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What Senior Leaders are Really Thinking

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What Senior Leaders are Really Thinking 
Check out the comments your senior leaders have made on how Navy’s inclusive culture and diverse workforce contribute to mission success and maximum possible performance.

Navy's Most Valuable Weapon
Hundreds of Sailors gathered at the annual Career Development Symposium (CDS) in San Diego, California in September to hear from senior leaders and learn more about Navy’s newest initiatives and policies, including changes to the enlisted detailing system, new performance evaluations, Ready Relevant Learning, Rating Modernization and the Blended Retirement System. Sailors also learned how to find their purpose at work and that inclusive leadership is the secret weapon of the Navy’s best leaders.
The Vice Chief of Naval Operations and the Chief of Naval Personnel, among other senior leaders, spoke to Sailors about how Navy is constantly working to better care for and develop Sailors. VCNO in particular emphasized that despite Navy’s new technologies and initiatives, Sailors are still Navy’s most valuable and lethal weapon – and inclusive leadership is the key to using that weapon effectively.
“The F-35 is coming into the fleet, the most modern airplane ever built and submarines are rolling off the production line brand new, but none of that matters unless we get good men and women, well-trained with experience and proficiency. This is the most important thing we do, right here. To figure out how we are going to develop and care for our team.”
To learn more about Navy’s Career Development Symposium, click here.
    September 22, 2017

Pulling Together as a Diverse Team

CNO Announces Operational Pause, Investigation Following USS John McCain Collision


     CNO’s comments after the USS John McCain collision and subsequent operational pause speak to the value of pulling together as a diverse team during times of crisis.

     “I want this to be a broad and diverse team, including officers and enlisted from across the Navy and also people outside of the Navy, the other Services and the private sector. I want this team to be as diverse as they can be so that we don’t miss anything in our review.”

     Diversity brings different perspectives to a tough situation and increases our ability to problem solve. Those different perspectives or lenses are how we see the many sides of an issue. They allow us to notice a flaw in the current way of doing business or training that others would never see.  Finding that flaw and revising processes to address it could save lives.


     August 21, 2017


Achieving Distributed Lethality by Leveraging Inclusion

     Vice Admiral Tom Rowden, Commander, Naval Surface Forces, the "SWO Boss", kicked off the 2017 Surface Warfare Summit with a call to action for his officers to be inclusive leaders who are high velocity learners, smarter and tougher than ever, as they train to fight a potential 21st century sea battle.

     "This conference is designed to create an environment that brings a wide range of disparate entities together to help each other understand the future we face and how we'll confront it. The idea we like here is, 'All are smarter than one of us.'  VADM Rowden actively included conference participants in discussing "distributed lethality" which seeks to widely disperse warships to put a potential enemy at risk of destruction from many different vessels. Leveraging the participants' experiences and knowledge, encouraging the testing of assumptions and constant refining of the detailed tactics and operations promises to improve the operational effectiveness of our Navy's surface force. 

     August 15, 2017 


Why the Best Leaders Sit on the Side of the Table

Admiral Scott Swift on Leadership, Risk, and a Life in the U.S. Navy

     I would say the leadership style I try to emulate is to be inclusive. Leaders that I admire most are those leaders that have pursued an inclusive leadership style. As opposed to the opposite  an exclusive leadership style one that excludes other opinions, one that excludes ideas that don’t match with their view of the world. Part of that inclusive leadership is uncertainty, it’s an important element. And it’s not something that is to be diminished but recognized and accounted for.”


     August 14, 2017


Our Future Success

CNP Highlights Sailor 2025 and Stresses Mentorship During NNOA Symposium 

     "We are one Navy Team - a mosaic of America - and our future success is intrinsically linked to our ability to leverage the diverse resources, skills, capabilities, and talents of our people. The strength of our service is our diversity - diversity of thought, of education and background. We need it at every level, in every command, and at every decision table throughout the Fleet and must work every day to build and maintain a workforce that reflects the nation we serve."


     June 26, 2017



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