As of today, there are about 950 posts on theleansubmariner. (Some have been archived for now) I started writing the blog in 2011 and its been a joy to share stories that I have created, stories from history, stories about national and international events and stories about subjects that mean something to me and apparently […]Read More Letters to the Editor (That would be me)
Where are the fathers? Happy Father’s Day. The words come tripping off the tongue with such ease, we forget what they are supposed to mean. We forget that this was meant to be the one day in the year where we could pay honor and respect to the men who didn’t just help to create […]Read More Happy Father’s Day 2020… to the Dad’s who didn’t quit
Chapter 16: Evasion, Survival and Escape I have always loved the SEABEEs. From the first time I saw Fighting SEABEEs with John Wayne until I got much older and saw some of their handiwork, I was always impressed with the Naval Construction Battalions. To be able to drive a bulldozer while killing the […]Read More SEABEE Combat Handbook Chapter 16: Evasion, Survival and Escape
One of the oldest sayings I can remember about the even temperedness of being a submariner was something that I heard a junior officer relay to the Captain during a multiple casualty on the George Washington. We had just had a very stressful few weeks in a sea tossed by typhoons and generally bad weather. […]Read More Me? Stressed??? No. I am quite sure the flooding will put the fire out
Admiral Rickover’s Rules “Since the end of World War II, the number of high-grade civilians in relation to the total (federal) government workforce has steadily increased to the point where we have more managers and checkers than we have doers. Our senior employees have been schooled in this “new” philosophy which holds that, as long […]Read More Admiral Rickover’s Rules
The Leadership Conundrum A conundrum is described as a problem that is difficult to deal with. The Navy spends a lot of time in the education and development of its leadership. The organization has evolved over the centuries from a very autocratic structure that involved corporal punishment to a more nuanced organization that recognizes the […]Read More The Leadership Conundrum – Dealing with People
Course Corrections – Where the hell are we? Recently I wrote a story about five submarines that lost their way on a scheduled mission. https://theleansubmariner.com/2020/02/28/lost-boats-an-occupational-hazard-in-1920/ For five days these boats were unaccounted for and fleet leaders had to send out a number of vessels to locate them. In the end. All made it safely back […]Read More Course Corrections – Where the hell are we?
I want a raise. Of course I want a raise. Sadly, I am retired and no one pays me to write this blog. But the natural reaction for many people during any change in business is to expect some kind of pay increase. I mean, I came to work nearly all of last year. The […]Read More I want a raise – Where is my cut?
It has been nearly forty eight years since I learned my first lesson on leadership. In June of 1972, I headed off to boot camp to join the thousands of other young men about to become part of the US Navy. Boot Camp is the testing period where you are physically challenged, mentally strengthened […]Read More Leadership Lessons from a Mop
I know that you typically look for submarine stories here at TLS. At last count, I think there are over 860 stories. Hopefully, that number will continue to grow. But every once in a while, I think its good to remember why I started writing the blog beyond a good sea story. I have been […]Read More Management Versus Leadership – A Primer for the 21st Century