Vinson Sailors 'Get Motivated'

Story Number: NNS060929-12Release Date: 9/29/2006 4:38:00 PM
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By Mass Communication Specialist 3rd Class (SW/AW) Amanda L. Bruechert, USS Carl Vinson Public Affairs

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (NNS) -- Several USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) Sailors attended an all-day motivational seminar at Hampton Coliseum in Hampton, Va., Sept. 20 and are now using their newly gained knowledge to benefit themselves and their co-workers.

"Get Motivated" featured eight speakers, including former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, Virginia Tech Head Football Coach Frank Beamer, and renowned finance expert Suze Orman.

All speakers presented their knowledge and advice on topics, ranging from motivation to finance and marketing to leadership.

"I have taken on an increased leadership position as a new chief, and thought [the seminar] would be beneficial to me to learn what I can about leadership and motivation... and how to apply it to my junior Sailors in our day-to-day work," said Chief Hospital Corpsman (SW/AW/FMF) Cynthia Aiken.

During the seminar, Giuliani discussed what he considers to be the six most important qualities of being a good leader: accountability, optimism, courage, preparedness, communication and integrity.

"Integrity requires carefully developing and upholding a set of inviolable beliefs and strongly held values," Giuliani stated. "Principled leaders must not only set a moral compass, but also effectively communicate a code of conduct to those they lead. They are obligated to remain faithful to their core convictions in order to demand and inspire the same in others. If you don't know who you are and what you stand for, you will find that you aren't leading people, you are following them."

Author and speaker Zig Ziglar discussed how to use creativity to increase and maintain motivation and optimism.

"Zig Ziglar said that when things are going well within yourself, it reflects in your work," said Hospital Corpsman 3rd Class (SW) Devan Ebanks. "So when you are happy, you are more productive at work, and it shows. If you look at life in a positive way, you are a more successful person and everyone around you in turn is happier."

Coach Beamer spoke at the seminar via satellite and when asked what he does to motivate his team, he simply said, "Be honest. I never try to make up things to get them to play well. I tell them the facts. If you are prepared, you have the confidence and the opportunity to be successful. There is a very thin line between being successful and not being successful."

With so many speakers sharing advice, knowledge and expertise, it was hard for most Vinson Sailors to walk away not feeling motivated.

"The one thing I took most to heart is that I can make a difference, whether it is positive or negative, and I obviously want to have a positive impact," Aiken said. "Zig Ziglar stressed to us that we all have the ability to make that positive difference."

"Some key things I took away from the day is to show gratitude more often towards co-workers and to invest more in myself," said Chief Hospital Corpsman (SW/AW) Margaret Whalen. "Making sure medical needs, spiritual needs, financial needs and personal relationships are all taken care of and in balance. They all intertwine with each other, and when one is out of balance, all of them will be."

Carl Vinson is currently undergoing its scheduled refueling complex overhaul (RCOH) at Northrop Grumman Newport News shipyard. The RCOH is an extensive yard period that all Nimitz-class aircraft carriers go through near the mid-point of their 50-year life cycle.

During RCOH Carl Vinson's nuclear fuel will be replenished and the ship's services and infrastructure will be upgraded to make her the most state-of-the-art aircraft carrier in the fleet and prepare for another 25 years or more of service.

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