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Feb 23, 2018

Loyalty means that you are devoted to your country, the Corps, and to your seniors, peers, and subordinates. The motto of our Corps is Semper Fidelis!, (Always Faithful). You owe unwavering loyalty up and down the chain of command, to seniors, subordinates, and peers.

To improve your loyalty you should show your loyalty by never discussing the problems of the Marine Corps or your unit with outsiders. Never talk about seniors unfavorably in front of your subordinates. Once a decision is made and the order is given to execute it, carry out that order willingly as if it were your own.


Episode Transcription

[INTRO]

♫ Trenches by Pop Evil ♫

*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*

Good morning, good afternoon, good evening, whatever time it happens to be. You guys know you don’t have to listen to Morning Mindset in the Morning, right? Even though it’s called that, you can listen any time of day or night. I’ll let ya. I’ll give you permission, how does that sound? *Laughs* So whenever it is you happen to be listening, welcome back and man, we’re getting close. We’ve been focusing on the 14 United States Marine Corps Leadership Traits, and we’re all the way down to the last 2. The L in JJDIDTIEBUCKLE, is Loyalty.

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Alright referring back to our Training Material, Loyalty means you are devoted to your country, your Corps, your Seniors & Peers, and subordinates. The motto of our corps is Semper Fidelis, meaning “Always Faithful”. You owe unwavering loyalty up & down the chain of command, to Seniors, Subordinates and Peers. Yes, I fully understand that the vast majority of you listening to the sound of my voice right now are Not United States Marines. *Laughs* So you say “Paul, I can’t practice the motto ‘Semper Fidelis/Always Faithful’, and I don’t really have a Marine Corps chain of command.”

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No, I understand that you don’t. You can still exercise loyalty to your country, your family, community, seniors, peers and subordinates. Exercising Loyalty, I think in addition to having a tremendous crisis of leadership in the United States of America, I believe we also have a Loyalty crisis. How many of our children today are taught to be Loyal? You say “Well, I want my kid to be Loyal and I think kids should be Loyal and adults should be Loyal to each other.” But are we really? Because this goes back to Selfishness & Unselfishness.

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When we raise children to become Teenagers and then young adults. We raise them to believe that their comfort is the most important thing in the world, and how they feel about something is the most important thing in the world. Their feeling, their personal comfort, their psychological comfort, if they ever become uncomfortable physically or psychologically, then something is Wrong. How can you be Loyal to others, how can you practice Loyalty to others when you’ve been raised to believe that it’s your own personal feelings or comfort, that is the most important thing in the world?

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Hmm… that’s kind of, there’s an incongruity there, isn’t there? What does the Marine Corps suggest for ways to improve this particular trait? To improve your Loyalty, you should show your Loyalty by never discussing the problems of your Marine Corps, outside of your unit or to outsiders. Never talk about seniors unfavorably in front of subordinates, once a decision is made and the order is given to execute it, carry it out willingly, as if it were your own. Well obviously, many of you guys are not in the Marine Corps, but let’s talk about discussing problems outside of the chain of command.

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Discussing your own personal problems and do we not see this constantly? Through Social Media, through Facebook especially? People will discuss Personal things, Publicly. You shouldn’t do that. Wherever you happen to be; a Workplace situation, a Family situation, a coaching or teaching situation, there’s always going to be issues. That’s the way the of the world, that’s how we live. No family is perfect, no Job is perfect. You’re going to encounter troubles, conflicts within. Deal with those conflicts from within, without dragging outsiders into it.

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How many times have you encountered someone who is having a problem in one of these situations, and they tell you about how screwed up their boss is? Or about how screwed up their supervisor is, or about how their company is run by a bunch of idiots, and ‘you won’t believe what these idiots made me do’. Now if you’re going to be a member of that company, of that party, a member of that family or community, and remain a member of it, you should probably exercise a bit of Loyalty towards them.

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Now if that company is so ridiculous, so stupid that you can’t take it, then have the courage to, going back to the C in BUCKLE, have the courage to resign and leave there. But don’t stay there. If you’re staying there you should be there for a purpose. Now let’s talk about talking about seniors unfavorably in front of your subordinates. Now when I was in the Marine Corps, did I think that every decision made by someone higher rank than me was a great one? No, I didn’t. But you don’t discuss that in front of your subordinates, because what does that do?

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It creates, *fumbles* let’s say I’m a Corporal, and a Staff Sergeant tells me “Take your team and go do This. You need to go do this.” So as a Corporal I go to the Lance Corporals and Privates and PFC’s, I say “You’re never going to believe what Staff Sergeant said to do. That’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard, and that’s wrong.” That’s going to breed Disloyalty in the unit. If you as the Supervisor go out to the Shop Floor and you’re like “Hey, that idiot in the front office says he wants us to do this and that’s probably the stupidest thing I’ve heard all day” the people who work at that company are not going to have respect for the boss, the owner, what have you, and you’re going to breed disloyalty.

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You say “Well big deal, the person who gave me that instruction was an idiot.” Okay, you may think they’re an idiot, but how long is it going to be until the people listening to you turn on you, and do the exact same thing? Because that is the example you set for them. “Once an order is given, carry it out willingly, as if it were your own.” Demonstrating Loyalty, Demonstrating Loyalty.

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Loyalty, it’s one of those things people will observe. If you are Loyal, if you exhibit Loyalty towards your command, toward your company, toward your family, toward your community. If you do that, others will pay attention, others will see that, and they will emulate it. Alright, man. Tomorrow’s- I’m kind of sad, but I’m glad at the same time we’ve been able to do that. I’m very, very gratified that I have with which to use to deliver this information to you. Alright tomorrow we’re going to come all the way to the end of the leadership traits acronym, JJDIDTIEBUCKLE, BUCKLE ends with an E, and tomorrow we’re going to discuss Endurance.

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Until that time, I want to thank everyone for joining me, thank you to everyone who left Facebook messages, there are a lot of people who left Facebook messages, lot of people who left critiques and comments and so forth on their favorite podcasting application, whatever that happens to be. Thank you very much, I truly appreciate it, and we’ll be back tomorrow with even more. I’m Paul Markel, and I’ll talk to you again real soon.


[OUTRO]

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*Alex*

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