns inward; concern turns outwards
the most difficult aspect of life is learning mental self-control -
control over what we think, and how we think. Self-control is necessary
regardless of the task. We are what we have done, and what we think. If
we think wrong, disaster invariably follows. Self-control banishes
most important difference between worry and concern is summed up in one
concept - fear. Worry causes fear; concern creates courage.
When we have nothing to worry about we are not doing much, and not doing much may supply us with plenty of future worries.
leader must never be idle. It causes loss of discipline, as well as
trouble. Most important, it creates fear, which can become completely
debilitating. A leader will use knowledge, wisdom, boldness, discipline,
principles, and motivation to overcome fear.
leader has the proper attitude. In a so-called "natural leader" this
attitude is inborn; but it can be consciously developed. Whether innate
or acquired, the result is the same. He must always be developing
solutions, because problems are always getting in the way. A leader must
never attempt to solve all problems at once; instead, he must solve
tomorrow what he cannot solve today.
simple things can help fight off worry. Always be grateful whenever
it's warranted - if you begin to worry, remember that there a many who
would jump at the chance to help you. Worry makes every situation worse.
Let your thoughts control your emotions instead of letting you emotions
control your thoughts. Help people who need it - not only is it kind
and thoughtful, it's eye-opening, as well, because you'll see you don't
have as much to worry about as you thought. You're also doing something
very positive, and that creates courage.
next time worry begins, examine your situation rationally, not
emotionally. You will see that either your situation isn't as bad as
worry said it was; or, if it is actually that bad, you're a step ahead
because you've already begun formulating a solution.
being explicit on the subject, one of the best commentaries on the
relationships among concern, worry, and fear is in the following blank
Cowards die many times before their deaths;
The valiant never taste of death but once.
Of all the wonders that I yet have heard,
It seems to me most strange that men should fear;
Seeing that death, a necessary end,
Will come when it will come.
Julius Caesar: Act 2, Scene II
Worry doesn't help tomorrow's troubles, but it does ruin today's happiness.
Worry is like a rocking chair - it gives you something to do but it doesn't get you anywhere.
When I look back on all the worries I remember the story of the old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in his life, most of which never happened.
Winston Churchill (1874 AD-1965 AD)
you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago? How did
they work out? Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless energy on account of
most of them? Didn't most of them turn out all right after all?
Dale Carnegie (1888 AD-1955 AD)
Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.
Plato (427 BC-347 BC)
When we have nothing to worry about we are not doing much, and not doing much may supply us with plenty of future worries.
not worry; eat three square meals a day; say your prayers; be courteous
to your creditors; keep your digestion good; exercise; go slow and
easy. Maybe there are other things your special case requires to make
you happy, but my friend, these I reckon will give you a good lift.
Abraham Lincoln (1809 AD-1865 AD)
United States President
in my business career I learned the folly of worrying about anything. I
have always worked as hard as I could, but when a thing went wrong and
could not be righted, I dismissed it from my mind.
nothing but what thy industry may prevent; be confident of nothing but
what fortune cannot defeat; it is no less folly to fear what is
impossible to be avoided than to be secure when there is a possibility
to be deprived.
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I would have added two more characteristics that lead to naivete in leadership.
First, a leader must not hold himself aloof from his men. True, he
is above them in the chain of command, but that is not what
"aloof" means. Arrogance and aloofness are related, but not
identical. In this sense, a commander is aloof if he is detached
from his men, chooses not to notice them, and gives orders as
though his men are machines and unaffected by weariness, cold,
heat, hunger, thirst, etc. A true leader is completely aware of
the circumstances of his men because he shares those same
circumstances. He is aware that the "conveniences" he has because
of his rank are there for the sole purpose of assisting him in the
performance of his duties, and his men are also aware of that. His
men are willing to follow him because they know he is with them,
not aloof from them. I and the men under my command would have
followed our captain into Hell itself if he had so ordered,
because we knew his asbestos underwear wasn't any better than
ours! A leader is above his men in the chain of command, but he is
very much with his men as well.
Second, a commander must be
aware that he can be killed. I've known too many officers who did
not take that precept to heart; their combat deaths led to
unnecessary deaths among the men under his command simply because
he did not have plans (yes, plural: plans) in place to deal with
the situation if he was killed. This is different from the
standard military hierarchy. Everyone knows that the
second-in-command steps into place when the boss is out of action
(whether dead or injured), but the crucial nexus of communication
and coordination of the battle plan is gone--the now dead
commander was an integral part of the mission! The entire battle
plan must now be changed instantly! A commander must work out
ahead of time what the new battle plan must be if he is dead or
injured, and his men must know what that new plan is. A force
cannot function without its commander unless that commander has
worked out a plan to deal with that eventuality.
