On 24 Oct 2018 at around 4:20 PM Satish came to me and said he registered for MCLS which would be on the precise following day from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM at Hine Hall RM 132 and suggested me to enlist, however actually a few days ago, Heena is the one who came up with this but I didn’t care about it for some reason. They both tried to explain to me whatever they have contemplated MCLS but still, I don’t have any idea why I should register to MCLS and how that is related to me but however at last, with their insistence, I registered for MCLS with a thought and anxiety of what would happen there.
Starting at now, the great part is they offered free breakfast and Lunch.
We reached the seminar room on time. The room was quite pleasant with around 40 members and a retired Military General who is actually leading this seminar, and Marine Corps captains, commanders, colonels, and a few recruiters.
The Marine Corps staff drew near to the people and acquainted themselves, it was like a formal greeting before filling up the room with participants.
At around 9 AM the seminar started, the retired Military General who is the primary speaker. He shared his service experience for a bit and then he introduced his Marine Corp Staff and a Military Colonel who was the guest speaker for this seminar. Each commander shared their presentation time and explained the leadership principles, traits, morals, ethics and the differences among them. It was a great significant interaction with them.
The above three core values are the foundations of Marine’s moral character and saturated into every Marine, and they said these are the building blocks for making the right decisions at the right time, both on and off the battlefield.
These three words grabbed my attention because these are the essential guidelines that anyone should have.
- Honor is the backbone of our character that entitles the ethical and moral behavior.
- Courage is the mental, moral and physical strength deep-rooted in individuals.
- Commitment is the spirit of determination and dedication within a person. I perceive that everyone must have these values within them but it’s the time that will make us recognize them.
Later, there was a fascinating gaming session that happened. For that, they separated all participants into teams and arranged some interactive games to examine our leadership abilities and teamwork. Our team consists of six members and participated in four games. I got an opportunity to lead the team for the final game. The captain separately explained to me what the game was all about and rules that need to be followed while playing the game.
The Actual Game was….
There are some white papers kept on the floor separately, in that there is a starting point and an ending point (object). Everyone in the team should reach the endpoint by passing through these papers. The interesting thing is that we should assume that some of these papers contain landmines underneath them, so my team members should follow my directions and step through these papers to reach the object.
I started directing them towards the end point some of them reached half of the distance but they were killed because they reached on to a wrong paper (since there is a landmine underneath the paper) then I was little tensed for a while because there are only two more members remaining in the team who should reach the endpoint successfully without getting killed in order to win the game.
Moreover, my team is only the team that won all the three games which were held there.
Eventually, we got everyone’s attention and everybody started looking at the game. For a moment I thought that I have to be more conscious and careful about winning this game. Keeping that point in my view, I started directing the next person which is my final team member Heena.
Slowly, she moved step by step towards the endpoint and reached the goal without any obstacles.
Finally, we won the game. Everyone, who stood there cheered and appreciated us because we are the only team that won all the games and especially the last game which was quite thrilling. The captain appreciated me and congratulated us. Finally, It’s all about the teamwork and collaboration.
Lunchtime, they have provided different types of food and drinks. I chose Grilled Veggies and a water bottle. It was a good lunch.
Some people raised some personal questions to captains such as how their family life is etc. one captain said that he was with his family just for two years in his entire fifteen years of service. I felt so gloomy for that but I still can see his great commitment towards his nation.
Lastly, the guest speaker Colonel delivered his speech on ethical leadership. If you would ask me in brief, I brought up three points
- TTB (Think Talk Behave)
- E+R=O (Event + Response= Output)
Especially, at the decision, he stated a quote “when you born you look like your parents but when you die you look like your decisions” I liked it because it has a deep meaning even it has some humor in it.
That was a motivational time and also a valuable information that anyone should learn in their life. We got some gifts and also will get a certificate to put in a resume.
I thank Heena and Satish for suggesting me to attend this seminar.
That’s the day at the Marine Corps Leadership Seminar (MCLS).
We came back to the office at around 3 PM.