Col McClam is a career infantry officer and currently the Commanding Officer of The Basic School in Quantico, Virginia. Col McClam discusses the acronym "MOAS," which stands for Mentorship, Opportunity, Advocacy, and Sponsorship.
This episode is filled with great "Moments in Leadership" that should be heard by every leader, both officer and enlisted, especially by TBS Lieutenants and Midshipmen and Officer Candidates.
Embedded in MOAS is the importance of performance and how it is the currency by which every leader is evaluated for future potential in the Marine Corps. He pulls no punches and makes it clear that performing is a contact sport. He discusses the importance of performance because while you cannot always control where you get assigned, you CAN ALWAYS control your performance.
He teaches performance is underpinned by two metrics: Relationships and Personal Brand. The key is understanding how to navigate the complex territory of performing consistently on a daily basis while maintaining relationships and demonstrating your personal brand. It is performance in all situations and environments…not just in your PMOS. He feels every officer should be taught this from OCS until retirement.
He tells the young officers at TBS not to believe or think they are being left out because of their differences. He knows it's not about changing WHO you are; it is about changing HOW you are in this complex ecosystem called the United States Marine Corps. He believes, accurately, I may add, that we all have to assimilate when we join organizations - it happens at Google, Apple, Amazon, and Waffle House, to name a few. He told me he has changed "how" he is within the Corps and how you may need to do the same.
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Scuttlebutt Podcast EP 38: https://apple.co/3py1Wly
Former Action Guys Podcast EP 161: https://apple.co/3d1GVN0
Former Action Guys Podcast EP 141 https://apple.co/3Ppz4GU
Former Action Guys Podcast EP 60 https://apple.co/3Pi128c
Former Action Guys Podcast EP 54 https://apple.co/3Pi128c
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David B. Armstrong, CFA, is President and Co-Founder of Monument Wealth Management, an independent wealth management firm he started in 2008 in Alexandria, Va. David received his BA from the University of South Carolina in Government & International Relations and his MBA at the University of South Carolina's Moore School of Business in International Finance. He was commissioned as a Second Lieutenant through the Navy ROTC program and served on Active Duty in the Marine Corps from 1990-1997 as an Artillery Officer and then received a secondary MOS as a Tank Officer. He re-entered the Selected Marine Corps Reserves in 2003 and served in several billets across the Artillery, Tank, and Light Armored Reconnaissance communities. He retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in late 2018.