Chain of Command

Hey you rogue agent? You know who I’m talking about? You think you know better than everyone else… you want to do it your own way because you believe you have the right answers. Well stop it!!! 

I am watching organizational breakdown occcur because people do not understand their roles within the organization. If you do not like the answer your boss gives you, that doesn’t mean you go around them to force your opinion onto your boss. That is a sure fired way to create bad blood in your workplace, even if you are right. 

So how can you win? Three steps to success. 

  1. Determine your chain of command. 
  2. Let them hang. 
  3. Pick your battles

1.  Have your boss or organization make the communication chain clear. You shouldn’t feel that people are too busy or they won’t give you an answer.

2.  When you have an issue bring it up vehemently with your leader. If they tell you they have got it, trust them. Let them lead. You are the subordinate, and while you are appreciated in what you do, most things do not have a sense of urgency that require you to throw your boss under the bus. When you do have a different opinion, be ready to support it with facts and figures and urgency if it needs immediate attention.  But do cross the line, after you have done your part, they need to do theirs, and if it means they hang, no one will come back on you. 

3. Pick your battles. If you create an adversarial relationship with your boss, you will be doomed in your work place. You have to figure out what is worth fighting for? Like your credibility, or doing the right thing, ethically. But sometimes being right for the sake of being right doesn’t always rue the day. Many times there are different ways to approach a problem, and your idea is just one of a few solutions. 

Ask yourself:

  • Will I lose sleep over this issue?
  • Will I lose my job over this?
  • Will the company lose business over this?
  • Do I understand all the pros and cons?

Once you do all of that, figure out if is worth it. If it is, the. Go for it. Otherwise, let them hang. 

Once a lead/boss hangs a few times, they will see your value, and you will be a person they go to for your opinion and you will have a good working relationship as a go to person. 

If everything is a fight or done around the bosses back, you will create an environment of failure. 

Build bridges at work. It’s the only way to succeed. 

Journalism needs more than journalists #fakenews #realnews #TLDR #factsmatter

Recently there was a story in the news that Trump gave out information about US Submarines operating near the Korean Peninsula.  The report or headlines read that Trump divulged classified information about submarines to the Filipino president.  There were transcripts of the conversation that many people probably did not even read.  But we are so quick to read a headline and believe it, rather than actually taking the time to research the facts.

Submariners that I know were initially up in arms, including myself.  You read the headline and wonder, what the fuck!!!  But then we started to dig into it, and what was said.  There seems to be a consensus among the community that the media spun this story wrong. (I’m being nice here).

The facts is the Philippine government classified the transcript of the conversation.

The media did not cite a source that stated that the information about submarines relayed by Trump was classified.  The question exists, did he put people in harms way?  Read the transcript and see for yourself.

I bring this up, because now more than ever, we are going to need to rely on the media to get the story right.  This can not be about left and right, republicans or democrats. The media needs to be about facts.

Why? Because it takes one spun story sensationalized to have people stop trusting you.  Our society, at least in America is all about the rule of law.  The media currently waging a battle against this administration because important issues are on the line.  The bill of rights are on the line.

What I’m saying is that if you are a big media outlet, and you cover the military, you need to have military experts read your stories.  Fact check them, and validate that they will meet the reasonable persons standard of truth.  If you have ever been on the other side of a news story, you start to wonder sometimes if the reporter had actually been there, or was playing the old telephone game, and heard the story 3rd or 4th or 5th hand sometimes.

We need our media to be the best at what they do.  Photos, audio/video are great for telling a story, experts are important too.  

Reuters, who initially published the story that was picked up by other media outlets never said that US officials, or anyone made the claim that the information was classified, they made the claim themselves.  If you want to stop people from using the term fake news, you have to stop spinning things.  I can’t defend the media, when they do things like this.  I know in the fast paced world of news, things happen, but hopefully as more information comes out about Russia, hacking and everything else, we will find out facts, because facts matter.