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Feb 9, 2018

Dependability means that you can be relied upon to perform your duties properly. It means that you can be trusted to complete a job. It is the willing and voluntary support of the policies and orders of the chain of command. Dependability also means consistently putting forth your best effort in an attempt to achieve the highest standards of performance.


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*

Welcome back to Morning Mindset, and welcome back to the United States Marine Corps Leadership Traits. Now if this is your first one, what I would suggest that you do is go back to the previous two so you can get the whole deal. Alright, I don’t want you guys to miss out on anything. Now the D in JJDIDTIEBUCKLE, the first D is Dependability, uugghh Dependability, you mean to be where you’re supposed to be when you’re supposed to be there? Wha~at? That sounds like something you’d want from your employees, not from your supervisors and leaders.

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Well it goes both ways, and according to the United States Marine Corps, Dependability means that you can be relied on to perform your duties properly. It means you can be trusted to complete a job, it is the willing and voluntary support of the policies and orders of the chain of command. Big Military word [phrase] there. Dependability also means putting forth your best effort in order to achieve the highest standards of performance. Alright, like I said many of you, when I said Dependability when we started, you thought “That’s something I expect from my children, that’s something I expect from my workers, that’s something I expect from people that I’m supervising, that I employ. That’s not something I need to do as a boss or a supervisor or a leader.”

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Actually it is! How many of you out there are a parents, and if you aren’t a parent I can tell you this, if you ever become a parent, your children, they’re not just going to do what you tell them to do. They’re not going to just follow the rules as you’ve explained to them, what they’re going to do is they’re going to mimic your behavior, and if you are not a dependable person, they will not be a dependable person. If you want them to do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, then you need to do that yourself. A Leader has to set the example, we haven’t really stressed that too much, but it should really go without saying that being a leader, means setting the example and again, this is the difference between a leader and a boss.

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A boss doesn’t have to be expected to complete the job to the highest standard possible, a boss just says “Go and do it”. There are a lot of people in the world who are bosses. Politicians quite often exempt themselves from the laws and the statutes that they create for everyone else. Politicians will create laws, pass bills that apply to you and I, but it says in the bill “Oh P.S., this doesn’t apply to me, the senator. This doesn’t apply to me the representative, or what have you, it only applies to you. That’s not leadership, that’s being a boss. So what does the Marine Corps suggest for ways to improve your Dependability?

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You can increase your Dependability by making a habit of being where you’re supposed to be on time, by not making excuses, and by carrying out every task to the best of your ability regardless or not if you like it. Wow, let’s break that down real quick. Being where you’re supposed to be, when you’re supposed to be there. Super simple, it seems to be super simple, but as a leader you’ve got the be there First. If the work day starts at 8, 8:30, Etc, I don’t care, it doesn’t matter when the work day starts. If you’re supposed to be there, if everyone’s supposed to be there, you need to be there.

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The fact of the matter is if you expect all your people to be at work on time, clocked in, ready to begin the day at 8 and you don’t show up until 8:15, they’re not gonna show up until 8:15 because “Why should I be here on time, when the person who’s in charge can’t even be here on time?” Yes, I know there are reasons sometimes why you can’t, but there’s a difference between an occasional being late and being late consistently, just because “I’m the boss and I can show up whenever I want to”. Okay, you can’t do that, a leader can’t just show up whenever they want to. A Boss can, ‘cause he’s like  “I’m the boss and I can show up whenever I want to, and if you don’t show up on time Imma punish you.”

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That's not how we inspire others, that’s not how we inspire enthusiasm in others, *laughs*.  Be where you’re supposed to be, on time. When I was in the United States Marine Corps, the rule of thumb was quite simple, if you’re supposed to be in formation or wherever at a set time, you needed to be there 15 minutes early. We were always told “If you’re not 15 minutes early, your late”. Now you say “That doesn’t make any sense, that’s crazy Marine Corps thinking”, *Laughs*. But the point is you need to be where you’re supposed to be, on time. Alright where else are we at here? It says, don’t make excuses! ^Excuses vs. Reasons, it sounds like something we’ve discussed previously on Morning Mindset, the difference between an Excuse and a Reason.

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If you couldn’t be where you’re supposed to be, or do what you’re supposed to do, legitimately need to address that and say “Okay was there a Reason that this didn’t get done?” Or was it an excuse? I got tired, didn’t want to, got distracted, those are excuses. Do the best to your ability, perform the tasks to the best of your ability, regardless of whether or not you agree with it, and this one may not so much apply to the normal, civilian world or the civilian workplace. But in the Military, you have to do the job, you have to meet the assignment, you need to focus on the mission and quite often if you’re a leader-, for instance if you’re a Corporal or a Sergeant, Etc, everybody has a boss and everybody has someone over them.

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So you’re a Corporal and you have a squad that you are in charge of, and the Staff Sergeant, comes to you, the Corporal, and says “You need to take your squad and go do Blank”. You realize that it’s a crap job, it’s not a fun job, people aren’t going to like it. But as a leader you can’t go back to your people and say “Well, I know this is a bunch of bullcrap, and I don’t agree with it, but Staff Sergeant says this has to get done, so I guess we gotta do it.” No, because if your perform and act that way, your people are going to be like “He’s right, this is crap and we shouldn’t be doing it.” As a leader, you need to do it to the best of your ability, regardless of whether or not if you agree with it.

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If you are a low-level Supervisor, you may not see the entire big picture, you may not know what everyone else is doing and the person who have you this assignment may not have time to sit down with you, hold your hand, and explain to you why that mission is important. You just need to trust that that mission is important and that it needs to get done. Sometimes it’s not fun, sometimes you have to do inventory and have to count everything, you’re like “Eeeeck, we spend all year long messing with this stuff and now we have to sit down and count each and every one of them? I don’t wanna do that, it’s a waste of my time.” Yes, but it needs to be done, does it not? Yes it does.

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So whether or not the task is a fun task, or whether it’s something you agree with, sometimes you need to exercise Dependability and do what needs to be done. The great thing is if you do that, and let me tell you what, if you’re a young person listening to me, or even if you’re an older person, if you’re a young person you could probably use this advice more than anyone else. Do you wanna have a good job, do you wanna be promoted in your job? Do you want to be given more responsibility at your place of work? It’s not really all that hard. All you have to do it be where you’re supposed to be when you’re supposed to be there, and do the job that you’ve been given, without complaining, to the best of your ability.

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If you do those things, in today’s modern world that’s like a Superpower. If you can can consistently perform, and I’m not asking you to cure cancer or do calculus or you know do rocket science, I’m just saying be where you’re supposed to be, on time, do what you’re supposed to do to the best of your ability. That’s it, if you can do that I can guarantee you, that you will be given more money and more responsibility in the very near future. Because like I said, in today’s world that is like a Superpower. *Laughs* Alright I think that’s enough for today, tomorrow we’re going to talk about Initiative. Initiative, until then remember that I am your host Paul Markel, and I will talk to you again, real soon.


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*Alex*

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