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Truman Thursdays – Commanding Officer Joe Clarkson on Leadership

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As promised, over the next several Thursdays I’ll be sharing interviews with some of the commissioned and enlisted personnel I met on my recent trip to the aircraft carrier, USS Harry S Truman. The basic question I asked everyone was, “What are you looking for in a leader?”  First up with his answer to that question is the commanding officer of the Truman, Captain Joe Clarkson. If you’re looking for insights into how the top leader of a complex operation approaches his job, listen to what Captain Clarkson has to say.

(By the way, the plane launching from the deck in the opening segment is an E-2 Hawkeye.)


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Thorwald van der Tooren July 1, 2011 at 7:55 am

Respect, respect Joe. How wonderful to see someone from the days when simple was still simple, truths were truths and a man’s word was something you could count on. Remember the great days with Steven at Priory and boy scouts in Kingston. I’d love to keep in touch and maybe exchange some stories with you. Am currently living in the Netherlands with my wife (to be), teaching English to young kids (like you and I, some 30 odd years ago). Be well my friend. Until then, Thorwald

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