Fellow NOAA Corps officers,
Big thanks to CAPT Brakob for affording me the opportunity to speak to you in this week's Cyberflash Guest Director's message. Here are a few thoughts I would mention to any of our junior officers if we had a quick five minutes to discuss advice for a successful career. Of course these are only my recommendations - there are a million different ways to get there and maybe a few of these ideas will resonate with you.
At this week's NOAA Leadership Seminar, Deputy Under Secretary for Operations Mr. Friedman mentioned one of the questions he receives most often is "How do I become a leader?" This made me think about how lucky we are: in the NOAA Corps we receive leadership opportunities right from the start of our careers. Remember to be thankful for each of those opportunities.
Learn from every single one of your supervisors and your chain of command - what works, and just as importantly, what doesn't.
In each job you will be surrounded by subject matter experts - be sure to take advantage of their knowledge and include them in your team's decisions. NOAA is a small and close family - you will be working with these people again!
Flexibility will serve you well. Appreciate and dig into every single assignment no matter if it was your first preference or not even in your top three. Be present in the NOW and find reasons to appreciate where you are geographically, too. Find wins for you, your Line Office and OMAO, all are important and all contribute to a successful assignment.
Be nice. It sounds so obvious and cliched, I know, however it really is so important. Mr. Friedman also emphasized the importance of relationships in his message at this week's NOAA Leadership Seminar. How do you treat your fellow team members, your co-workers and your peers? RDML Hann ends each one of her OMAO messages with the same concept: "Take care of yourself and each other." I cannot overemphasize the significance of this characteristic. Build and nurture your relationships, professionally and personally - they will come around to your advantage at some point in your career, I guarantee.
As the new Director of the OMAO Training Division, I want to remind all of our officers that I am here in this assignment and ready for your questions. Please let me know how I can help you grow professionally during your NOAA Corps career.
Thanks and I look forward to hearing from you.
|16 Sep 2020||CO/XO Command Advisory Board|
|08 Oct 2020||BOTC 136 Billet Night|
|CDR Mark Blankenship||01 Oct 2020|
|CAPT Devin Brakob||01 Dec 2020|
|LTJG Sara Wood||01 Dec 2020|
|LCDR Ryan Wartick||01 Jan 2021|