WSMR leaders came together April 16 to discuss the importance of SHARP processes and procedures during a day-long SHARP Summit on post.Executive Director Paul Mann and Garrison Commander Col. Brian Michelson hosted the event along with Army Community Services staff members.
At the conclusion of the summit, Mann said leadership is a contact sport.
“You have to get engaged. We can’t stop by and watch things progress without taking action,” he said. “WSMR is a big part of the national security plan, what we do is important, and doing something wrong hurts all of us.”
Three panels were held at the ACS building, the Professional Development Center and concluded at the Post Theater.
Jason Lowery presented for Panel 1: Case Studies for Supervisors.
Lowery said the group discussed the importance of focusing on the facts, the processes and the procedures. He also pointed out that it is important not to dwell too much on emotions, but focus on the facts.
The group also discussed the importance of understanding that both the victim and the accuser have rights. “Don’t discount that fact. You certainly don’t want to take sides, you want to focus on the facts,” he said.
“Don’t intervene or impede the process, you want to protect the process and stick with it and allow the process to work its way through,” Lowery said. “It is important to have faith in the process and allow it to come out.”
He also pointed out that there are many resources available to leaders, and said it is important that leaders make use of those resources. For questions on the SHARP process and resources contact Dr. Cindi Drake.
In conclusion, Lowery said it is important to take part in the process and to keep resources in mind.
Jose Gallegos presented for Panel 2: Command Climate and Trust.
Gallegos said leaders bring values to the table and they can create a trusting climate.
He pointed out that the culture at WSMR has evolved and the standards that applied over 20 years ago don’t apply today.
“As leaders we are role models and we should expect more from ourselves and others,” he said.
Gallegos said the organization’s culture is defined by behavior, values, perceptions, assumptions, generational differences, and expectations.
“They tie the organization together and the environment you create as a leader in your organization can lead to mission accomplishment or not.”
Gallegos said there are some things leaders need to improve on. “It is our responsibility as leaders to rebuild trust, to address the issues and hopefully rebuild that trust to an acceptable level.”
“How do you build trust? Your employees must see you as a reliable person, consistent, someone they can depend on, someone with integrity and honesty, a fair person,” Gallegos said. “When in doubt do the right thing for the organization based on the facts.”
Gallegos concluded by saying that it is important for leaders to treat people in their organization with dignity and respect.
“Each person in your organization deserves that respect. Everyone is a valued member and we must do our best to make sure each and every one has the same opportunity.”
Don Morrison, DES director, presented for Panel 3: Legal updates, process, procedures and program changes.
He said it is important not to sit back idle. “Know what the differences are.”
“You have to stop and do something,” Morrison said.
He said supervisors have a responsibility to act and they need to make sure things get done.
“We all should be able to see when something is not right. We have to stop it now,” he said.
At the end of the event, Michelson thanked everyone present for their participation in the summit. He recognized Dr. Cindy Drake, SHARP Program Manager, Patsy Gomez, ACS Director, and Kate McNeely, Deputy to the Garrison Commander, for their work in putting the summit together. He also pointed out that leaders can use DES, SHARP and JAG as resources.