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Thursday, April 13, 2006

Standards & Values - Selfless Commitment

I'm in a bit of a rush and won't be around for a couple of days so I'll leave you with this. In 2001 the Army published a document entitled 'Standards & Values'. It was an attempt, and a good one, to codify exactly what the army expects of the individual soldier and what each soldier should expect from his or her comrades.

Why was this necessary?

The hierarchy felt that in a changing society the 'traditional' values which had exemplified the British Army weren't understood enough.

The first value listed is 'Selfless Commitment'.

So tell me - what does this mean to you and do you ever see it in practice in your workplace?

I'll post the army explanation in a couple of days. For those of you who can't wait you can find it at the army website (link on my sidebar).

12 Comments:

Anonymous Mr Angry said...

Selfless committment? Hmmm. I once walked all the way to the corner shop to get milk so my colleagues could have tea. Does that count?

5:13 pm  
Blogger d34dpuppy said...

give up urself 4 ur mates i expect, bet ol harry dunno wot it means at all,eh?

5:45 pm  
Anonymous Rob said...

I'd take a guess it means you commit to your work over everything else. I think I've seen it before when at work, but that was probably because people were either bored or needed the money form extra hours.

6:53 pm  
Blogger tideliar said...

I'm with pup...be prepared to "take one for the team"? I've got a bunch of mates up in Washington DC who are in/out of the forces. Lot of them are very gung-ho! Hooah! Have an airborne kinda day! and bit twatish about it...always going on and on about "I'd have taken that round if I'd have known it was coming in" and stuff...dunno. Suppose you have to be self-sacricing to an extent, but if everyone is trying to be the one to "take the next round" to save a buddy, you'd all get shot pretty quick wouldn't you?

6:55 pm  
Blogger JonnyB said...

I work for myself and I have to say that I am terribly uncommitted, and a rubbish employee.

8:13 pm  
Blogger FOUR DINNERS said...

I'm commited to vodka, Oldham Athletic and chicken vindaloo. Does that count?

8:35 pm  
Blogger Donna said...

My father died when I was young, but one of the values he taught me was that if a job is worth doing, it is worth doing well.

I'm not anal about it, but when I believe in what I'm doing, I do try and give it the extra. So far over the years, it is an attitude that has won me friends and respect, as well as getting the job done and making me feel better.

10:17 am  
Blogger Theblonde said...

That'll be the 'above and beyond the call of duty' stuff then, going the extra mile.

2:32 pm  
Blogger gonorr said...

SOme of my workmates have it and do the job as it's meant to be. However, we are outnumbered by those who think it's big and clever to do as little as possible, lie about the hours they work, not bother if the job is too difficult and make up results.
Still, I know I can rely on my mates and vice versa.

7:52 am  
Anonymous Grimmy said...

Mission first- Regardless of cost. Your men second. Yourself last.

That's how we was taught the meaning of that particular phrase.

8:55 am  
Blogger Universal Soldier said...

Mr A - Only if it was raining.

D34D - if he doesn't he'll learn. I think the spell in the army will be good for him.

Rob - pretty much.

Tideliar - I suspect a lot of that is bluff and bluster.

JonnyB - you should complain to the management.

FourDinners - supporting Oldham definitely requires Selfless Commitment.

Donna/The Blonde - I agree although it's not always easy.

Gonorr - there's plenty of them lurking around the army as well though.

Grimmy - pretty much.

9:16 am  
Blogger pte hewitt said...

putting my team and my mission before my own needs

12:29 am  

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