Top Ten Entry Level Officer (ELO) Rules

May 2, 2010

This is strictly personal opinion but reflects some lessons I think we have not been adequately teaching to new incoming staff:

  1. I will sit at rapt attention in meetings regardless of the meeting topic
  2. I will honor my commitments when representing the U.S. Government.
  3. I will RSVP when requested.
  4. I will volunteer.
  5. I will not appear frustrated or angry before subordinates.
  6. I will watch my colleagues’ backs and work as a team; when one of us looks bad, we all look bad.
  7. I will have the courage to ask management for help and for fairness.
  8. I will listen more than I will speak.
  9. I will assume I have more to learn than I have to contribute.
  10. I will not forget these rules.

Again, strictly personal opinion.