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Feb 7, 2018

Justice is defined as the practice of being fair and consistent. A just person gives consideration to each side of a situation and bases rewards or punishments on merit.


Episode Transcription

[INTRO]

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*Alex*

Welcome to Morning Mindset. A daily dose of practical wit and wisdom with a professional educator & trainer, Amazon best selling author, United States Marine, Television and Radio host, Paul G. Markel. Each episode will focus on positive and productive ways to strengthen your mindset, and help you improve your relationships, career goals, and overall well-being. Please welcome your host; Paul G. Markel.


*Professor Paul*

Alright welcome back to Ssss~ Morning Mindset, I almost said the name of my other show, *laughs*. No welcome to Morning Mindset, and as we discussed previously, in our discussion yesterday of Leaders vs. Bosses, I believe that the United States of America has a critical shortage of Leaders today. You don’t just tell someone that they have to be a leader, you don’t just give them a hat and say “Put this hat on, you’re now a Leader.” we need to coach and encourage and train our leaders, and there are absolute, genuine ways to do that.

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Now I was a United States Marine, when I was working on becoming a Non-Commissioned Officer [NCO] we had to go through Leadership Training, and one of the big things we had to study was the United States Marine Corps Leadership Traits, now there are 14 of them and I’m not even going to attempt to do all 14 in one sitting, I’m not even going to do 2 per sitting. What we’re going to do is talk about 1 trait per day until we’re done with them. Sound good to you guys? Alright.

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So the Marine Corps Leadership Traits, when we were, when I was in the Corps one of the things they teach you is they teach you Acronyms. They make up acronyms for everything in the military so they you can remember it at a moment’s notice, and the Marine Corps Leadership Traits, forgive me if you already know these but a lot of people [don’t], is broken down into the acronym J.J.D.I.D.T.I.E.B.U.C.K.L.E. and you say “That doesn’t make any sense” *laughs* and no it doesn’t make sense but I learned these 30 years ago and I still remember them because of J.J.D.I.D.T.I.E.B.U.C.K.L.E. When we went through our Leadership Training we actually had to sit down with a Staff Sergeant or a Gunnery Sergeant or a First Sergeant and they’d say “Okay Lance Corporal, you wanna be a Corporal, tell me about the Leadership Traits.” and you’d have to do it.

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So #1, and you may want to get a pen or a pencil, I tell you what. If you are genuinely serious about improving your abilities as a leader, whether you’re currently in the position of being a leader or you may in the future be a leader, I would say get a stack of notecards, you know those file cards, the little 3x5 cards, and a pencil, and as we go through these over the next 14 episodes, and write them down. Then use them as flash cards, then when you get up in the morning, read one, then put it on the bottom. Super simple way, ya know I’m gonna give you a little hint here. There are people in Corporate America that pay hundreds of dollars to go to seminars to be taught these very things.

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So you’re getting it free for nothing. you’re welcome. Alright #1- Justice. According to the Official Marine Corps Leadership Traits, and you can get these in the Patriot Fire Team Manual, which is available on Amazon or on Kindle. Justice, the definition is; Justice is the practice of being Fair & Consistent. A person gives consideration to both sides of a situation and decides rewards or punishments on merit. This is very difficult when you have a society that’s based on feelings and emotion. It’s very difficult when you’ve been taught or convinced or you’ve practiced making all of your decisions on what you think is fair or how you feel about a certain situation. Justice is not about how you feel, Justice is about actual, genuine results or actual, genuine facts.

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If a person screwed up, they broke the rules, they broke the law, what have you. The Justice or the Punishment that needs to me knead out needs to not be based on what you feel, it needs to be based on actual facts. If a person did a good job, they might not be a person you’re necessarily friends with, there may be an employee that kind of gets on your nerves. You may be one of those people who is a supervisor or a boss or whatever, and there’s one or two employees who really get on your nerves, and it’s all you can do to stand and talk to them. Now they’re not necessarily a bad person, but they just get on your nerves.

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Now did they do a really good job, and do you base the rewards and the merits based off that they did a really good job, or do you allow the fact that they annoy the crap out of you to cloud your judgement? Okay, so Justice, be honest with yourself about why you are making a particular decision. Try to avoid Favoritism, and treat all people and situations in an equal manner, and this is very, very difficult for us isn’t it? Because no matter where you were raised, no matter where you came from, everyone has certain likes & dislikes, and everyone has certain prejudices. Now you’re like “Prejudice is wrong Paul, and I don’t like it when people use that.” It really doesn’t matter because based off where you came from, where you were raised, based off your personal experience and education, you’re going to view certain people and situations in a different manner.

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So as a Leader, being a leader isn’t necessarily easy. Being a boss is easy, you get the authority and you drive people based upon your authority. You say “I said do it, and if you don’t I’m gonna punish you or I’m gonna fire you or whatever. End of story, I’m the boss.” But that’s not how leaders work. Sometimes being a leader is difficult, sometimes it requires a serious Gut-Check. Sometimes when you’re a leader, you have to go ahead and take responsibility for a problem onto your own shoulders, not put it off on someone else. So when it’s time to knead out Justice, to give people their due, whether it’s rewards or promotions or what have you based upon their merits, or when it’s time to knead out punishment or discipline based off actual facts. It’s difficult to put your personal feelings aside.

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But you have to do that because that’s what leaders do. I remember a, there was a sign, a plastic sign and it was on the door of the guard shack, when I was on the Forrestal. I was other places besides the Forrestal, but I was there for two years and that’s where I have a lot of experience and that’s where I first became a Leader. It said “A Marine on Duty Has No Friends”, you say “Ah that’s kind of mean, that’s kind of crappy. You Marines are really mean people.” But no, what that was meant to remind you was that you don’t give your friends special consideration. Justice, just because you’re friends with someone or just because you’re not friends with someone doesn’t mean you were allowed to treat them differently when it came to being on duty, to legitimate work.

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What did we talk about yesterday? The accomplishment of the mission, right? So just a quick wrap, Justice is defined as the practice of being fair and consistent. A Just person gives consideration to both sides of a situation, and decides rewards or punishments based on merit. Be honest with yourself about why you made a particular decision and avoid favoritism. So United States Marine Corps Leadership Trait #1, is Justice, write it down, and as I mentioned at the beginning my book Patriot Fire Team, the Patriot Fire Team Manual is available on Amazon as a paperback or as a kindle version.

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In the Leadership chapter, all of these are written out, they’re spelled out, and if you wanted to be a super slick listener, you could go to Kindle, put them on your phone, and follow along as we do these. So today’s leadership trait, write it down, remember it, is Justice and during the next segment we will move on to the next J, because J.J.D.I.D.T.I.E.B.U.C.K.L.E. and we’re going to talk about Judgement! Alright folks, I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, I’ll talk to you again, real soon.


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*Alex*

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