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Monday, September 16, 2013

The 2013 First Chapter Contest – Yellow Bird Editors

Dear John Howard,

Hello! And thanks so much for entering the 2013 Yellow Bird Editors First Chapter Contest. I'm writing to tell you that your manuscript, There's a Moose in the Guard Shack and Other Adventures in Leadership, was chosen as one of only three finalists in the memoir category. Congratulations!

We will soon announce your name along with the other finalists and winners on our website. As soon as that goes live on Monday morning please feel free to share this news far and wide.

Congratulations again! I hope I'll get the chance to read more of this fascinating memoir in the near future!

Sara Kocek

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Howard's Law

1- Truth, Faith and Confidence
2- Amateurs teach amateurs to be amateurs.
3- You can’t overwork me, but you can hinder the quality of my product.
4- When Leaders don’t set priorities, Followers do! (also known as Followship)
5- Bad news only gets worse with age.

Definition of Position Terms

I need to define a few terms that we will address over and over throughout the entirety of this publication. Some are obvious and one would usually think there would be no need for defining them; but we all come from different industries, backgrounds and levels of understanding. The best way to get a level understanding so we stay on the same sheet of music is for us all to have the same definition of these terms.
One who is responsible for directing and controlling the work and staff of a department, entity, section, etc; actively controls the resources and expenditures; and has authority and accountability over the planning, organization, directing of activities, development of personnel, mission establishment, objective determination, and analysis of performance data.
One who functions as the controller and guide for the work activities of a group of people; responsible for mission accomplishment and the gathering of performance data. Primarily found on the front line of the organization.
Someone who takes you in a new or desired direction largely through vision and motivation
Hierarchy of Organizational Positions
Vice President
Manager *
Team Leader
* sometimes referred to as Superintendent in certain industries, often residing above Manager
Some notes on management and leadership:
The defined difference between managers and leaders can be simply stated as: Managers have subordinates and Leaders have followers.
Peter Drucker, who many consider to be the father of “modern management’ defined a manager’s job as: “is to direct the resources and the efforts of the business toward opportunities for economically significant results.”
Casey Stengel, long time manager of the “New York Yankees” and the “New York Mets” on the secret of managing once said: "The secret of managing is to keep the guys who hate you away from the guys who are undecided."
Dee Hock, founder and CEO Emeritus of Visa, discussing leadership once said: "Control is not leadership; management is not leadership; leadership is leadership. If you seek to lead, invest at least 50% of your time in leading yourself—your own purpose, ethics, principles, motivation, conduct. Invest at least 20% leading those with authority over you and 15% leading your peers."

Military Classes of Supply

Class I - Subsistence (food - Rations), plus gratuitous (free) health and comfort items.
Class IIGeneral Supplies: Clothing, individual equipment, tentage, organizational tool sets and kits, hand tools, unclassified maps, administrative and housekeeping supplies and equipment.
Class III - Petroleum, Oil and Lubricants (POL) (package and bulk): Petroleum, fuels, lubricants, hydraulic and insulating oils, preservatives, liquids and gases, bulk chemical products, coolants, deicer and antifreeze compounds, components, and additives of petroleum and chemical products, and coal.
Class IV - Construction materials, including installed equipment and all fortification and barrier materials.
Class V - Ammunition of all types, bombs, explosives, mines, fuzes, detonators, pyrotechnics, missiles, rockets, propellants, and associated items.
Class VI - Personal demand items (such as health and hygiene products, soaps and toothpaste, writing material,snack food, beverages, cigarettes, batteries, alcohol, and cameras—nonmilitary sales items).
Class VII - Major end items such as launchers, tanks, mobile machine shops, and vehicles.
Class VIII - Medical material (equipment and consummables) including repair parts peculiar to medical equipment. (Class VIIIa – Medical consummable supplies not including blood & blood products; Class VIIIb – Blood & blood components (whole blood, platelets, plasma, packed red cells, etc).
Class IX - Repair parts and components to include kits, assemblies, and subassemblies (repairable or non-repairable) required for maintenance support of all equipment.
Class X - Material to support nonmilitary programs such as agriculture and economic development (not included in Classes I through IX).
Miscellaneous - Water, salvage, and captured material.
FM 10-27-4 Organizational Supply and Services for Unit Leaders, United States Army and

Time Conversion Chart – Military to Civilian

Military Time Civilian Time
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