Following your message is the following quote:
"A nation that draws too broad a difference between its
scholars and its warriors will have its thinking being done by
cowards and its fighting by fools." - Thucydides
I almost fell out of my chair when I read this because when I
had to leave the military (serious combat injury--I was very much
with my men), the career I took up afterwards was that of
university professor! My research has always been in the area of
secure communication methods--which are desperately needed by the
military. A secure communication method is one that cannot be
destroyed by the enemy, and one that prevents its messages from
being understood by the enemy; that is, it is physically hardened
(I'm talking tank armor), its protocols can work around damaged or
destroyed components, and all its messages are encrypted. I no
longer teach, but I can still do research, and I am
researching/developing on an encryption method that is at the
cutting edge of the field. I had to leave the military, but I've
never left it behind.
You may find this interesting: One of my
closest friends was in the very first class of sailors to be
trained as UDTs--the "Naked Warriors". He is 89 years old (I'm
62), and he's told me many stories about WWII, and he is
undoubtedly the bravest man I have ever known. I started out in
the Army, and eventually became a Green Beret; a few years later, I
"stepped sideways" into the Navy, and became a SEAL. I tell you
this to let you know that I, having been a SEAL, am extremely
proud to have this in common with my friend. He will soon lose
himself to Alzheimer's Disease (in my opinion, the cruelest and
most horrible death possible), but I will never lose him. When a
man who is or has been an honorable member of any of our Special
Forces leaves this world for the next, a part of him remains
behind in those who continue to uphold the Honor of our Nation's
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Love Part II (cont. from June)
By Rev G.J. Rako
LTC IN USAR (Ret)
Last month we discussed
two categories of love directed toward people. Personal and impersonal
love, both are true in romance, friendship and the casual acquaintance.
Personal love is
directed toward only a few people in your life. Impersonal love is
(should be) directed toward all the people in your life. Impersonal
love requires integrity on your part and is manifested by toleration for
all. Even toleration of those people you cannot personally stand. I am
sure you have been in an organization where somebody, full of
themselves, wishing only to hear the sound of their own voice just made
you want to cram a sock in their mouth. However, you demonstrated good
manners and decorum, bit your tongue and allowed them to ramble on about
nothing. Congratulations, you just applied impersonal love to an
otherwise intolerable person who was sucking all the air out of the
room. This is a person who offers no redeeming characteristics. There is
nothing about him that is attractive to you. In fact, he is very
I don't like you but, I
love (impersonally) you. Your character, virtue, integrity, and
stability of soul have allowed you to tolerate this pinhead. Personal
love on the other hand demands that the object of your love display
attractiveness to you. You are inextricably drawn to them. Their beauty,
character, thinking, something about them moves you, the way they walk,
talk, laugh, or look. You are attracted to them. This is personal love.
Personal love also
demands the application of impersonal love. Stay with me this is where
the concept of love gets tricky. The one whom you personally love will
eventually display their sin nature. This will happen sooner rather than
later. They will do or say something that annoys you. At this point of
annoyance, you must apply impersonal love. It may be something as simple
as leaving the cap off the toothpaste tube, or they may reveal some
perceived character flaw. Now if you are going to continue in personal
love you must treat them from the integrity or virtue in your soul and
overlook or tolerate the things that are annoying.
Most human love is
shallow, empty, and dependent on our continued attraction for the object
of our love. Once that object displays behavior or thought that is
repugnant to us, our disappointment results in ending the relationship.
This is because we are
self-absorbed and lack integrity in our own soul, thereby, having no way
to tolerate the flaws of the object of our love. Impersonal or virtue
love overcomes the shallowness of our personal love, which is virtue
dependent. With virtue love, our personal love is not dependent on the
attractiveness of the object alone, because we are able to tolerate and
overlook the flaws of the one we love.
Impersonal love toward
all mankind based on the integrity of our own soul is the key to all
true human love. The greater our integrity, the greater our capacity to
For the believer in Jesus Christ, "we love, because He first loved us." (John 4:19)Without
personally loving God, we can never hope to love anyone, personally or
impersonally. Moreover, our love will be that shallow, unstable,
selfish, fleeting, infatuation that disappears like vapor the moment the
object of our love disappoints us in some way. Personal love for God
provides the capacity for genuinely loving others both personally and
The scripture commands us to love God.
Deut. 6:5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart with all your soul, and with all your might.
The disciples asked
Jesus, which was the greatest commandment. His answer quoting the Old
Testament is found in many books of the New Testament.
Matthew 22:37 And He said to him, "You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind."
Mark 12:30 "and you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind, and with all your strength."
Luke 10:27 And he answered, "You shall love the Lord
your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your
strength, and with all your mind; and your neighbor as yourself."
personally love someone you do not know. How can you know someone you
cannot see? God is revealed in the Word of God. You can know God through
the consistent study of the Bible. This is the only means of knowing
and loving God.
Love is maximum
concentration; it is thinking and the expression of that thinking. Love
is not empty emotion devoid of thought. The thinking of God is revealed
to us in the Bible (1 Cor. 2:16). We are commanded to replace our flawed thinking (human viewpoint) with the thoughts (divine viewpoint) of God.
