A few things I plan to keep in mind:
– Basics matter: Good air, water, exercise, sleep, and food are essential for everybody – even (especially?) if no-shit Armageddon has arrived. Ignore this one at your peril.
– People skills matter: You will have no authority, and very little force projection power. Better plan on being damned persuasive, as it is the biggest tool in your kit.
– Good judgment matters: Lives will be saved and lives will be lost by judgment calls. Think it through, and don’t be driven by events. Choose actions that are reality-based and well considered. Chess, not checkers, ja?
– Good leaders matter: It’s not just the General Bethlehems you have to guard against – it is also the well-meaning types who haven’t yet embraced the horror of the situation. Both can get your people killed or worse.
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