March 14, 2012

I Don't Think There will be Any Female Marines

I was pretty sad last week. This week it comes in waves, but last week... I was very sad.

I obviously put up a couple posts or three and I did have a couple readers email me, making sure I was OK. One such reader was my buddy, Eric, over at Straight White Guy, a former Marine.

I think most of you know, I've been good friends with Eric and his bride for about six years. My kids know them. We visit them once a year as a family and I go to his annual blogmeet in October. So there are six years of blogging and breaking bread twice a year for a few days.

So he sent me an email, just checking to make sure I was OK, and I sent him an email in return, assuring him all would be right, I would equilabrate, and then I went on some rant about how on top of it all, I had to give a seminar in Leadership this weekend.

It's true. I do. And it's not that I'm not prepared and I've never been a leader. I suspect I was asked by people much higher up the food chain than I, to give it for a reason. I've been writing it in my head since January; I'd just not put it to paper yet.

So off I shot this email, with I'm sure quite a frustrating tone, when I received one in return that said, "You should google JJDIDTIEBUCKLE. The Marine Corps has the market cornered on leadership. They do it all with acronyms."


Well, yes, I imagine they do. Have the market cornered on leadership. I just had to spend a few minutes trying to tie the Marine Corps's view on leadership with a volunteer women's organization, most of the women being... oh... 40-50 years older than the average Marine .

Not seeing much of a common denominator except... people are people.

So I googled it and found a great website and I shot him another email, "Right. So where do you find "Be Nice"?"

Within minutes I had a reply, "Try... Justice." I see that. In my lecture I tie it in with 'Tact', something I'm not so good at. I can be nice to people, but Tact is not my strong suit. My sister has called me Blunt and Insensitive.

I came by it honestly... from my Father.

So I kept reading and formulating the problems we have into words and I emailed him back, "And... how about, "Don't be a Control Freak?"

And the simple reply back was, "Bou, try... Delegate".

There you go.

So I'm using PARTS of JJDIDTIEBUCKLE as some of it doesn't really fit. Struggled to find where I could really put Endurance and it's not supposed to be a long speech.

I did speak a lot on Enthusiasm. I told them they didn't need pom poms. The Marines are big on Enthusiasm as it obviously made their list and I don't see any pom poms in the Marine Corps.

Only motivated men.

We'll see how it goes.

I keep laughing. "Bou, Try... Delegate". heh.

Posted by Boudicca at March 14, 2012 10:24 PM

.... it was my pleasure, ma'am...... I hope that the speech goes well!..... BAMCIS....

Posted by: Eric at March 15, 2012 07:07 AM

I had to stop in the middle of reading this and google the acronym. I love it! Now I'm going to clip the web page into my Evernote so I always have it. Eric - you are da bomb.

Bou I'm sure your talk will be fantastic as I can't imagine you doing anything less than that.

Posted by: Teresa at March 15, 2012 10:07 PM

It is a great post and a fantastic link. I'm always looking for stuff like that. For me and for training purposes.

Good luck with your speech, I have no doubt you will knock their socks off.

But Bou, I'm with you.....I keep going back to the "try.....Delegate" and giggling. I think we both sorta struggle with that one. ;-p

Posted by: Tammi at March 16, 2012 10:06 AM

Love this... Delegation was never a strong suit for me, but neither was I a micromanager. Tried to hit a happy medium... Tried.

Posted by: Threads at March 17, 2012 05:17 PM