Vice Commandant’s 2018 Watch, Listen and Learn List

The world all around us is changing – the dynamic geopolitical environment, the rapid dispersion of technology, and the very skills and platforms necessary for us to meet our critical missions. To keep pace with this environment, we too must learn and evolve in our critical thinking and expand our strategic perspective. Understanding that our 21st century workforce consumes both traditional and digital forms of communication, I am sharing my second Watch, Listen and Learn list


Commandant’s 2018 Reading List

This year offers opportunities for every component to reinforce a culture of excellence and highlight the importance of leadership at all levels. I reflected on my own Leadership Philosophy and selected books to inspire and challenge you to help lead the Coast Guard through this world of accelerating change.


From the Commandant: Happy Holidays as we close this remarkable year

“Fran and I wish each of you – all 88,000 active duty, Reserve, civilian, retired and Auxiliary – a joyous holiday and the very best of New Years.”


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft at a Memorial Day observance at the Douglas A. Munro Coast Guard Headquarters building in Washington, D.C. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

From the Commandant: Those deserving of our highest honor

Multiple times a year, I visit Arlington National Cemetery Multiple. Every time I walk those hallowed, 624 acres, I am struck by the incredible sacrifices of those many brave souls. And, as I look out at Arlington’s sea of white gravestones, I am hit with the realization that this is not every loss–it is only a small number of those who have served our Nation, many who paid the ultimate sacrifice.


Leadership: Watch, Listen, Learn

Last month, the Commandant shared his reading list as a way to encourage continued learning and personal growth. Recognizing your demanding operational schedules, I wanted to complement his reading list with other ways in which you can think about your role as a leader within our Coast Guard. Below are podcasts, TED talks and even a documentary that I have found inspiring and educational. In sharing this list, I encourage you to listen, watch and learn with the hope that the ideas they spark can be woven into your day and help you grow in your own leadership journey.


2017 reading list

2017 Commandant’s Reading List

This year’s reading list includes both books I selected and books that were shared with me throughout the year – from discussions with cadets at the Coast Guard Academy to sessions with my leadership team to meetings with key stakeholders. My hope is you will use these selections to remain dedicated to the mission today, while considering what it means to meet the mission into the future.


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From the Commandant: Best wishes this holiday season

Our Coast Guard is in demand worldwide, and I am inspired when I observe our 88,000 active duty, civilian, reserve, and auxiliary members carrying out or supporting our missions. And, all of us are supported by family and friends who make up our larger Coast Guard family. Many of you will be celebrating with your loved ones this holiday season, and we must also remember those standing the watch in Service to Nation.


Commandant’s Reading List – Team of Teams

Team of Teams, authored by retired Gen. Stanley McChrystal, is an outstanding resource that examines the managerial style utilized by Joint Special Operations Command and follows the transformation from a rigid command structure to a cooperative team comprised of smaller specialized teams.


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Commandant’s Reading List – World Order

At the start of the year, Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft shared his reading list on All Hands. As part of a continued discussion on leadership, the Commandant has invited members from across the fleet to review the selections […]


Coast Guard Commandant Adm. Paul Zukunft meets with members of Electronics Support Detachment Duty Philadelphia Aug. 3, 2016. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Patrick Kelley.

From the Commandant: Building Diversity into the 21st Century Coast Guard

From Wall Street to Silicon Valley, today’s top organizations require people who are proficient, self-motivated, and adaptable to changes in an increasingly globalized world. Recruiting and retaining top talent is a foremost challenge for both the public and private sectors and, in order to remain competitive, our all-volunteer military force must adapt as well.


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