Far from it, as regular readers here would know.
I haven't read all of Don's book; frankly I haven't been able to bring myself to. After hearing him speak, however, I'm going to sit down and read it.
Don's premise is there are nine leadership qualities which are exhibited in the Coast Guard & by Coast Guard people & supported by Coast Guard culture:
- Promote team over self
- Eliminate the frozen middle
- Cultivate caring relationships
- Build strong alliances
- Make change the norm
- Encourage decisiveness
- Empower the young
- Give the field the priority
- Honor history and tradition
Usually, I find the examples of people not doing these things; I think that is the cynic in me. To hear Phillips talk, however, reminded me of the good however.
So, for me, it's back to reading the book. And, perhaps it is time for me to take a new perspective, to attempt to view the Coast Guard from the outside and see the strengths, rather than viewing from the inside and seeing only the flaws and imperfections.