Often dubbed the “five sided puzzle palace”, the Pentagon didn’t earn the nickname because it’s an easy place to navigate — both physically and organizationally. Uniformed members need time to adapt to their new assignments in the building, but they have a common language, shared experiences and tribes they can lean on. Imagine the experience of a civilian entering the maze as a new staff-member returning to the Pentagon from a D.C. think tank. What would you tell them to aid their success? Cathal O’Connor has some experience in the Pentagon and he’s here to offer some advice. Geared towards that civilian staff-member there is plenty of great information for anyone that is heading to serve in the corridors of the United States Department of Defense.
How do action officers (or anyone below the executive level) get their principal’s priorities on a final list of recommendations for the Secretary of Defense’s approval? Faithfully, even forcefully, presenting the message is not enough. You can learn a lot about an institution by listening to its arguments. Not so long ago, a disagreement in […]