Communication and Collaboration

From Commander, Military Sealift Command

Communication and Collaboration

Effective communication is vital to the success of an organization. At MSC we have spent the past two years trying to improve our communication processes and the flow of information to ashore and afloat staff.

 

 

The Voyage Plan is our strategic guidance document that keeps us moving in the right direction by communicating our mission, vision, pillars, and strategic themes. Accompanying the Voyage Plan is Navigation Track, which supports our four strategic themes through lines of effort with specific, detailed and measureable tasks.

Additional tools we are using to increase communication flow and enable a collaborative, team-based approach to enhance our daily work:

  • Weekly email Blog discusses a hot topic or item of interest;
  • “United We Sail” Podcast series provides an opportunity to explore a topic in-depth;
  • “The Pulse” Vlog, a short video designed to communicate topics of interest to our Mariners;
  • Monthly newsletters from the N-codes and Special Assistants: Ethics Compass, HRO Newsflash, Ashore Safety Newsletter, and SAPR Newsletter;
  • Monthly Sealift newspaper with articles and information about our Mariners and ships, and news from headquarters;
  • Information products such as the Year in Review almanac, MSC Handbook, and ships poster are good for learning more about the command and educating partners about the work we do at MSC;
  • Quarterly All-Hands meetings where we can meet and engage on issues affecting the command; and
  • Contact Command Leadership via the portal provides an avenue to communicate directly with senior leadership about any topic.

All of these products are accessible on our iNavy portal site, the public MSC webpage, or via email distribution. Your supervisor can always help you obtain these communication products.

One of the goals of our communication efforts is to stimulate discussion. I encourage you to discuss with your teammates the ideas, concepts, and issues presented and look for ways to use this knowledge to better inform the work we are doing at MSC.

If you have ideas on how to better communicate issues and information within the command, please share your thoughts with your supervisor or our Public Affairs team.

Thank you for all you do each day for MSC, our Navy, and our Nation.

United We Sail,

Rear Adm. Dee L. Mewbourne, USN

Commander, Military Sealift Command

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