Recognizing Your Sailors

Posted: June 25, 2015 in Uncategorized

Leadership is about trust, care, concern, humility, and understanding. If you build and develop those you lead, if you make them better, and add value to their lives then you will have earned their trust and loyalty.

If your sailors are actively engaged in the mission and have the ability to take action to deliver positive results in an environment where they’re valued for their contribution, it generates positive emotions between your people and the personnel they’re assisting. Your sailors will work harder and push themselves if they know you recognize their efforts. Recognition is a motivator.

I make it a rule to submit at least one sailor for BJOQ/JSOQ/SOQ/SSOQ each quarter. Yes, you will have substandard performers. Yes, you will have sailors that ONLY come to work and do the minimum. There will be those meeting average expectations. But, somewhere in the mix of personnel under your leadership, you should be able to identify at least one candidate. In the event this is not possible, it’s time to re-evaluate your leadership and identify where you’re failing to mentor and develop them to their full potential. Writing packages shouldn’t feel like a chore. You should feel proud of their desire to excel and put every effort into writing their nomination package. Write the package AROUND the grading criteria. Education, collateral duties, command impact, leadership, qualifications earned, mentorship, awards, etc… Employ a similar strategy you might use when writing evals. Constructing good statements is important. Focus on the action, state the benefits of the actions, and quantify the results.

Here are some attachments you may find useful. You have the ability to postively influence the careers of people that work for you. Sometimes it’s the simplest gestures that make the most significant differences. There are always two choices. Two paths to take. One is easy. And its only reward is that it’s easy. Take care of your people!

DOWNLOAD AWARDS WRITING GOUGE:
AWARDS WRITING GOUGE

DOWNLOAD EVAL HELPER:
EVAL HELPER

DOWNLOAD Evaluation Writing Guide:
Evaluation Writing Guide

EVAL WRITING TIPS and TRICKS:
EVAL WRITING TIPS and TRICKS

DOWNLOAD SAILOR OF THE YEAR PROGRAM 1700.10M :
SOY Program 1700.10M

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Comments
  1. J.M. Moore says:

    Well said shipmate! 🙂 Supply Dept. should always win one of the awards, if the package is written up great, and the Sailor prepped for the board. Hands down biggest impact performers on the ship.

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    • exemplifying says:

      Thank you! My feelings exactly. Generally, there will always be a few candidates that weren’t aware of the board, didn’t prepare, and/or their LPO didn’t touch on some key points to ensure their sailor puts their best foot forward. It’s unfortunate but it’s a reality.

      I have a passion for seeing Supply Department personnel getting recognition. 🙂

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