With the holidays in full swing, opportunities abound to recognize and celebrate your wins from the year. But before you throw the most epic of holiday parties, basking in the recognition of a job well done, consider this:
An obvious and often overlooked leadership responsibility is how you choose to filter the information around you. The danger for leaders comes in forgetting that we orient ourselves based on all our motivational and cognitive biases. In John Boyd’s OODA loop the first two steps, Observe and Orientate can be easily passed without active thought, we think we see and understand the world intuitively.
“It is more blessed to give than to receive” Years serving in the military have shown me that service members are naturally willing to give so much – even their lives if need be – to serve our great nation and accomplish their mission? But what drives them to be willing to make the sacrifice that so much of our nations prosperity rests on, how does the military tap into the “Power of Giving?”
It had been over three weeks since we had showered, it was still spring and the desert sun was only just beginning to really make itself felt. Our existence included living in our charcoal lined chemical suits 24 hours a day. Fortunately, the same charcoal designed to keep chemical agents out also kept the smell of our own body odor in.