I am happy to say that one of my friends has taken on a new position and is leaving his current post. I am going to see him off with a dinner which has become very common these days. What makes this different is that my friend is a Government Civilian GS. I have seen many government officials over the years complain and I have seen many move around internally but very few (VERY) few have I seen that have taken the initiative and have had the courage to move on to another organization holistically.
From my perspective it is very telling. Most people spend their days complaining and DO NOTHING. In this case, he did something. Beyond the fact that he actively looked for work, he did his job and from my view he did it well. I used to work for him while working at Joint Force / Staff and I appreciated the relationship. We can sit idle and complain, we can bitch and moan and go to the office everyday or we can stand up for what we believe in and maintain our integrity. We can lead and if folks don’t want to follow, we can ask them to lead, and if they don’t want to lead we can get out. It works in both directions, if a situation is not tolerable we have to have the same courage to leave as we do to stand up for what is right. So.. I say congrats to my friend Gregg, I wish you well and thank you for having the courage to stand up for what you believe in.