Phil. 2:5 Have this thinking in you, which was also in Christ Jesus,
We were born physically
alive but spiritually dead. When we received the free gift of eternal
life at the moment of faith in Christ we became born again. At that
moment of faith in Christ God gave you forty things. One of those things
was His very own life. God imputed to you eternal life. You were born
again and given a new life. You were physically born helpless, a baby
that needed nourishing, nurturing, instruction and discipline so you
could mature physically and mentally. Therefore, it is with the new
spiritual birth that you were born spiritually; a baby in need of
spiritual growth so that you may mature spiritually.
God, in His never-ending
grace toward us has a plan and system whereby we can mature
spiritually. We can never love God without fulfilling His plan for our
lives. Furthermore, without loving God we can never genuinely love
anyone else. God has a perfect plan for your life. It is an individual
plan that consists of blessings designed specifically for you. Before
you were born, in eternity past God saw you through the corridors of
time and created abundant blessings for your life. These may include all
the things associated with happiness in time. Things like; friends,
family, spouses, houses, cars, jewelry, money, professions, promotion,
approbation, etc... The things God has prepared for you are not the same
things God has prepared for me. Our lives are different and unique, so
also our blessings are different and unique. These blessings are given
to us as we gain capacity for them. We gain capacity for things and love
by growing spiritually.
Ephesians 4:13 until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature, which belongs to the fullness of Christ.
1 Corinthians 2:6 Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away
Hebrews 5:14 But solid food is for the mature, who because of practice have their senses trained to discern good and evil.
Ephesians 4:14 As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed
here and there by waves and carried about by every wind of false
doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming;
Luke 2:40 The Child continued to grow and become strong, increasing in wisdom; and the grace of God was upon Him.
2 Peter 3:18 but growing the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
There is one part
of His plan that is the same for every believer; the means by which we
attain spiritual maturity and the resultant capacity for life, love, and
God's plan for man:
- God is not willing that any should perish but that all should come to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ (2 Peter 3:9)
- Once a believer in Jesus Christ we are to grow spiritually (Luke 2:4, 2 Peter 3:18).
has given to each of us at least one spiritual gift (one of forty
things we receive at the moment of salvation). That spiritual gift is
given for the edification (building up) of the church (universal). Ask
yourself if you are edifying the church.
- One of these spiritual
gifts is the gift of pastor-teacher. The purpose and function of this
gift is to study and teach the Word of God so that the church may grow
to spiritual maturity and in doing so their spiritual gifts will begin
to function and benefit the church. God then is able to use these
prepared believers. He can bless them because their spiritual growth
produced capacity for life, love, and happiness. God is glorified when
He is able to bless us. The more you grow spiritually, the more you love
God. The more you love God, the more capacity you have, the more God
can bless you. The more God blesses you the more God is glorified by
your life. I have heard Christians say "oh, no blessing for me, I am
happy to be a worker for God." Well awe, shucks, if God doesn't bless
you He is not glorified by your pathetic, insignificant life and you are
not fulfilling His plan but have decided in arrogance that your flawed
plan is better, which only leads to discipline (Heb. 12:6)
and misery. God uses prepared believers. He gave you a spiritual gift
to build up the church. If you are not being used and blessed by God,
then there is a breakdown in your spiritual life. It is time to get back
- Find a Bible church where the pastor studies and
teaches the Word of God. Avail yourself to the accurate teaching of the
Word in fellowship (filling of the Holy Spirit 1John 1:9).
John 4:24 "God is spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit ( filling of the Holy Spirit ) and truth ( doctrine )."
Romans 10:17 So faith comes from hearing, and hearing by the word of Christ
Ephesians 3:19 and to know the love of Christ which surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled up to all the fullness of God.
1 John 2:5 but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him:
God's perfect plan
for our lives will unfold like a flower when we make the Word of God a
priority in our lives. The blessings He will pour out on you are
1 Corinthians 2:9 but just as it is written, "Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard, And which have not entered the heart of man, All that God has prepared for those who love Him."
Rom. 8:38-39 For
I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor
principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor
height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate
us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
The many blessings of God include true love in your life, both
your understanding of love and the function of true love in your life.
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Tactical Life Saving &
Active Shooter Incidents
single man, James Holmes walks into a movie theatre prepared to inflict
death and carnage on innocent victims sitting in disbelief as he
unleashes his vicious attack. This Lone Wolf meticulously planned
his assault as he tossed smoke or gas devices into the crowded theater,
and then fired his 12-gauge shotgun at the ceiling before turning it on
the crowd. As panicked movie watchers raced for the exits, he
switched to a .40 caliber pistol and a .223 caliber rifle to further his
devasting murderous assault.
