In a Crisis, Culture Matters: the Navy on 9/11

Within hours after the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2001, U.S. Navy aircraft carriers, destroyers and cruisers were in place to protect America’s shores. Naval leaders anticipated what had to be done and took action before they received orders. At the Pentagon in Washington, D.C., planning for America’s response began while fires from the attack still smoldered nearby.

The rapid response of the U.S. Navy on September 11 was in part due to the culture led by Admiral Vern Clark who served as the U.S. Chief of Naval Operations (CNO) from 2000 until his retirement in 2005.  The CNO is the principal naval adviser to the President and the Secretary of Defense on the conduct of war.  The Navy achieved some impressive gains during Clark’s tenure as CNO and the naval leaders I’ve met or spoken with have praised his leadership and positive impact.  By the time Clark retired as the second longest serving CNO in U.S. Navy history, he had led changes that would have a positive effect on the U.S. Navy for years to come.  Learn about Admiral Clark’s leadership of the U.S. Navy in an article I wrote for Leadership Excellence that you can read at this link

Links of Interest

Internet Making Us Lonely ? – When teaching seminars, I’m frequently asked if time spent online increases or decreases connection. The answer is, it depends.  If time spend online is used to organize connection offline, it has a positive impact.  If time spent online is used to try to connect online, it typically has a negative impact on connection.  This is based on the Carnegie Mellon study entitled “Internet Paradox Revisited.”  You can read it at this link.  In addition, here’s a thoughtful piece entitled “Is the Web Driving Us Mad?” that recently appeared in Newsweek.

Interview with Coaching Masters – Recently, I did an interview with Ago Cluytens of Coaching Masters in Switzerland. You can view it at this link.

Great New Book:  Never-Ending New Beginnings: A Manifesto on Personal Impact  by Lisa Haneberg.  Read about it here.

One-third of American Adults Over 45 Are Lonely – according to a study by the AARP you can read here.

Doctor Burnout  Widespread – read about it in The New York Times at this link.

Happiness at Work – Check out this terrific youtube video by Paul Herr, author of Primal Management.

Disconnection/Loneliness and Mental Health –  Two New York Times articles related to disconnection and mental health: “Before Gunfire, Hints of Bad News” on the Aurora, Colorado killer and “The Living Death of Solitary Confinement” on the effects of solitary confinement.

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