US Navy Photo: MV-22 Osprey maintenance on the USS Essex flight deck
Just put most of my books onto the bookshelves at home. It’s been a long year, moving into a new place 1000 miles from the last one and this is the second-last task to accomplish. (the garage awaits…)
Standard operating procedure at the end of the calendar year and quarter is a reassessment of goals, policies, and procedures, and mounting my mentorship onto the shelves has given me an opportunity to look and see where I can review.
Stephen Covey stands out with a CD set of his 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, next to the book, next to the hardback The 8th Habit. This effort I’m sharing is the 7th and 8th combined; Production Control and Leadership.
Competing with Dr. Covey is Napoleon Hill. Think and Grow Rich has been a staple of principles since my father introduced me to it in 1978. I always like how Hill’s “conceive, believe, and achieve” reflects the Christian Gospel’s “ask, seek, and find”. Also, the fact that Hill was working for the wealthiest man in the country in 1932 – 34, Andrew Carnegie, and that Carnegie adopted Hill’s suggestions should impress anyone in business to the importance of the work nearly 90 years later.
And since I brought up Carnegie, how about the ‘other’ one. Dale Carnegie’s tenacity is at first the example of any beginning entrepreneur. Standing outside a hotel in New York City and pulling people in off the street to fill his seminars astounds me. One might think it folklore, until we learn the power of the ideas he put together. Pathways to Success is the work I acquired going through the Carnegie program, but again, I was introduced to the man by my father in the late ‘70’s.
There are other leaders’ works on my bookshelves. For actionable lessons, I like Failure is Not an Option, by Gene Krantz of Apollo/NASA fame. Gene was raised in Toledo OH, close to where I grew up as well. The philosophies from the farmland bolster what the American Dream is. Rudi Giuliani’s Leadership, George W. Bush’s Decision Points, and a lesser known work The Leadership Lessons of Jesus, all beckon my attention.
It all began, though, with reading the Gospel of Mark when I was working toward a Cub Scout religious award, and The Boy Scout Handbook. I still live by “On My Honor, I will do my best to do my duty to God and my Country…” and “A Scout is Trustworthy, Loyal…”
As the date of this writing is December 7th, let’s recall that these authors all write about the principles necessary for the realization of the American Dream, a dream that came under attack on this date, and was then defended by the Greatest Generation. Let us thank them by continuing to support and build and TEACH that dream to all we meet.
What’s your plan for production control? What ‘covenant’ will you keep with your foundational philosophies, and what new voices will you listen to as you prepare to move into the next year?!
Forward! Into the Future!!