Wardroom Training – Stoicism

This week’s Khaki / Wardroom training was on the article Stoicism – By the DailyStoic.com

Below were our questions and discussion points. 

  • What is the intent of philosophy?
  • How does the philosphy you learned in College differ from Stoicism?
  • What was your key exercise?
  • Are most of the things that frustrate us in the Navy inside our outside our control?
  • What can you apply today?

 

Wardroom Training – A Rude Awakening

This weeks Khaki / Wardroom training was on the Proceedings Article A Rude Awakening written by Lieutenant Mitch McGuffie.

Below were our questions and discussion points. 

  • What were the key differences between the US Navy Bridge Watch Team and the Royal Navy
  • What are the key training differences between the two Navy’s
  • When US Commanding Officers get uncomfortable with a situation what is our default response (A: throw more people at the problem)
    • How can throwing more people at a problem cause the problem to get even bigger?
  • What can our command do about this?
  • What can the Navy do about this?

 

Wardroom Training – One Mistake Should not Kill a Sailors Career

This weeks Khaki / Wardroom training was on the Proceedings Article One Mistake should not Kill a Sailors Career written by Petty Officer Third Class Heck.

Below were our questions and discussion points.  Continue reading “Wardroom Training – One Mistake Should not Kill a Sailors Career”

Meditations – On Anger.

This meditation is in the same vein as Marcus Aurelius Meditations. Marcus Aurelius was a stoic philosopher and the last of five “good” emperors of Rome. He wrote frequently in his journal meditations on life such as getting out of bed in the morning, the shortness of life and not being too proud of your position.

 

I do not get angry when my 40 year old back acts like an old man’s back Continue reading “Meditations – On Anger.”

Meditations – On the Corner Office.

This meditation is in the same vein as Marcus Aurelius Meditations. Marcus Aurelius was a stoic philosopher and the last of five “good” emperors of Rome. He wrote frequently in his journal meditations on life such as getting out of bed in the morning, the shortness of life and not being too proud of your position.

Today I moved into the Commander’s Corner office. It is a great office with three big windows and a great view.  I have a comfortable sitting area and nice wooden desk for meetings. I even have my own parking spot which my European car slides into quite easily.. Continue reading “Meditations – On the Corner Office.”

The Change Of Command Speech – A twist on the “thank everyone I know speech”.

With 18 years of Naval Service under my belt I’ve been to many, many change of command speeches. Some good, some not so; but they all follow a typical pattern.  The Presiding Officer first talks; he first thanks the crowd, distinguished guests, former CO, on going and off going Commanders and of course the team who got arrived at 0600 to set up the venue. Continue reading “The Change Of Command Speech – A twist on the “thank everyone I know speech”.”

Command Responsibility Pay & The Financial Cost of Command

I was incredulous the first time I heard about Navy Command pay.

Wait a minute, you mean that I get a corner office, get to command the Navy’s finest AND I get extra pay to do it?  What a deal! Continue reading “Command Responsibility Pay & The Financial Cost of Command”

Talking Points – Talking to Kids about Naval Service

BLUF: Tell the kids why you joined, what you did, why you choose to stay in and how they can service their country and community.

Tomorrow I don my uniform and head out to talk to my son’s cub scout den about Naval Service.

Truth be told I’m actually more nervous about talking to some 7-8 year old boys than my Change of Command Speech which is only a few days after. Continue reading “Talking Points – Talking to Kids about Naval Service”

Driving In Traffic Makes Me a better Naval Officer and Man.

I fundamentally believe that driving in San Diego rush hour traffic makes me a better Man, Husband and Naval Officer.

A few days ago someone did what drivers have been doing since the beginning of the Eisenhower Interstate System.  Cut me off. I had to swerve, hit the breaks and If I had not acted we would have had an accident.

While there was nothing remarkable about getting cut off, what was remarkable was  that my first emotion was not anger or even getting upset; my first emotion was humor. I laughed out loud slowed down and proceeded on my way. Continue reading “Driving In Traffic Makes Me a better Naval Officer and Man.”

My BWC / TAO / OOD Board Questions

BLUF: At its core a BWC / TAO / OOD is a position of trust. Not knowledge, not compantcy, not hard work can replace that trust. I must be able to look you in the eye and know that you will make the right decision on my behalf.

While knowledge is important, trust is even more important. That is why this is really more of a “discussion” than a “board”. I want to walk away trusting my new BWC, and I want my new BWC to walk away trusting me when he/she decides to wake me up at 2:00am Continue reading “My BWC / TAO / OOD Board Questions”