Holmes exited out of the theater through the door he had entered and
was removing his body armor beside his car when he was confronted by
officers who took him into custody.
coward left in his violent wake 12 dead innocent souls and 58 injured
victims at the midnight showing of the Batman movie "The Dark Knight
Rises" at the Century 16 Theater in Aurora, Colorado.
enforcement over the past dozen years have had the unfortunate task of
responding to such horrible events. We have developed and continously
improved our active shooter response models. Most officers get active
shooter training and many now carry patrol rifles. It's common to see a
"go-bag" on the passenger floor board of a police cruiser driven by a
well prepared Warrior.
law enforcement is still slow to catch up with our military
counterparts is combat casulty care. Imagine that this movie theatre was
in your town and you were the first responding officer, are you
prepared to start treating 58 gunshot wound victims? Do you have the
training and first aid equipment needed in such an event?
fact is most EMS will be overwhelmed during the initial response to
this event no matter where you patrol. The active shooter incidents in
this country time after time occurr in suburan cities and leave mass
casulties. We can make a small difference in the survivability of these
victims and perhaps our own with some simple training and first aid
Life Saver training or Tactical Combat Casulty Care is not expensive.
Many organizations provide this type of training throughout the country
ranging from a single day to a week. This training isn't designed to
make you a Paramedic, Tactical Medic or any other EMS responder. TLS
provides every first responder the ability to treat a gunshot victim
with some basic life saving first aid tactics "until" Paramedics,
Tactical Medics or other EMS can provide the life sustaining advanced
medical care to keep these innocent victims alive.
Every law enforcement officer in this country should be trained in these life saving Tactical Life Saver skills!
TLS training should be as routine as the basic first aid instruction
such as CPR and AED that officers receive annually. I am tired of the
EMS community taughting that patrol officers can't perform these
functions. Any person sworn to uphold the laws of this country, trained
and graduated from a police academy is smart enough to be taught how to
place a pressure bandage on a gunshot wound. My six year old has helped
me apply tourniquets to training simulators while preparing for a
course. The fact is every law enforcement officer in the United States
can perform these simple, life saving tactics to help pro-long a victims
life until advanced medical personel can take over. This is proven by
the Military's TCCC data since they started training every combat
soldier in Tactical Combat Casualty Care and the battlefield deaths have
significantly decreased. Surely, we are just as capable as any military
recruit in basic training to learn and perform this skill set.
police agencies like mine are providing this training to their
officers. However, you may not be aforded that opportunity and your next
option would be to attend a training session from a local police
academy or police trainer.
A few objectives that you will want to make sure the training provides are:
- Priorties of the Tactical Life Saver
- Outfitting your "go-bag"
- Remote assessment operations
- Officer rescue tactics
- Airway management for massive facial & neck injuries
- Penetrating chest trauma such as sucking chest wounds from gun shots
- Hemorrage control for bleeding victims
- Hemostatic agents use
- Tourniquet use
- Shock control
are some of the basic skills and tactics used by our Armed Forces to
help save the lives of there combat buddies. TCCC does not take the
place of combat medics, it simply enhances the soldiers ability to
mimimize battlefield deaths. The same applies for law enforcement, its
not meant to replace Tactical Medics, Paramedics or EMS, it is meant to
provide a chance that an officer can sustain life of a gun shot victim
or any other victim for that matter, until advanced treatment arrives.
22nd 2011, Joplin Missouri a tornado levels the small town of 50,000
residents. First responding officers arrive to the devastating scene and
soon discover that they are overwhelmed with injured people, dead
bodies, walking wounded, trapped victims in buildings, multiple fires
and much more. Many police and fire personnel found themselves victims
of the tornado as well, which further hampered first aid response.
officers and rescue crews dug through piles of splintered houses and
crushed cars searching for victims of a half-mile-wide tornado that
ultimately killed 162 people when it blasted much of this Missouri town
and nearly destroyed its hospital.
can listen to the first responders and the radio traffic of that
incident on-line. Listen for yourself and then ask the question, am I
really prepared for such an event?
are many resources available such as books, training manuals, courses
and trainers available on the subject. The necessary equipment will cost
you anywhere from $50 to $100 and in no time you will be ready to save
somebody's life. The skill set used in TLS is useful at home, on
accident victims and in the outdoors. Make the investment in somebody
else's future and get the training. They will be grateful and you will
Sgt. Glenn French
About the author
French, a Sergeant with the Sterling Heights (Mich.) Police Department,
has 22 years police experience and currently serves as the Team
Commander for the Special Response Team, and Sergeant of the Sterling
Heights Police Department Training Bureau. He has 14 years SWAT
experience and served as a Sniper Team Leader, REACT Team Leader, and
is the author of the award-winning book "Police Tactical Life Saver".
The 2012 Public Safety Writers Association Technical Manual of the year.
Glenn is also the President of www.tacticallifesaver.org.
has instructed basic and advanced SWAT / Tactical officer courses,
basic and advanced Sniper courses, Cold Weather / Winter Sniper
Operations and Active Shooter Response courses, Tactical Lifesaver
Course and others. Sgt French served in the U.S. Army. During his
military tenure Sgt French gained valuable experience in C.Q.B.,
infantry tactics and explosive breaching operations.
