A Call to Action
At the Naval Institute's 129th Annual Meeting, Foundation Vice Chairman Steve Cohen spoke about the organization's key values. This is an edited excerpt:
I was invited to an executive education luncheon at the police academy in New York City last fall. There were 35-40 very senior police officers, down to the precinct captain level. The speaker was a friend of mine, a West Point grad who has written a terrific book about his alma mater. He talked about the leadership lessons of West Point. At the end, he said, "Are there any questions?" Complete silence.
I felt guilty-this was my friend. So I raised my hand and I asked a question. He answered and said, "Anyone else?" Again, complete silence.
Afterward, we asked the person who had organized the luncheon, "Was this an unsuccessful event?" He said, "No, this was the best we've ever had. But nobody asks questions in the New York City Police Department because they're afraid of what senior officials-what senior officers-might think."