Recently I started reading a blog called FaST Surgeon (in Afghanistan). The blog is written by a U.S. Army doctor on the front lines in Afghanistan. The writing is exceptional and the photography only adds to the story telling. Today's post included the NCO Creed, which explains the behavior of non-commissioned officers (basically sargeants). Excerpting from the Creed, the following points apply to management (regardless of occupation):
- The two basic responsibilities are "accomplish the mission" and "look after my people"
- I will strive to remain technically and tactically proficient
- All employees are entitled to outstanding leadership; I will provide that leadership
- I will be fair and impartial when recommending both rewards and punishment
- Superiors will have maximum time to accomplish their duties; they will not have to accomplish mine
- I will exercise initiative by taking appropriate action in the absence of orders
- I will not compromise my integrity, nor my moral courage
"Accomplish the mission" is probably the idea most overlooked today in management with many focused on self-advancement and money. However, my favorite is number 6--take initiative in the absence of orders. This is a key to building a great company.
Morality was covered in the Ten Commandments. The U.S. Army reduced management to only eight. Finance is probably three ;)
Note: FaST-Forward Surgical Team; the full NCO Creed is in the post referenced above.