DoctrineMan is one of my daily must reads. His facebook profile is a constant source of wit and wisdom. Turns out, he also has a tumblr blog. Why he didn’t go with WordPress, I don’t know, but hey, at least it’s a blog.
Mentoring is a topic that receives a lot of attention in the military. Younger leaders can often be heard speaking out on the lack of quality mentorship within the ranks, while more seasoned leaders tend to find the time commitment involved burdensome. It occurs, but at nowhere near the frequency desired. Is there an easy answer? Probably not. But maybe we’re not asking the right question.
Formal mentoring wasn’t really in place for enlisted soldiers, and junior NCOs when I was in. But almost every NCO had the good sense to listen to wiser and older heads. I’ve had mentors both in my chain of command (well, the enlisted chain of support), and outside. Some advice was simple, about leading troops, other advice was complex about navigating the petty politics of a company or battalion. At any rate, I can assure you that an informal mentoring program was a lot easier, and more effective, than a metric laden check-the-box top-down formal program.
Maybe some of those officers could learn something from the NCO corps? What say you folks on the “O” side of the divide?