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  1. tug_boat

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  2. Capt MJ

    Capt MJ 5-Year Member

    Sep 27, 2008
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    So true. I worked for a tremendously smart 3-star (had them by age 48) who drilled into us : (1) See if you can say "yes" instead of an immediate "no," when asked by subordinate units for something different than past policy. If you hadn't done your homework (staffwork) in this area, you would be undone by "tell me why we can't or shouldn't say yes." (2) "If the regulation/policy was not brought down from a mountain inscribed on a stone tablet, it can be changed." Learning those lessons made me a better leader when in operational billets away from the staff.

    And, I am still fond of "The Doctrine of Completed Staff Work," having been schooled on that as a first-time staff officer, and in turn, schooling others.

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