Project Planning - Missions, Projects, Tasks, and Goals
- You can only count on luck to achieve so much. For the rest
of your goals and objectives you must learn to plan effectively. No
mission, project, task, or goal is ever achieved to its fullest without a
- Before you can create a plan you must first have a
Vision and recognize where you want to go. Your Vision of where you
want to go and what you want to achieve, is the focal point of your
Step 1: Create a Vision or Receive a Mission
of goals - How do you create a vision? What do you do after you're
given a task to complete from your manager? Some people seem to simply
know where they want to go, where the team needs to go, where the
business needs to go and where their life needs to go. Other people
need to work a little harder to identify these destinations. Listen to
your gut, trust your experience, and picture in your mind's eye a
vision of where you want to go. Step two will fall into place and the
process is the same for each vision you create or mission/task you
Step 2: Draft the Heads-Up & initial time-table
good heads-up requires covering four general sections of information:
Situation, Goal, General Instructions, and Specific Instructions. The
heads-up addresses everyone involved and affected. Be thorough and
realistic in your completion of each section below:
Situation: An overall assessment of your current status. Once you know
where you want to go, you need to conduct a good assessment of your
current status. Clearly identify the current situation and be
completely honest about it; tell it like it is. Remember, identifying
the current situation is the first major factor of leadership. Don't
forget to include others' perspectives and use all your available
resources (PET: People, Equipment, Time) to accurately determine the
current status. The situation should also include an assessment of any
known obstacles at that time. Identifying known obstacles allows you
and your team to pro-actively plan and prepare for dealing with them as
you set out to accomplish your goal.
- The Goal: A definitive
statement of what is to be accomplished and the deadline (No Later Than
(NLT) time) for completion. Clearly identify the goal and be specific
about what is to be accomplished. Be sure the goal statement is clear,
concise and to the point. Take time to ensure everyone on the team
succinctly understands it forwards and back, and that there are no
misunderstandings within the team; ensure everyone is on the same page.
- General Instructions: For Groups, Sub-Teams, and other
Departments -- Identify your PET (People, Equipment & Time). In
this section you will begin to identify, in general terms, a priority
of events and the resources needed to take the first steps towards
successfully completing your plan and putting it into action. Provide
direction to your team and team leaders (anyone who leads a sub-team)
by providing guidance about preparations needed, information to be
gathered, others that must be informed, and so on. Select pieces/tasks
you can delegate to those most suited to accomplish them successfully
and independently. Issue assignments to others including completion
times. At this point, you also need to establish a tentative schedule
or time-table for everyone to follow. The time-table can and likely
will be modified along the way. However, an initial time-table is
always needed early in the planning process because it helps keep
people on track and focused. At a minimum the time-table must reflect
the No Later Than (NLT) time of completion for the overall task/goal
and the current time now. These are your two most critical times, the
difference between them is all the available time you have to work
with. Start with the overall goal NLT time and 'backwards plan' to your
current time. Sequentially fill in the tasks that need to be
accomplished along the way and when each is to be completed by. The
time-table will serve as a measurement tool that helps you and your
team stay focused. It will be used to chart progress and raise flags if
you fall behind or get off course. You may find it helpful to identify
a team member to be responsible for time-table updates, progress,
changes, and alerts along the way.
- Specific Instructions: Key
Individuals and Team Leaders -- In greater detail, identify what you
need to share with your key team leaders including any specific tasks
you intend to delegate to them. Be sure they know your expectations and
how you can be contacted should they need your assistance, support, or
you have just created is your initial plan of what is to be
accomplished, by whom and when. Now it's time to gather the team and
communicate it. Once communicated, ask key leaders to paraphrase
(brief-back) information to verify complete understanding.
departments and groups should be busy completing tasks delegated to
them in the General Instructions section of your initial plan. This may
include gathering and/or disseminating information, organizing teams
and collecting/identifying additional resources that are needed for the
successful completion of the goal. Key individuals and team leaders
are ensuring all the pieces are coming together, paying specific
attention to the time table and staying focused and completing any
specific instructions that you delegate to them.
- While team
members are completing their General Instructions tasks, you are
completing the "execution" piece of the forthcoming detailed plan. You
are pulling all the data together, outlining in detail the road map,
and identifying who will drive, when, and how far.
Step 3: The Detailed Plan
The detailed plan contains five sections: Situation, Goal, Execution, Support, & Communications.
first two sections are essentially repeats of the tentative / Heads-up
plan, with updates, modifications, changes and added details that have
occurred since the Heads-up was first communicated to the team.
- this section is your main responsibility. It is the most crucial
piece of the plan and it is essential that the entire team understand
it. A good Execution section of any plan contains thorough: Details,
Sequential Organization, Identification of Roles & Assignments,
Plans for dealing with known obstacles, Rally Points (when and how
we'll regroup if we deviate), Focus on Accountability
- Support -
this section identifies other areas in the organization that may offer
assistance to the team or be a resource that can be utilized if
necessary. This section informs the team of who, what, where, when, and
why and how to obtain needed services and support.
- this final section includes contact information and identifies
proper communication channels, methods, and mediums.
