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Feb 8, 2018

Judgment is your ability to think about things clearly, calmly, and in an orderly fashion so that you can make good decisions.


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 let’s get this going! I am Paul Markel, I am your host, and we’re moving on with the 14 United States Marine Corps Leadership Traits. As we discussed previously, I think it’d be a great idea for you to write these down each day as we discuss it. Now a lot of you may be drinking your coffee or you may be listening to me as you are driving back & forth to work, that’s alright because one of the big benefits of On Demand Radio, or On Demand Podcasts, On Demand Audio, is you can pause this and listen to it again later, or you can relisten!

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Yeah, I know! You’re welcome, and if you are a person who is in a position of leadership, perhaps you are the owner of a company and you have may supervisors that work for you, and those supervisors supervise many employees.  You may want to do a Leadership Seminar for your supervisors and use the Marine Corps Leadership Traits, as a tool to help them develop their Leadership Traits, and as I said there are people in Corporate America who will go to seminars and spends hundreds and hundreds of dollars to learn these very things, and these are the things I was taught.

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So some 30 years ago, when I was a Lance Corporal looking to become a Corporal, a Non-Commissioned Officer in the United States Marine Corps, alright yesterday we talked about Justice, and now we’re going to talk about the second J in J.J.D.I.D.T.I.E.B.U.C.K.L.E. Judgement! Judgement is your ability to think about things clearly, and in an orderly fashion so that you can make good decisions. Think about that for a second. How many people do you know, and maybe you’re guilty of this yourself, make their decision based upon emotion, or they make rash decisions before they clearly, calmly and in an orderly fashion, consider all the variables and the facts?

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This is not easy, I know it’s not, because in our modern world what are we given? We’re given short little snippets of information, headlines. How many of you know what a listicle is? A Listicle is an article like, “5 Things you didn’t know could kill you before age 30” or “10 Celebrities you didn’t know were Dead”, “3 Ways to Improve your Sex Life” you know, those are Listicles, and they are Bullet Point articles. Unfortunately the curse of the listicle is that people aren’t given, or they never take the time, to get an in depth view of the situation. What they get is just bullet points, and bullet point thinking is something that has been going on for a long time in our country.

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But in order to exercise sound Judgement, you need more than just the bullet points, right? As we about during a previous episode of Morning Mindset, with the ^Absolutes, we have these Zero Tolerance Policies. Zero Tolerance is not taking the time to clearly, calmly and in an orderly fashion consider all the facts of the case, no. Zero Tolerance means you just take the bullet points, ya know, Little Johnny had antihistamines, was given Benadryl, we found Benadryl in his backpack, and “That’s a drug, and we have a Zero Tolerance Policy on drugs, so little Johnny is suspended.” That’s not judgement.

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So how can you improve your Judgement? Well according to Marine Corps Leadership Traits, you can improve your Judgement if you avoid making rash decisions. Making decisions based off what? The bullet points, or emotions. Approach problems with a common-sense attitude, and again, here we are in our modern world, with our critical loss or lack of leaders. How can you, you know what is a Judge? Now if you know anything about the judicial system, you know you have someone sitting up on a bench, and they have to Judge the facts of the case. But when a judge renders a decision or makes a decision, they should take their time. You’ve heard of Deliberation, right? What is deliberation, why does the jury get up and leave the room and go into another room. Why do they do that? I mean they heard everything, they’re sitting right there in the jury box, why don’t they just vote right now?

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Mm, “Guilty!” or “Not Guilty!” Why don’t they just do it right now? Because it’s important enough, the situation is important enough that they take the time to get up, go back into a private room quietly, and consider all of the facts, not just weight it upon their emotions. You know “I don’t like the way that guy looked, he’s gotta be guilty”, things of that nature. When you have a judge, that is called a bench trial, where there is no jury, where the judge gets to decide. Judges will leave, go to their chambers, and come back (quite often) and render a decision. Why do they do that? Because they are taking the time to consider all of the facts, and why do they go somewhere by themselves? Why do they go back in their “Chambers” to do it? Because if they’re trying to make a judgement, in and around a bunch of people who are trying to get their attention, it’s really hard to make a clear, calm and orderly decision when you’re distracted, when other people are constantly hounding you.

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So if you are in a position where, you may have to make a decision, you may have to make a decision where you reduce your staff. You may have to let some people go, or maybe your initial reaction is “I need to let some people go”, but before you do that, try to make a clear and calm decision, decide if that is the best way to do things. Maybe it is, maybe it isn’t, you don’t know. I can’t tell you in your personal life what is the best way to make a clear, calm and orderly decision, to make a good decision. But I can tell you this; before you make a decision based upon emotion, or the bullet points, especially if it’s an important decision in your life or in your business.

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Take the time, I would say go somewhere where there are no distractions, and the distractions may include taking your phone with you. You may wanna take your phone somewhere, put it on airplane mode or just put it on the charger and go for a walk. Clear your head, and whatever it is that decision you need to make, you’re going to make the decision based upon your experience and education, but also based upon the facts of the situation. So Judgement, and remember we’re talking about being a Leader here, and sometimes being a leader means you have to make hard decisions, and if you want to make the correct decision, even if it is difficult, you need to exercise sound Judgement.

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Alright guys, so we’re 2 into it, we had ^Justice & Judgement, tomorrow we’re going to talk about Dependability, and if you’re one of those slick folks to popped over to Kindle and you typed in the words Paul G. Markel, you found the Patriot Fire Team Manual on kindle and downloaded it on your phone, then you can follow along through the discussion. As always, I’ll talk to you again real soon.


[OUTRO]

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*Alex*

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