Monday, April 8, 2013

Competence

competence

Great post by CDR Heritage.

Another great post by CDR Heritage:

http://seanheritage.com/blog/competence-authority/

My favorite part:

Be so good that others want to involve you.  Be so good that the team knows they are lesser without you.  Don’t be preoccupied with the authority you do not have.  Focus on demonstrating competence, earning confidence, and the rest will happen.

I've heard so many silly myths about performance as a junior officer:

- That your LTJG and ENS FITREPs don't matter.
- That it's the job title, not the performance, that counts.
- That until you have a DIVO or DH job, you can't make a difference.

I have an officer at my command that has done nothing but complain about every single job he was placed in. He's leaving soon (not soon enough!), but hasn't made any sort of positive impact on his sailors or the command. And yet, the officers that have taken over the jobs that he left have made a huge difference with them same set of sailors, and been recognized by the command for it. Some of us have a phrase for it: Bloom where you are planted.

You can make a difference in almost any job, with any set of sailors. It's not a Cinderella story, it's reality. 

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