Leadership Year: Mentoring

Mentoring is on the menu for the next Leadership Learning Café session scheduled for January 9, 2018. The session will be LIVE and will be no longer than 30 minutes. Please tune in!


ADM Paul Zukunft, Commandant, USCG, stands for a picture with fellow Coast Guard officers and civilians of all ranks at the NNOA Annual Leadership, Professional Development & Training Conference at the Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach, Virginia, July 19, 2016. Photo by CDR Warren Judge.

Five takeaways from the NNOA Annual Leadership, Professional Development & Training Conference

Coast Guard members recently participated in the National Naval Officers Association’s annual conference in Virginia Beach, Va. The agenda was loaded with discussions and opportunities for mentoring. Attendees learned about the work that is happening in human resources and recruiting to develop a more diverse and inclusive workforce, and how they can grow professionally as leaders, mentors, and mentees. Here are just five of the countless takeaways from the conference.


SAN PEDRO, Calif. -- Rear Adm. Joseph Castillo, Commander of the 11th Coast Guard District, takes the helm of a 41-foot utility boat from Station Los Angeles-Long Beach in the Port of Los Angeles Monday, Aug. 17, 2009. Rear Adm. Castillo is in the Los Angeles area conducting unit visits with Sector Los Angeles-Long Beach. U.S. Coast Guard photo/Petty Officer 3rd Class Cory J. Mendenhall.

Lumping people together; it’s only human

I suppose I was lumped into a few categories in my Coast Guard career – mostly for the good – although there were a few who just couldn’t seem to see any value in me. I never did understand why. Fortunately, several people took me under their wing, at several stages in my career, because they saw potential and a strong work ethic underneath the rough edges I displayed.


Petty Officer 2nd Class Matthew Husler, a machinery technician at Coast Guard Station Washington, D.C., evaluates a crewmember at Station Washington during a judgmental pistol course in the station's training room, Feb. 8, 2011. The course is designed to test the member's ability to react in a hostile environment where they make the determination of whether or not they should fire their weapon in each respective training scenario. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer 2nd Class Brandyn Hill.

Evaluations: They’re not for you!

How do you think your favorite sports team would perform if they only received feedback once or twice per year? Probably not so great. That is why their coaches continuously evaluate performance and provide feedback – constantly. At the end of the year, coaches review the players stats, they see how the player performed overall, whether they improved or not, and they discuss their potential for the next year. The coach uses this annual evaluation to figure out what to do with their players for the next year. You should approach your evaluations in the same manner.


Personnel from Baltimore area Coast Guard commands and their mentored students following the lunch break at Brooklyn Park Middle School’s “Just Lunch” program. Photo courtesy of Brooklyn Park Middle School.

Coast Guard personnel “do lunch” with local students

On Monday, members from Baltimore-area Coast Guard units joined administrators and students from the Brooklyn Park Middle School in Brooklyn Park, Md, for the school’s December “Just Lunch” program. The “Just Lunch” program is designed to promote and encourage academic excellence among the students through positive mentorship.


Capt. Ken Harman, chief flight surgeon at Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala., delivers his acceptance speech for Role Model of the Year from the University of Alabama, Birmingham, while deployed to a glacier near Koge Bay, Greenland. U.S. Coast Guard photo by Petty Officer Jetta Disco.

Bravo zulu, CAPT Ken “Doc” Harman!

Coast Guard All Hands sends out a bravo zulu to Capt. Ken Harman, chief flight surgeon at the Coast Guard Aviation Training Center in Mobile, Ala. Harman was recently recognized for his more than 30 years of community and military service with the 2013 Martha Myers Role Model Award given by the University of Alabama, Birmingham.


Richard Etheridge, far left, and the Pea Island Life-Saving crew in front of their station, circa 1890. U.S. Coast Guard photo.

Creating opportunity through leadership, mentorship and diversity

Shipmates, as we travel through life it is important to have trusted means of navigation to help guide us. Whether it’s family, faith, the Constitution, a mentor or a trusted organization, we all need navigational aids to keep us on track, both at home and with our careers.


Lt. Cmdr. Deon J. Scott leads a meeting of the Sector San Francisco Leadership and Diversity Advisory Council.

Bravo zulu, LCDR Deon J. Scott!

Coast Guard All Hands’ first Bravo Zulu goes out to Lt. Cmdr. Deon J. Scott. Scott was recently recognized for his outstanding contributions and leadership in support of the Coast Guard’s diversity efforts with the 2013 Blacks in Government Meritorious Service Award.