Submarine Commodore Mentioned in Covey Book

Story Number: NNS050316-12Release Date: 3/16/2005 3:34:00 PM
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By Chief Journalist (SW/AW) David Rush, Commander, Submarine Force Public Affairs

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (NNS) -- The latest book by one of the most influential leadership authors has included references to a Pacific Fleet submarine commodore.

Capt. David Marquet, commodore, Submarine Squadron 3, and his effective leadership tools are included in Dr. Stephen R. Covey's book, The Eighth Habit - From Effectiveness to Greatness.

"I was the executive officer on USS Hawkbill (SSN 666) when I started using Covey's habits," Marquet said.

Upon returning to sea duty as commanding officer of USS Santa Fe (SSN 763), he immediately implemented it in his wardroom.

"The mechanism we developed was, instead of asking permission, the officers would say, 'I intend to.' I had seen this practiced on other submarines that ran well," said Marquet. "The ship showed a lot of improvement during the time that we implemented the 'I intend to,' as well as some of the other Covey habits."

While commanding Santa Fe, Marquet got the opportunity not only to meet Covey in person, but also to show him how he was using Covey's ideas to operate his submarine. The 'I intend to' inspired Covey to include this leadership tool in his latest book, The Eight Habit.

"The very best thing is to be proactive," Marquet said. "If that's the only thing you do, you will probably become 10 times more effective of a person or organization."

In 2000, Santa Fe was awarded the 1999 Arleigh Burke Trophy for most improved submarine, ship or aviation squadron in the Pacific.

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