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May the Culture Change Force be with you…

We are working with a fabulous client in the Oil & Gas industry to help them transform their culture into a High Reliability Organization based on the principles of the US Nuclear Navy. They are already doing great work but want to be even better and it’s exciting...

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Self Licking Ice Cream Cones

I am not sure when I first heard the phrase "Self Licking Ice Cream Cone" but it stuck in my head. I think it was around 2002 when I was a Junior Board Member on the Pacific Fleet Nuclear Propulsion Examining Board (NPEB). The NPEB is tasked to essentially conduct an...

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Get Comfortable Being Uncomfortable…

There are a lot of stories and folklore about the interviews that Admiral Hyman G. Rickover, the Father of the Nuclear Navy, conducted on prospective nuclear officer candidates. These are not fiction. I have spoken to many officers who were interviewed by the KOG -...

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Single Stick Submarine Driving

  Have you ever watched the television show "Undercover Boss"? The show can be a little sappy and overly dramatic. Most bosses that go on the show end up in tears and it seems a little staged quite frankly because they always stumble upon the employee that is...

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Cannonballs and OODA Loops

"Don't polish the cannonball!!!" We were in the submarine attack trainer in Groton, Connecticut. It was 1995 and I was a young officer stationed on USS NARWHAL (SSN 671) a Cold War nuclear attack submarine. As part of my Command Qualification process, I was playing...

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Human-proofing your Operations

Last week marked the twelve year anniversary of the Texas City Refinery Disaster where 15 workers died. I study this tragedy because it is so rich with lessons. I would rather study positive success stories but I guess my natural inclination is to gravitate to these...

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It Is The Critic That Counts…Wait, What?

It Is The Critic That Counts…Wait, What? Actually I really like the quote from President Theodore Roosevelt about “The Man in the Arena.” I like it so much I included it in my change of command speech when I was leaving USS KEY WEST (SSN 722). I wanted my crew to know...

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Inconceivable Leadership

Inconceivable Leadership   “Delegation” – You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means. Early in my Naval Officer career, we would be told we needed to learn how to delegate if we wanted to be effective leaders. I see that advice...

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Up Scope – The Look Around

Up Scope – The Look Around Managing Risk is certainly something all leaders at all levels must learn how to master. You can create probability versus outcome matrices, Key Performance Indicators, stop light charts, risk registers, Monte Carlo probability analyses,...

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Think Like Mush

Think Like Mush Mush? This sounds like a bad breakfast cereal, doesn’t it? Of course, I am talking about Commander Dudley “Mush” Morton, World War II Submarine Captain of USS WAHOO, not a warm bowl of cornmeal. Perhaps you have never heard of Mush but he is my...

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ALL BACK EMERGENCY

ALL BACK EMERGENCY In the spring of 2008, USS KEY WEST (SSN 722) was underway on nuclear power from Pearl Harbor Naval Shipyard. It was a pretty short underway from the Shipyard piers to the Submarine Base piers, but it was historic for me. I had taken command in the...

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