Follow Adam Linkedin Twitter Facebook
Email Adam Email
Financial
Nov 15, 2017

Leadership Lessons From The Battleship

Sponsored Content provided by Adam Shay - Managing Partner, Adam Shay CPA, PLLC

Our team was fortunate enough to recently take part in a lunch-and-learn Academy Leadership session with Ron Hewett at the USS North Carolina

It was an interesting afternoon spent discovering more about how leadership principles that apply to life on a battleship can also apply to our modern-day accounting firm. 

Each of us took away different lessons from the session, but there were five main takeaways:

  1. Everything you do should reflect professionalism. You can have fun doing what you're doing, but you should always leave that impression of professionalism.  What are people's first impressions when they walk into an office? Do they feel comforted and reassured by your professionalism? How do people and data flow in and out of your organization?
  2. People should be held accountable for the work they do… or don’t do. There should be rewards for jobs well-done, as well as repercussions for not meeting expectations.  Accountability is a key component of the autonomous environment that flat-level organizations operate. While the military is anything but a flat organization, accountability is a core value of military life.
  3. Do Your Job. Tied to the previous point, you have an obligation and expectation to do the job you are supposed to do. Other team members, as well as customers, are depending upon you.   You don't want to let them down. Do what is expected of you - and more.
  4. Communication and Feedback. There should be constant communication and feedback within a team. People need to know who is doing what and what they each can do to help the team succeed. We need to take a more frequent step out of the digital world and do those in-person meetings and phone calls.
  5. Everyone has to take his or her responsibilities seriously, not shirk them. Accepting responsibilities brings opportunities for success and growth.
It was exciting to spend part of an afternoon on the battleship and enlightening to learn that the principles of leadership required to operate the USS North Carolina during wartime situations in the 1940s can be used in our firm on a day-to-day basis.

Adam Shay, CPA (N.C. License Number 35961), MBA, is managing partner of Adam Shay CPA, PLLC. He focuses on minimizing taxes and improving the financial results of entrepreneurs, and is actively involved in supporting the Wilmington entrepreneurial and startup community. For more information, visit http://www.wilmingtontaxesandaccounting.com/ or email him at [email protected]. He can also be reached by phone at (910) 256-3456.
 

Other Posts from Adam Shay

Adam shay blk 52015121549
Ico insights

INSIGHTS

SPONSORS' CONTENT
Headshot2

Supply Chain Education and the State of the Industry

Dani Somers - North Carolina Wesleyan
Jim ellis headshot 10311631058

Questions to Ask Before Choosing a Digital Agency

Jim Ellis - Signal
Alyce 4 april242017

Investors with A Cause Can Put their Money Where their Hearts Are

Alyce Phillips - Old North State Trust LLC

Trending News

Luxury Home Sales Reach Record Height In May

Cece Nunn - Jun 17, 2019

In The Current Issue

Novant Health Orthopedics & Spine Opens In Supply

Novant Health has opened an orthopedics and spine office in Supply, providing degenerative spine condition services, orthopedic spine surger...


WilmingtonBiz Magazine's Health Issue Is Out

The Greater Wilmington Business Journal's latest edition of the WilmingtonBiz Magazine is out. The issue takes an in-depth look at the area'...


First Carolina To Open Full-service Branch

First Carolina Bank, which has maintained a loan production office in Wilmington since September 2017, will open a full-service branch here....

Book On Business

The 2019 WilmingtonBiz: Book on Business is an annual publication showcasing the Wilmington region as a center of business.

Order Your Copy Today!


Galleries

Videos

2019 WilmingtonBiz Expo Keynote Lunch - CEO, nCino, Pierre Naude`
Transporting the Future - Power Breakfast 3.12.2019
Health Care Heroes 2018