Discussion in 'Merchant Marine Academy - USMMA' started by usmmasoccermom, Jul 30, 2010.
Is the rumor true that the class of 2014 has finally received their computers?
I do not know about the whole class but I do know that my DS has.
Yes, they have arrived, everyone was smiling. Email does not work exactly though.
Use Facebook and leave email for the academy.
computers for plebe class
My son is in company 3 and his email works great. It is so nice to have
the daily contact back even if it is one short sentence that he's doing fine.
Yes, remember that they get piles of official emails all the time. They will monitor email for the latest change in official uniform or notice of where they have to be in 20 minutes! Please understand when they get frustrated that their email is overflowing! Any of you who dread looking at your piles of work emails after a vacation can begin to understand what they deal with on a regular basis.
Yes, "leadership" by email. It's becoming pervasive throughout the military and is I believe an unintended consequence of constant communication.
They'll quickly learn how to set up the "rules" in outlook for certain emails to make them automatically disappear into the trash.
Laptops yes, Printers No?
In the "Logging In" reporting instructions, it states that included with purchase of laptops will be a desktop printer (among a few other things like cables etc and software...). DS informed today that no printer included in package now. Is this true? Is this b/c the change of supplier from HP to Dell? In short, do we have a run on the NEX for printers or do we wait to see what shakes out?
Good Question. My son said the same thing. He told me he was going to look on line to buy a printer. If one is coming I will tell him to hold off.
"Leadership" by email is indeed a growing and pervasive trend in the Military, in Industry (especially large corporations), and sadly from what I've seen and heard from my own DS - at USMMA. It's also quite ineffective and pretty much an "oxymoron". I 'll continue to say this and talk about it until someone can show me an example where a group has been "inspired to greatness and accomplishment" by email, twitter, or social media of any sort.
I say this as someone who has been in the tech industry for 28 years now and who had email before it was email, etc. Don't get me wrong, I've seen email and social media used very effectively to keep leaders connected with their "troops" over the years. In fact I used to marvel how fast and effectively Bill Gates would use it to get the word out as to his views and get feedback on them from the then over 8,000 Microsoft employees in the mid-90's (15+ years ago). I used to love being able to send status on what was going on at our field site to my boss's boss's boss upon his request via a PROFS "note" 26 years ago at Sperry and how much time and effort is saved.
I could go on but the key point's here are:
1) Gate's efforts were effective and a part of his leadership style for sure, however they were only a part of it. Before he was able to effectively capitalize on the technology to short circuit layers of bureaucracy, etc without creating lots of negative, unintended consequences, the insensitive, one-way direction email communications can create if abused - he needed to and did create a corporate culture that was effective, homogeneous and supportive of the use of such technologies and approaches - and totally intolerant of abuses of the convenience that technology enables.
2) In the numerous companies that now utilize these technologies, etc. the first level of Senior/Executive Management usually set that same sort of tone for their down-line in order to modulate the sorts of things that KP2001 alludes to with regard to "over-flowing" In Boxes. I for one would love to see the next version of MS Outlook to include the deletion of the "Reply All" option as I find it the item that enables the most abuse of email. When I was one of those first level Senior/Executive Managers at a very large corporation, I tried to take 2-4 hours once every other week to go back through my in box and find emails from young, rising stars who had basically used the "reply all" on an email or item to accomplish that key learned bureaucratic skill - "CYA", and let them know in the end all they had done was alert me to a fact they might want to rethink. That fact being that now instead of now focusing solely on how they could succeed and in so doing propel the organization and their careers forward, they were also spending time and effort insulating themselves, though not the organization, from potential failures which might slow their rise through the ranks. In other instances when the abuse was less obvious I would simply reply to them with a short email that said something on the order of:
Sorry for the ramble but this is a pet peeve - one which now I am a senior executive in a mid-size (800+ employee) corporation vice a huge (100,000+ employee) corporation, I see much less frequently. However, it's clearly something that is eroding the effectiveness of many aspiring young leaders and otherwise tech-savvy progressive organizations today - IMO. I believe that at some point (hopefully sooner rather than later), this sort of thing will need to be actually taught as part of the leadership and ethics curricula that someone like Capt. Bonnadonna teaches at the USMMA.
Separate names with a comma.