Recognizing Your Sailors

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…  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.

DOWNLOAD AWARDS WRITING GOUGE:
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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