In summary, the process works something like this:
- Create the Vision or receive a Mission from your manager.
the Heads-up. This is an information tool used to give everyone
involved a "Heads-Up" and get the ball rolling. Therefore, at a
minimum, it must include whatever information or directions required
and a time-table to track your progress. Begin with the end in mind.
- Communicate to the team. Bring everyone together and communicate the information.
the Detailed Plan. The detailed plan includes everything involved:
who, what, when, where, why and how-start to finish, for successful
completion of your mission/task/goal.
- Communicate the Detailed Plan. Share the detailed plan with everyone involved.
- Monitoring and Progress. Keep the whole thing moving forward and measure progress as compared to your time-table.
- Remember these key items as you proceed:
- Be sure everyone on the team shares the same understanding of all aspects of the plan.
- Spot check to ensure delegated tasks are completed and to required standards.
- Do "Brief-Backs" - ask team members to summarize their role and other aspects and details of the plan.
- As a leader you must ensure successful completion of the mission - it is your responsibility.
- At times you may lead; at other times you may follow.
may be required to remove barriers and obstacles that get in the way.
You may be a liaison to your manager, providing status updates along
- And don't forget your coaching responsibilities. As a
leader you must ensure that you are growing your people for tomorrow's
- To be a successful leader you need to know how to plan.
- Finally, remember: People don't plan to fail, they fail to plan.
Lead the way!
About the author: Dean Hohl
has been leading teams and coaching individuals professionally since
1993. From '88 - '92 Dean served with 3rd Ranger Battalion during which
he helped in the removal of Manuel Noriega in 1989 when he parachuted
onto a hostile Panamanian airstrip.
graduated Ranger School with honors earning one of two distinguished
"Merrill's Marauders" awards; an award earned only by two each class and
chosen by his peer group for demonstrating exceptional teamwork,
leadership, and communication under long periods of stress and pressure
- often the result of days without food or sleep - throughout the
entire 72 day course. Dean completed his Ranger service with honor at
the rank of Sergeant.
Demonstrate Compel Victory
had closed over the tents of the Macedonians,
when Alexander's veteran general, Parmenio, came to
him, and proposed that they should make a night attack on
the Persians. The King is said to have answered, that he
scorned to filch a victory, and that Alexander
must conquer openly and fairly. Arrian justly remarks that
Alexander's resolution was as wise as it was spirited.
Besides the confusion and uncertainty which are
inseparable from night engagements, the value of
Alexander's victory would have been impaired, if gained
under circumstances which might supply the enemy with any
excuse for his defeat, and encourage him to
renew the contest. It was necessary for Alexander not only
to beat Darius, but to gain such a victory as should leave
his rival without apology for defeat, and
without hope of recovery. The Persians, in fact, expected,
and were prepared to meet a night attack. Such was the
apprehension that Darius entertained of it, that
he formed his troops at evening in order of battle, and
them under arms all night. The effect of this was, that the
morning found them jaded and dispirited, while it
brought their adversaries all fresh and vigorous
Alexander's victory over the Persians was fulfilled that day. Alexander had great insight on how to achieve true victory.
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THE BEAR AND THE TWO TRAVELERS
MEN were traveling together, when a Bear
suddenly met them on their path. One of them climbed up
quickly into a tree and concealed himself in the branches.
The other, seeing that he must be attacked, fell flat
on the ground, and when the Bear came up and
felt him with his snout, and smelt him all over, he held his
breath, and feigned the appearance of death as much as he
could. The Bear soon left him, for it is said he
will not touch a dead body. When he was quite gone the
other Traveler descended from the tree, and jocularly
inquired of his friend what it was the Bear had
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"Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have
this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more
glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too
lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I
love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength
from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of
little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose
conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto
Thomas Paine in The American Crisis, 1776
I look back on all the worries I remember the story of the
old man who said on his deathbed that he had a lot of trouble in
his life, most of which never happened.
Winston Churchill (1874-1965)
you remember the things you were worrying about a year ago? How
did they work out? Didn't you waste a lot of fruitless
energy on account of most of them? Didn't most of them
turn out all right after all?
Dale Carnegie (1888-1955)
Nothing in the affairs of men is worthy of great anxiety.
Plato (BC 427-BC 347)
not worry; eat three square meals a day; say your prayers; be
courteous to your creditors; keep your digestion good;
exercise; go slow and easy. Maybe there are other things
your special case requires to make you happy, but my friend,
these I reckon will give you a good lift.
Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865)
Politician. President of the United States
in my business career I learned the folly of worrying
about anything. I have always worked as hard as I could,
but when a thing went wrong and could not be righted, I
dismissed it from my mind.
in my business career I learned the folly of
worrying about anything. I have always worked
as hard as I could, but when a thing went
wrong and could not be righted, I dismissed it
from my mind.
nothing but what thy industry may prevent; be
confident of nothing but what fortune cannot
defeat; it is no less folly to fear what is
impossible to be avoided than to be secure
when there is a possibility to be deprived.
nothing but what thy industry may prevent; be confident
of nothing but what fortune cannot defeat; it is no
less folly to fear what is impossible to be avoided than
to be secure when there is a possibility to be
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Clichs of Socialism
"The government can do it cheaper because it doesn't have to make a profit."
