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Navy SEALs Are Warmer and Fuzzier Than You Might Think
Whether you're a part of a Navy SEALs team or just a paper pusher with a white collar job, the principles of effective leadership and organizational culture remain constant. Every team needs a leader who can instill inspiration, direction, guidance, and hope. These are the building blocks of success.
Chief Rob Roy is an award-winning, 26-year veteran of the US Navy, 20 of which he was an active member of the SEAL teams. While in the SEALs, Rob served with SEAL Team Six, and anti-terrorism and maritime interdiction team that serves as one of the US Government's key devices in the Global War On Terror (GWOT). Rob has toured with many operational units including the US Army Special Forces, the CIA and US Customs. He also served as a Leading Chief Petty Officer for the Naval Special Warfare (NSW) Motivators and is now founder and President of SOT-G, Corp. His latest book is titled The Navy SEAL Art of War: Leadership Lessons from the World's Most Elite Fighting Force.
Rob Roy: We have a certain amount of leadership capability that’s inbred in all of us. There’s an amount of teamwork. And when you go through the SEAL program, all of the outside influences of your life have been stripped away and what’s left is you, the individual. And then you are basically imprinted on, "Hey, this is how you survive." You know. Teamwork, team ability, being able to communicate. Those things are actually if you don’t succeed in those areas, then you fail the program, you drop off in the program. It’s not about being the toughest guy. It’s about being the smartest guy and figuring out how do I go from point A to point B and how do I get the most out of the people that are going to be there with me. I would say it’s not just about the guys that are 360 degrees covering what I don’t see. I think it’s about how we get along after that. How do we relax in an environment that challenge one another on a personal level. You know, our brand is that you need to be the best and the brightest in the world. And people expect that of you and people expect things out of you and you tend to live up to them. At least in the SEALs they do.
You may not like the guys you’re working with because the alpha males are always trying to — everybody wants to be top dog. But the mission is what’s important to all of us. The mission and how we accomplish the mission as a group. It’s a funny thing about going through something together. If your culture of your company is not more like a family or the culture of your company is a dog-eat-dog world, then you will never establish that trust for one another. If people think that their jobs are not secure, you can’t establish trust. And I can always go back to those four things about leadership — inspiration, direction, guidance, hope. They know that they’re safe; they’re safe. People will tend to reach out. People will tend to cross bridges they wouldn’t normally cross. People will tend to do things they wouldn’t normally do if they can trust. At the end of the day they’re allowed to make some mistakes.
I think we tend to put things in dollars and cents all the time, but the people need to make mistakes. They need to feel that you trust that they can make mistakes. Because if you’re going to reach for something you may not make it, but at least you try. And I’d rather be able to pull a person back in doing something than to keep pushing a person alone. And unfortunately in business and everything else is that we tend to focus on that guy or that gal that we have to continue to push, push, push. And then the person over there that’s reaching all the time we don’t see that. All we see is their failures and not all the successes. And maybe it’s just the one thing that person needs is to make that reach that they’re not making or to cross that bridge that they’re not making. Because you need to mentor them to be able to say hey, I made that mistake when I was your age or I made that mistake doing this last project and this is what’s going to help you out.
You want your people to feel like a part of the team so you have to include them. I mean not in every decision but a lot of decisions they need to feel that they’re a part, they’re contributing to whatever your mission is. Whatever your company’s goals are. You need to share with them because then they’ll feel like a part of it. It would be like taking your family on a family trip and not telling the kids where you’re going, you know. How does that work out? Especially if you’re driving.
Whether you're a part of a Navy SEALs team or just a paper pusher with a white collar job, the principles of effective leadership and organizational culture remain constant. Every team needs a leader who can instill inspiration, direction, guidance, and hope. These are the building blocks of success. Retired SEAL Rob Roy, author of the new book The Navy SEAL Art of War, offers a unique perspective on the universal elements of teamwork and strategy.
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Health officials in China reported that a man was infected with bubonic plague, the infectious disease that caused the Black Death.
- The case was reported in the city of Bayannur, which has issued a level-three plague prevention warning.
- Modern antibiotics can effectively treat bubonic plague, which spreads mainly by fleas.
- Chinese health officials are also monitoring a newly discovered type of swine flu that has the potential to develop into a pandemic virus.
Bacteria under microscope
needpix.com<p>Today, bubonic plague can be treated effectively with antibiotics.</p><p style="margin-left: 20px;">"Unlike in the 14th century, we now have an understanding of how this disease is transmitted," Dr. Shanthi Kappagoda, an infectious disease physician at Stanford Health Care, told <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">Healthline</a>. "We know how to prevent it — avoid handling sick or dead animals in areas where there is transmission. We are also able to treat patients who are infected with effective antibiotics, and can give antibiotics to people who may have been exposed to the bacteria [and] prevent them [from] getting sick."</p>
This plague patient is displaying a swollen, ruptured inguinal lymph node, or buboe.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention<p>Still, hundreds of people develop bubonic plague every year. In the U.S., a handful of cases occur annually, particularly in New Mexico, Arizona and Colorado, <a href="https://www.cdc.gov/plague/faq/index.html" target="_blank">where habitats allow the bacteria to spread more easily among wild rodent populations</a>. But these cases are very rare, mainly because you need to be in close contact with rodents in order to get infected. And though plague can spread from human to human, this <a href="https://www.healthline.com/health-news/seriously-dont-worry-about-the-plague#Heres-how-the-plague-spreads" target="_blank">only occurs with pneumonic plague</a>, and transmission is also rare.</p>
A new swine flu in China<p>Last week, researchers in China also reported another public health concern: a new virus that has "all the essential hallmarks" of a pandemic virus.<br></p><p>In a paper published in the <a href="https://www.pnas.org/content/early/2020/06/23/1921186117" target="_blank">Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences</a>, researchers say the virus was discovered in pigs in China, and it descended from the H1N1 virus, commonly called "swine flu." That virus was able to transmit from human to human, and it killed an estimated 151,700 to 575,400 people worldwide from 2009 to 2010, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.</p>There's no evidence showing that the new virus can spread from person to person. But the researchers did find that 10 percent of swine workers had been infected by the virus, called G4 reassortant EA H1N1. This level of infectivity raises concerns, because it "greatly enhances the opportunity for virus adaptation in humans and raises concerns for the possible generation of pandemic viruses," the researchers wrote.
The word "learning" opens up space for more people, places, and ideas.
- The terms 'education' and 'learning' are often used interchangeably, but there is a cultural connotation to the former that can be limiting. Education naturally links to schooling, which is only one form of learning.
- Gregg Behr, founder and co-chair of Remake Learning, believes that this small word shift opens up the possibilities in terms of how and where learning can happen. It also becomes a more inclusive practice, welcoming in a larger, more diverse group of thinkers.
- Post-COVID, the way we think about what learning looks like will inevitably change, so it's crucial to adjust and begin building the necessary support systems today.
Scientists uncovered the secrets of what drove some of the world's last remaining woolly mammoths to extinction.
Every summer, children on the Alaskan island of St Paul cool down in Lake Hill, a crater lake in an extinct volcano – unaware of the mysteries that lie beneath.
The coronavirus pandemic has brought out the perception of selfishness among many.
- Selfish behavior has been analyzed by philosophers and psychologists for centuries.
- New research shows people may be wired for altruistic behavior and get more benefits from it.
- Times of crisis tend to increase self-centered acts.