29 SEP 17 Bull-It Points

By Chris Servello

Key Points:

  1. “I think China probably poses the greatest threat to our nation by about 2025.”
  2. “Successful mission accomplishment cannot be our sole measure of effectiveness.” 
  3. “If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out.”
  4. “Connection happens when you see past the details of a task to its human consequences.” 
  5. “A PR perspective* can result in the rose-colored glasses version of company news.”
  6. “The crucial prerequisite of intelligent disagreement — namely: shut up; listen up; pause and reconsider; and only then speak — is absent.”

Clips of Interest:

Top US general: China will be ‘greatest threat’ to US by 2025*

(CNN, 27 SEP 17)… By Ryan Browne

“I think China probably poses the greatest threat to our nation by about 2025,” Dunford told the Senate Armed Services Committee during a hearing on his re-appointment as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Link

With Sweeping New Orders, Navy Vows to Focus on Seamanship and Safety

(New York Times, 28 SEP17)…By Eric Schmitt

More sleep and no more 100-hour workweeks for sailors. Ships steaming in crowded waters like those near Singapore and Tokyo will now broadcast their positions as do other vessels. And ships whose crews lack basic seamanship certification will probably stay in port until the problems are fixed. Link

Superintendent: Air Force Academy racists ‘need to get out’

(Colorado Springs Gazette, 29 SEP 17)…By Tom Roeder

At the culmination of his five-minute lecture the general barked: “Reach for your phones. I’m serious: Reach for your phones. … Grab your phones. I want you to videotape this — so that you have it, so that you can use it, so that we all have the moral courage together.” Then he said: “If you can’t treat someone with dignity and respect, then get out.” The general turned and left. Link

Great Storytelling Connects Employees to Their Work

(Harvard Business Review, 25 SEP 17)…By Joseph Grenny

People’s feelings about their work are only partly about the work itself. They are equally, if not more so, about how they frame their work. Do they see what they’re doing as a mindless ritual? Do they see it as empty compliance? Or do they see it as sacred duty? If you change the frame you change the feeling. And nothing changes frames faster than a story. Link

If You Want Employees on the Intranet, Skip the Spin

(LinkedIn, 26 SEP 17)…By Elizabeth Baskin, CEO and Executive Creative Director of Tribe, Inc.

Taking a journalistic approach to content will mean thinking through the questions employees will want answered. Telling the whole story, without sidestepping the bits that might not be such good news, results in the sort of authentic content that employees crave. Link

The Dying Art of Disagreement

(The New York Times, 24 SEP 17)…by Bret Stephens

So here’s where we stand: Intelligent disagreement is the lifeblood of any thriving society. Yet we in the United States are raising a younger generation who have never been taught either the how or the why of disagreement, and who seem to think that free speech is a one-way right: Namely, their right to disinvite, shout down or abuse anyone they dislike, lest they run the risk of listening to that person — or even allowing someone else to listen. Link

For Fun…

NOT REAL NEWS: A look at what didn’t happen this week

A roundup of some of the most popular, but completely untrue, headlines of the week. None of these stories are legit, even though they were shared widely on social media. The Associated Press checked these out; here are the real facts: Link


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