Professional knowledge and skills of the officer. Learn to be proficient in speaking and writing. Leadership skills. Professional knowledge and skills of the officer.
U. S. Department of Defense, Information Service.
Do any job perfectly, no matter what you are given.
Identify the kind of work you enjoy, and then find a way to do that particular job.
Become a specialist in your particular job, then expand your specialization at every opportunity to qualify for a comparatively better job.
Learn the intricacies of the system. Everything that concerns your profession, all its rules are clearly stated by the leadership of each type of service. You need to know them, if you do not know the rules, then you will not be able to “play”.
Learn to be proficient in speaking and writing.
Get to know people well, your social circle. They are the ones who will shape you.
Apply for whatever job you want. Never ask to quit your job. Only ask for a transfer for the best work.
Your word is your commitment, never make an ill-conceived promise of courtesy.
Don't try to be everything to everyone. Be the best who you are and how you are expected to be.
It is worth voluntarily offering your services often, but always thoughtfully.
People like it when there are cheerful people around. Be cheerful too.
Always try to be a little better than you think you are.
“First is the ability to instill trust and confidence. It starts with the manifestation of professional competence. An officer's ability to show his qualifications and knowledge inspires people. They will willingly carry out his orders if they see that the officer is right.
The second key element of leadership is decency. Subordinates will readily follow the officer if he shows that his every step is motivated by a sense of duty and confidence in the rightness of his cause, and not by any personal benefit. The concept of decency also includes personal courage.”
Professional knowledge and skills of the officer
“The study of human nature, in particular, in the conditions of military service, constantly requires a significant amount of time. Your interest is to focus on the character of the person.”
“Ideally, an officer should be able to do the work of anyone who serves under him. But we live in a far from ideal world. Our system has become so complex and technocratic that, except perhaps in the simplest situations, the ideal cannot be achieved if you want the job to be done. However, it is extremely important that the officer knows how to do it and shows an understanding of all the difficulties that subordinates face in their work, so that it will be possible and effective to lead it.
What knowledge should an officer have? A realistic answer can be obtained as follows: it is important to be able to distinguish the ability to do a job well from the ability to determine that it is done well.
The mastering of his job by an officer is facilitated by the constant observance of this principle. The best method is to study and continually revise the criteria. And in order to correctly assess the quality of work and the diligence of subordinates, it is necessary to delve into the essence and objectives of all operations.
Patiently delving into one detail after another, one by one, over and over again - this is the first rule of successful work. All professionals love to talk about their work. The interest in her flatters the person. And you can replenish knowledge only by listening carefully to others. The paths to competent judgment are studying books, taking specialized courses, receiving qualified comments from higher and lower levels, as well as the experience gained by people."
The mastery of self-expression
This is what distinguishes perfection from simple competence. All other things being equal, an officer who has tried to master the ability to write well and the skills of cultural oral speech will be able to advance in service faster, will be a more effective commander, and will be more useful for military service and the country.
The ability to convey information clearly and locally is a gift of fate for both the boss and subordinates.
“In the texts written by the military, the content is important above all.
Taking into account the specifics of the services and the difference in the interests of the officer corps, it is important that the recommended literature becomes only the basis for the selection of books in accordance with the interests of each officer separately. Everyone will nevertheless need to acquire a working library of classics that will give direction to thoughts and which can be referred to as needed. The purpose of such a library is to find out how the author interpreted this or that problem, to develop the ability to agree or disagree with the author, and the most important thing is to develop your own ability to think, observe and record conclusions on paper."
Rules for expressing your thoughts
• the simpler something is said, the more it affects the readers;
• there is always the best word to convey a thought or sensation, and using a weaker “substitute” instead will weaken the impact of the written;
• Thrifty use of words enhances what is written.
The art of learning.
“Teaching is the primary and most important task of every officer. The officer will always be either at the school or preparing fresh replenishment until the day of his retirement comes."
“Showing others how to learn and self-learn is the essence of learning. Teaching or learning what is taught is the most important duty of any officer. And it may not be in the classroom, but it will be training sessions nonetheless.
To become a teacher, you need to know the subject, know the students, and have the ability to communicate. Moreover, one is no less important than the other and the third. Rarely, if any of the subjects, do not induce (after assimilation) certain behavioral changes. But the main thing is which of the new knowledge has settled and is retained.
Everyone can learn. Some learn faster than others. A visual example is one of the best training tools and at the same time the cornerstone of an officer's life.
Socrates and Aristotle, two of history's greatest teachers, used similar means of leading people to the light of knowledge: example and question. They believed that people learn on their own, not “teach” them. If the student is able to absorb information so that it is comprehended by him, then the teacher has fulfilled his mission."
“It is the time spent in self-study, research and reflection that leads to mastery of the subject and the ability to teach it well.”
The art of selecting and analyzing information
“Selecting the most important data is a key skill that an officer must develop in himself. With the increasing complexity of the world, which leads to an increase in the volume of information, the ability to select the necessary information can determine the success of the officer. Ability to make decisions. difficult to teach, it takes practice to acquire it.
One of the most important elements of being able to cull data is the ability to hold a wide panorama of events in your mind for a long time.”
“There are two main types of communication in the Armed Forces. The first can be described as "informing the troops." It includes the general flow of information, up and down the command links, which ensures the operation of the system. The second is more personal, involving studying and consulting people. Both types require some basic skills, and the first is listening.
It is equally important that the information is presented as clearly and unambiguously as possible.
Another prerequisite is truthfulness. People readily admit that the worst thing in any situation is when they are not sufficiently informed. The primary role of any leader to "inform the troops"
The art of working with subordinates
“In a military environment, it is not enough just to get along with other people. The main task of the officer is to contribute to the development of subordinates and to use their talents to the maximum.
Perhaps there is nothing more important. Mastering a skill and then completing a task are the cornerstones of a successful career. To move forward, the officer must know the motivations of people - individual and group - and must understand the changes in motivation in changing conditions and under different levels of stress or emotional arousal. Books, unfortunately, can only provide a guide to understanding. And the main means of determination remains the observation of people's behavior, the study of the motivation of their actions.
The first step is to find out where people come from, who they are and what they represent."
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