Editor's note: Heather Driscoll was a lieutenant in the US Navy, serving as an active-duty surface warfare officer from 2012 to 2019. She is a master’s candidate in international education policy at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.
To mark Veteran’s Day, Usable Knowledge asked Driscoll how her military service shapes her life and work as an educator.
The Lessons of Service
Military service has shaped every aspect of my life, and the lessons I carry with me will significantly impact my work as an educator. Here are just a few of those lessons.
What I Learned About Contributing to an Effective Organization
- Observe how an organization operates before coming in and trying to implement change. Action should be based on thorough observation of how an organization functions from the inside rather than based on what you assume the problem to be from the outside.
- Develop a set of core values among members of the organization and ensure that they are known and adhered to.
- Establish a culture of professionalism and accountability, which comes through leading by example and holding everyone in the organization (both above and below), to a high standard.