From someone who has been out for 32 years and doesn't know diddly squat anymore.
However (comma) I do remember a few basics.
|Recently while rummaging around through
junk in the attic my wife found a USN course completion certificate from
the early 1970s. It was still in that el-cheapo standard Navy issue black
frame. The kind that were much used at the time for letters of commendation
and the like.
It was from a Chief Petty Officer Management Course promoted by our SubFlot that I had attended. It had a big fancy gold star looking thing in the corner of it and was done up in a kind of olde English printing. A very impressive looking document it was too.
As I recall the course was REALLY, REALLY big on a popular thing of the day called "Transactional Analysis". It also had a lot of stuff thrown into the mix that was straight out of something that was likewise the popular rage of the day called "I'm OK. You're OK".
We did a lot of "team building" problem solving exercises too: building stuff... projects and the like.
As we were all Submarine Chiefs from various commands we naturally took a highly skeptical typical "sewer pipe sailor" approach to the whole deal. But we behaved like our mothers had taught us and politely kept our misgivings to ourselves and played along with the "facilitators" pitch for a week. They were just good Sailors doing their job and besides it wasn't all that bad. Plus they always had fresh doughnuts and coffee in the morning. (A big budget BuPers deal I suppose). Hey - I never got doughnuts in Navy Motion Picture Operator school.
To tell the truth it was kind of interesting to me - and I guess to the other guys as well - but frankly I never found a thing in the course that I ever (knowingly) used. Perhaps at some deep subliminal level some of it may have stuck in my brain. Maybe even influenced me in some subtle way I wasn't aware of. I kinda doubt it. Dunno.
Personally, for my daily leadership challenges, I always drew upon my remembered experiences and observations of how some of the worst leaders (aka assholes) I had seen performed as I came up. And of course I used the examples set by the finest leaders I had served under or had observed. Always tried to avoid the pitfalls I had seen in the WORST and to emulate the qualities of the BEST and to ask myself the question, "Now I wonder how old Chief such-n-such would handle this situation?"
My take --- among the Chiefs I knew in the Submarine Force at the time --- was that we all approached leadership pretty much the same way.
To wit... we followed a few basic rules and I guess it all seemed fairly straightforward to us:
Oh - and that framed certificate? I
removed the certificate and put it in my USN retired folder.
Told my wife she is OK. She told me I am OK. And then we had a coffee.