Welcome! The intention of this blog is to introduce Navy Rules and Regulation references, provide information on career enhancement and introduce aspects of Navy customs and culture. Establishing a foundational point of reference is vital to career progression and management. Your questions, comments and discussion points are encouraged and vital to the process of continued learning both on the part of the audience, as well as for me, your guide through this process. In order for me to grow as a leader and practice the same philosophies suggested within this forum, I must be open to learning from you.


It's the NEW YEAR! This is a perfect opportunity to reflect on the lessons you've learned from your actions which have resulted in positive and negative outcomes. All positive and negative outcomes create information to be considered in similar situations. Rarely is there permanence to positive or negative actions, there is always an opportunity to gain experience. Replicate what works, change what does not.


Throughout the course of history, military formations on the battlefield have required some adjustment based on victory and loss. In the New Year, consider victories and losses to utilize outcomes and adjust your formation in life. Take time to reflect, adjust your steps and assure you are aligned with individuals who will be a positive influence. Not only in formation is it necessary to DRESS RIGHT DRESS, but as well in life!


READY FRONT!


Now well into the New Year, likely it is that you've achieved some of your goals or established habits which help you eventually realize goals you set approximately a month ago. This demonstrates your ambition! What balances ambition is humility and your ability to be humble...which together equals humbition!


Urban Dictionary fans can find 'humbition' in the Urban Dictionary. The origin of the word stems from the corporate world where successful business leaders have recognized the importance of leadership and the link to humility. A good leader is confident, yes, but not arrogant. Great leaders understand that in order for others to follow willingly to achieve a goal, they have to feel valued and as a part of a team.


Imagine that as a unit leader, you wanted to accomplish the task of assuring that your unit was well prepared for a uniform inspection. The best way to go about passing a uniform inspection is to work together as a team. If you're assigned as the Chief, your responsibility is to assure you have your own uniform squared away in order to establish an example for others. Rather than ordering those in your unit for whom you are responsible the task of preparing for the uniform inspection and expecting perfection, as a humble leader, provide guidance and be open to methods of teaching and coaching recommended by those who serve as a part of your unit as well.


Continue working on your goals and remain confident in your ability to achieve those goals. As in last month's blog remember to cover down and in doing so, mentor those around you and lead with ambition AND HUMILITY! Have and practice HUMBITION and express GRATITUDE to those around you!


© 2019 by USNSCC Marvin Shields SeaBee Battalion. 

Bartow, Florida

(863) 409-6493