Legacy of Connection

Vern Clark is a humble man and he is quick to say that he’s not perfect.  Nonetheless, the Navy achieved some impressive gains during his tenure as CNO and the naval leaders I’ve met or spoken with have praised his leadership and positive impact.  In approximately 18 months after Admiral Clark became CNO, first term re-enlistment soared from less than the Navy’s goal of 38 percent to 56.7 percent.   

As the Navy improved sailor retention and developed greater alignment with Admiral Clark’s vision, it became faster and more responsive.  By the time Clark retired as the second longest serving CNO in U.S. Navy history, he had led changes that would have a positive effect on the U.S. Navy for years to come.  

Vern and Connie Clark are outstanding examples of Christians who are a blessing to the cultures they are a part of, including their family and friends, their church and the U.S. Navy.  Like the Clarks, are you staying connected to the Lord in prayer?  Are you staying connected with your church family and intentionally reaching out to connect with the people in your neighborhood and workplace?   What’s one action you can take this week to begin rescuing the cultures you are in? 

Michael Lee Stallard speaks and teaches seminars on leadership, productivity and innovation at churches, businesses, schools and government organizations.  He is president of E Pluribus Partners and the primary author of Fired Up or Burned Out: How to Reignite Your Team’s Passion, Creativity and Productivity (Thomas Nelson). This article was adapted from earlier articles published in leadership journals. 

Publication date: August 23, 2012