As any schoolboy
knows, if there are two or more manufacturers of widgets
supplying a given market, the one whose costs of
production are lower will be more likely to profit from his
work. And the one whose costs are higher may just break
even or show a loss instead of a profit.
In markets for most goods and services,
competition for customers tends to keep prices down. Each
seller has to meet or beat competition pricewise if he
expects to sell his wares. So, the one who can
produce and market an item more efficiently stands the
better chance of attracting customers and gaining profits.
Profits, in other words, are not something a
producer arbitrarily adds to his costs of production to
arrive at a selling price. The selling price is determined
by competition; and profits, if any, are earned
by cutting costs and operating efficiently.
it may be that there are so few willing buyers
of widgets-so little market demand for them-that no producer
could possibly make and sell them at a profit. So, there
wouldn't be any free-enterprise production of
widgets. Whereupon, some widget enthusiast will
come forth with the recommendation that the government do
the job, arguing that the government can do it cheaper
because it doesn't have to make a profit!
hard facts of life are that if customers really
want something, the price they are willing to pay will be
high enough to allow one or more producers to make and sell
the item at a profit. But if there are no
willing customers for an item, there will be no production
or to buy it at a price higher than he'd freely pay.
us suppose that there is a demand for widgets,
and that the price is high enough to afford one or more
producers a profit. In all probability, there will be one or
perhaps several less efficient widget makers
just breaking even or showing loss instead of profit. Total
production is enough to satisfy the market demand at, let us
say, a dollar a widget. What if the government
starts producing profitless widgets in this situation, and
the price drops somewhat? Immediately, the less efficient
widget makers are out of business-bankrupt. But the
most efficient private operators may be able to
sell at the lower price and still make some profit.
any event, the profitable operators in any
business are not the ones who keep prices high. It is the
high-cost, profitless, marginal producer whose costs of
production have to be covered by the market
price in order to call forth his limited output and thus
balance supply and demand at that price. And that marginal,
high-cost producer is always the first to be
driven out when the government enters the business.
is no evidence that any government ever has
made a profit in any business venture. This is merely to say
that economic activity is not within the competence of
government. Indeed, it's impossible to tell what
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Where is that country we used to know?..
the America of yesterday you paid your debts as
quickly as possible, and went without things, to do it. You
disciplined your children-but disciplined
yourself, first. You spent less than you earned, and
demanded your government to do the same. You went to church,
your children to Sunday School, you held daily
prayers-and no court would have dared to interpose any
law into your private religion. You would have been
horrified at (and quick to change) men in high places who
made "deals". You expected to prosper only by doing a
better and better job. You obeyed the law-but took
active enough part in government to see that the laws were
just. You "walked softly but carried a big stick". And that
was the character which brought this
country victory in three wears in your lifetime, built it
back from a shattering depression, and fed and saved the
civilized world. Is there enough of it left, to do it again?
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1812: The Navy's War
the bicentennial commemorations of the War of 1812 ongoing there is
sure to be a wave of books covering the conflict on the way. I don't
pretend to know the merits of these future publications, but I can
recommend one that is already available at a bookstore near you. 1812: The Navy's War,
by George Daughan, gives the War of 1812 the treatment it so richly
deserves. Despite the title the book doesn't limit its scope to the
naval action of the war, but broadens to include the politics and land
war, which makes it a must read for anyone trying to understand that
period in American history.
a sense of author George Daughan's scholarly yet readable style as well
as the story of how the USS Constitution earned her nickname "Old
Ironsides," enjoy the following excerpt.
Constitution had a complement of 456 men and was rated at forty-four
guns but mounted fifty-six, including thirty twenty-four-pound long
guns on the main deck, twenty-four thirty-two-pound carronades on the
spar deck, and two long eighteen-pounders at the bow. (Carronades were
small, lightweight cannon with wide, short barrels that had a limited
effective range of less than five hundred yards but fired large-caliber
projectiles.) The Guerriere - undermanned as most British warships -
had a crew of only 272, not counting the Americans aboard. She was
rated at thirty-eight guns and carried forty-nine. On her main deck
thirty eighteen-pound long guns were mounted, and on her spar deck she
had sixteen thirty-two-pound carronades, two long twelves, and a
twelve-pound howitzer. The Constitution's broadside in weight of metal
was a potent 762 pounds, while the Guerriere's was a bit more than 550.
The quality of the officers and crews of both ships, which in the end
would make the difference, could not be so easily measured.
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The First Fast Response Cutter The first of the Sentinel class is operational and homeported.
