Issue 53: Weekly Training Tips
August 28th, 2012
Hello friends. I’m sending out this issue of my Weekly Training Tips Newsletter a bit early this week since my wife and I are closing on our dream house in Florida this Thursday. I hope you understand.
Thought for the Week
My thought for the week this week is to form a strong relationship with your AGR Staff. This advice is geared toward M-Day Officers and NCOs, but I will also offer tips for AGR Soldiers. Let’s get started.
In most units the AGR and M-Day Staff have major communication and leadership challenges among each other. It doesn’t mean the AGR Staff (or M-Day Staff) is bad; it normally just means there are (1) undefined roles (2) poor guidance, and (3) poor communication. As a result, there are many unneeded power struggles and personality conflicts. And many units don’t perform at the level of effectiveness that they COULD if they were to address these issues and fix the problems.
If you are a small unit leader (M-Day) and have an AGR Staff working with you or for you, you have a few responsibilities. First and foremost, you should sit down with your AGR Staff and explain your leadership philosophy. Tell them what the most important things (priorities) are for the unit. Explain their specific roles and responsibilities as you see it. Tell them what you deem as your role, what you will focus on and what is most important to you. Write everything down on a piece of paper, so there isn’t any misunderstanding.
Also, be proactive. Call the unit once a day, or minimum twice a week. Find out what the “open issues” are and see what you can do to assist your AGR Staff. Most importantly, be a leader. Be involved and take responsibility. Give your AGR Staff the ability to make decisions in your absence. Tell them what issues they can make decisions on their own and what issues they need to contact you first. Whatever you do don’t just show up for your drill weekend like your soldiers and expect everything to go smoothly. Invest some of your free time to help your AGR Staff Out. And make sure you give them clear guidance and feedback. You can never delegate your responsibility or duties, just because you are a part-time Soldier.
As an AGR Soldier, you have to remember that your M-Day Staff has a civilian career too. So, you can’t expect them to do EVERYTHING their Active Duty Counterpart would do. That is just unrealistic. You need to “take charge” when they are not around and put out fires. But, you also have to remember that the boss is still the boss, even if they are just part-timers.
If there is an issue, you need to keep your boss informed. Give them a call. Seek their input when possible. And even if the boss has a different way of doing things than you do remember that they are still the boss! As an AGR Soldier, your primary job is to do the behind the scenes stuff and support the M-Day Soldiers. Don’t think it’s the M-Day Soldiers’ job to support you! You have a CRITICAL role in the success of your unit. So don’t take your role lightly.
In summary, both the M-Day Soldiers and AGR Personnel have very important jobs. They rely on each other to get the job done. If you are a small unit leader, it would be in your best interest to do whatever it takes to get your M-Day and AGR Soldiers on the same sheet of paper. That way the unit can function smoothly.
Video of the Week
Here’s a motivational speech from William Wallace (Mel Gibson) in Braveheart. This is one of my favorite speeches and favorite movies of all time. Enjoy!
Book of the Week
The book of the week this week is “The Dream Giver” by Bruce Wilkinson. I first read this book about 7-8 years ago. I consider the information life-changing. Although there are a few religious references (I’m not religious myself) the information is still very powerful.
Synopsis: Bestselling author Bruce Wilkinson shows how to identify and overcome the obstacles that keep millions from living the life they were created for. He begins with a compelling modern-day parable about Ordinary, who dares to leave the Land of Familiar to pursue his Big Dream. With the help of the Dream Giver, Ordinary begins the hardest and most rewarding journey of his life. Wilkinson gives readers practical, biblical keys to fulfilling their own dream, revealing that there’s no limit to what God can accomplish when we choose to pursue the dreams He gives us for His honor.
Are you living your dream— or just living your life?
Welcome to a little story about a very big idea. This compelling modern-day parable tells the story of Ordinary, who dares to leave the Land of Familiar to pursue his Big Dream.
You, too, have been given a Big Dream. One that can change your life. One that the Dream Giver wants you to achieve. Does your Big Dream seem hopelessly out of reach? Are you waiting for something or someone to make your dream happen?
Leader of the Week
My featured leader of the week is Ray Lewis of the Baltimore Ravens®. I know he’s not a military guy, but this speech might just be the pep talk you need to succeed.
Quote of the Week
My quote of the week this week is “Are you bored with life? Then throw yourself into some work you believe in with all your heart, live for it, die for it, and you will find happiness that you had thought could never be yours.” ~ Dale Carnegie
My Take: You should try to live your life with passion. Find something you enjoy and pursue it. Never settle for mediocrity, even if just to pay the bills.
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In either case, I wish you all the best and hope you have a wonderful week. Starting next week, our newsletter will be sent out on Thursdays again. Take care.
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