Skip the scheduled Lobotomy at the SMA, develop a great dislike for reflective belts and invite troops to walk on the grass even if you ambush them when they do :). On a serious note, get out and know your Senior NCO's not just when you are ripping them a new one. Sit down with your 1SG's and find out whats going on in the companies before it becomes a blotter report or a command climate survey issue. Be visible to the Junior NCO's, enlisted and officers. Support mentoring through the ranks to grow the nest generation of junior NCO's and senior NCO's. Weed out the substandard NCO's who slipped through the cracks and poison the NCO corp. Keep your boss informed on all things enlisted and seek his support. Above all be the best that you can be while still being a human being. A private shouldn't just stroll into your office and bum a cup of joe but they also should do danger area movements to avoid your door or window. Also on the side have some fun and remember to laugh sometimes.
I think that it demonstrates something important that you are not only willing to ask seniors but potential subordinates. That shows that you already understand that there is always room to change and learn. Bravo CSM. I think that if you hold onto that right there you will be just fine.
Congrats on the promotion CSM! I have to say that you are the first CSM / SGM that I have ever seen pose this question. That says a lot about your awesome character. That said, this is coming from a CPT, so take it for what it’s worth (probably not much), and I doubt I will say anything that you don’t already know. Here goes: (1) Don’t forget where you came from. I’m sure you have had some not so great experiences with CSMs before, that probably cared only about #1...I know I have. (2) As a leader, it’s easy to think we are above the advice / constructive criticism of our subordinates. Don’t be like that. The easiest way to lose credibility is to set standards, not follow those standards yourself, and get upset when someone calls you on it. I’ve also had experience in that regard. (3) Say what you mean and mean what you say. (4) Don’t play favorites. I can’t count how many times I’ve witnessed that. Truthfully, I don’t think you’ll have any issues, and I’m solely basing that on you being able to come on to a social media platform like this and ask the question that you asked.
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