Coast Guard's leadership says that the commissioning of the first new
Sentinel-class fast response cutter (FRC) is ushering in a long-awaited
and critically needed Coast Guard capability.
era officially dawned on April 14, 2012, as the service brought the
first ship in that class, the Bernard C. Webber (WPC 1101), into the
operational fold in a ceremony in full view of downtown Miami, Fla.,
and into the shadow of commercial shipping and passenger vessels over
which the Coast Guard routinely watches.
ship was put into service by its crew of 23 Coast Guard crewmembers
commanded by Lt. Cmdr. Herb Eggert, who has been working on the fast
response cutter program since the service first started designing the
ship in the mid-2000s.
on as the ship hoisted its traditional commissioning pennant was a
large contingent of senior city and senior government officials, as
well as many friends, acquaintances, and admirers of the ship's
namesake, Chief Warrant Officer Bernard C. Webber, USCG (Ret.).
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The U.S. Navy of 2030
ahead is always daunting; crystal balls are not what they once were.
If you were looking 20-odd years ahead in, say, 1975, when the Soviets
seemed to be doing rather well in the Cold War, would you have imagined
that the Soviet Union itself was not long for the world? On the other
hand, you probably would have understood the potential for technology.
two big developments were better command and control through more
powerful computers, and stealth. The most important U.S. Navy systems
of the early 1990s were already embryonic in 1975. You might even have
noticed that a lot of the technology around you seemed to be improving
more and more slowly. In some way, once the easy quick steps had been
taken, it took longer and longer for a great deal of technological
effort to make a visible difference.
have a Navy for three reasons. One is that we want to deal with
threats as far from the United States as possible. Only a navy can stay
in place near foreign shores, on a sustained basis, without local
permission. Our crystal ball is unlikely to tell us what problems we
will face in 2030, but we certainly expect to remain a world power, and
world powers always face foreign problems. This first reason is
sometimes called presence (for deterrence), and sometimes power
projection (when deterrence does not work). Ballistic-missile submarines
exemplify presence. The most recent form of power projection has been
the war in Afghanistan. In case that does not seem very naval, remember
that without the fleet in the Arabian Sea, we would not have been able
to fight in Afghanistan in the first place when we got there in 2003.
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US honors S. Korean killed in daring
Kim Jae-gwon, daughter of late Kim Jae-hyun, right, receives a
certificate of appreciation from retired U.S. Army four-star general,
Walter L. Sharp at the Korea-U.S. Combined Forces Command in Seoul,
South Korea, Tuesday, June 26, 2012. The U.S. military said Kim, then
28-year-old civilian, volunteered to engineer a train carrying 30
commandos on a mission to save Maj. Gen. William Dean on July 19, 1950.
Dean had been surrounded in Daejeon by North Korean soldiers after the
North invaded on June 25 to start the Korean War. The train made it to
the Daejeon station but the mission failed. U.S. officials said Kim and
27 of the commandos were killed. (AP Photo/Hye Soo-nah) (Hye Soo-nah)
South Korea - U.S. military officials are honoring a South Korean
train engineer who died on a dangerous mission to rescue an American
general in the early days of the Korean War.
U.S. Eighth Army
Commander Lt. Gen. John Johnson on Tuesday gave relatives of Kim
Jae-hyun the U.S. Defense Secretary's Exceptional Public Service Award.
U.S. military says the 28-year-old civilian volunteered to engineer a
train carrying 30 commandos on a mission to save Maj. Gen. William Dean
on July 19, 1950. Dean's division had been surrounded by North Korean
soldiers in Daejeon during the North's push south after invading on
June 25 to start the Korean War.
The train made it to the
Daejeon station but the mission failed and Dean was later captured.
U.S. officials say Kim and 27 of the commandos were killed.
Four seconds in Afghanistan:
Was it combat, or a crime?
seasoned Army sergeant makes a split-second decision to stop a
possible bombing. Now he's stunned to be charged with negligent
Sgt. 1st Class Walter Taylor's life collapsed in four interminable seconds in a dusty field in central Afghanistan.
His convoy was reeling
from a roadside bomb, his fellow soldiers were engaged in combat with
insurgents - and a mysterious black car had just screeched to a stop in
the middle of the firefight. Some nine minutes later, a black door
Second 1: A figure dressed in dark, bulky clothing emerges.
Second 2: The figure begins walking toward the trunk.
3: Taylor, with five wounded comrades behind him, sees a thin trigger
wire seeming to snake directly toward the black car. Could there be a
second bomb in the trunk?
Second 4: Taylor squeezes the trigger on his M-4 carbine. The figure crumples to the dirt.
figure was not an insurgent, but Dr. Aqilah Hikmat, a 49-year-old
mother of four who headed the obstetrics department at the nearby Ghazni
provincial hospital. Also dead inside the car were Hikmat's
18-year-old son and her 16-year-old niece. Hikmat's husband, in the
front seat, was wounded.
prosecutors say Hikmat's killing in July 2011 was not just a casualty
of combat, but a crime. Charged with negligent homicide and dereliction
of duty, Taylor will face a hearing June 19 before a U.S. military
judge in Germany to determine whether the case goes to a full
court-martial, with the possibility of three years in prison.
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