From the Green Notebook

Lead with the best version of yourself.

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WHO IS JOE?

In 2013, Joe Byerly thought something was missing in his journey to become a better leader. He wanted to create a place where leaders could share their hard-won lessons and help each other along the journey. He started looking in the place where he captured his own lessons, quotes from books, and ideas for the future –his green notebook.

Today, FTGN is run by a team of passionate professionals who want to help others lead with the best version of themselves.

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“HOW TO” GUIDES

The Garrison Command Sergeant Major

By James Brasher You have been waiting for months and, finally, the Centralized Selection List (CSL) results are published. You have been wondering which brigade you are going to assume responsibility for. You open up the CSL, see your name, and the brigade you are...

Communicate Like a Boss

By Ryan Crosby Effective communication is a learned behavior and professional skill, requiring deliberate practice, commitment, and consistency to master. At the mid-career level, the ability to communicate effectively is one of the strongest differentiators of...

How to Build an SFAB: Lessons Learned from the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade

By Gerard Spinney Maneuver Advisor Teams (MATs) from the 1st Security Force Assistance Brigade (SFAB) are creating their own legacy. As one of the first U.S. Army units purposefully built for advising, our MAT helped prove the advisor force structure concept. We were...

The Unofficial Guide to Hosting a Distinguished Visitor

By: Thang Tran, Nick Luis, Barrett Martin, and Rudy Weisz Military leaders plan, resource, and execute combat patrols and administrative directives on a daily basis and are well prepared and trained to do so.  In contrast, one task that most subordinate leaders are...

An Open Letter to Battalion Commanders: How to Use Social Media

By Scotty Autin   Commanders- I feel like most of us are missing an opportunity.  We’re missing a chance to get the command messages out to audiences and shape the narrative of our units.  More so, we’re missing a chance to talk directly to our Soldiers, their...

The Special Projects Officer Guide to Event Planning

By Zachary Griffiths Military officers plan and execute complex operations. Junior officers cut their teeth on platoon attacks, convoys, military balls, and even conferences. These latter events are hardly new challenges. The Army Officer’s Guide of 1917 recommends...

How to Write a Blog Post

By Joe Byerly Since launching From the Green Notebook in 2013, I’ve had a lot of conversations with other military professionals who want to write, but feel they are unable to get words down on paper.   A blank page is a tough obstacle for many writers to overcome....

How to Plan for Your Company Change of Command

By: Captain Andrew V. Jazbec A change of command is a critical time for an organization. Quite often, military blogs, social networks, and Center for Army Lessons Learned handbooks publish helpful lists outlining the first 90 days of command. As the Army Handbook for...

LEADERSHIP

Strength in Inclusion

by Jakob Hutter A unique characteristic of the United States military is the diverse makeup of people and their ideas.  When service members of different races, ethnicities, religions, sexual orientations, and other identities have a shared understanding and...

The Science and Art of Command

by Michael Everett Does the Army practice Mission Command? Or Command and Control? After the 2019 update to ADP 6-0 Mission Command, many young leaders are confused about the terms command and control and mission command. The bottom line is this: Mission command is...

S3,Ep 26: LT. GEN. Xavier Brunson and COL. (ret) Kirsten Brunson- Managing the Tension Between Work and Family

In this episode, Joe talks to the Brunsons about how they’ve managed their careers and their family, while both having served in the U.S. Army.  LT. GEN. Brunson and Kirsten share lessons on communication, maintaining relationships with children, and emphasize...

The Field Grade Leader and Domestic Operations: A Primer

  by Rick Chersicla                                                                     ...

Leading at the Crossroads of Experience and Personality

by Kyle Trottier and William Branch Upon being selected to serve as the BCT Executive Officer (XO) and BCT Operations Officer (S3), William Branch and I held a series of sensing sessions with each Battalion Commander and Battalion Command Sergeant Major (CSM), peer...

Urban Combat Fitness: Preparing Today for Tomorrow’s Fight

by Benjamin Phocas Urban warfare is a costly endeavor with a broad litany of demands. Among these vitally important demands, one that requires months if not years of preparation, is physical fitness.  The physical toll of combat has long been a known quantity....

A Leader’s Challenge: Sharing Information in a Low-Information Environment

by Joel Concannon Leaders have always struggled to balance two virtues of communication: transparency and necessity. They strive to be open and honest with their team, while also controlling the quality of information. Doing one of those too much, or not doing either...

S3,Ep 25: Danny Warshay- How to Solve Problems

Joe interviews Danny Warshay, the founding Executive Director of the Nelson Center for Entrepreneurship at Brown University and author of See, Solve, Scale: How Anyone Can Turn a Problem into a Breakthrough Success. In this episode, Danny explains how entrepreneurship...

Win a From the Green Notebook and TRX Elite Fitness Box

This month, we are teaming up with TRX Elite to provide subscribers to The Monthly Reading List Email an opportunity to win a limited edition FTGN and TRX Elite Fitness Box that includes a copy of My Green Notebook, TRX Tactical Gym, 18” foam roller, Bandit Bundle,...

A Tale of Two Majors: A Simple Way to Seek Shared Understanding

by Tom Dull and Matthew Schardt It is the middle of the night and the Brigade is on schedule to uncoil and maneuver into the vast training area of the National Training Center (NTC) in just a few hours. Two Army Field Grades, Majors, are conducting one last condition...

The Army Needs More Introverted Leaders

by Aaron “Butch” Pucetas After reading Susan Cain’s Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking, I have reflected greatly on how the Army People First campaign can be improved. Up front, my recommendation is for the Army to make a conscious...

Optimal Ignorance: A Filter for Intent-Based Leadership Above the Tactical Level

by Joel P. Gleason Temptation of Details Mission command philosophy is an intent-based leadership style that encourages commanders to eschew the overly controlling methodology of detailed command. The principles of mission command philosophy are all meant to free...

POPULAR TOPICS

Leading Up: How to Manage a Toxic Boss

by Andrew Milburn Every year across all services, a number of commanding officers are relieved of their duties due to a “loss of trust and confidence” — that singularly cryptic and unhelpful phrase. I can’t help thinking that at least some of these officers...

The Importance of Professional Relationships

by Brennan Randel Taking command of a company can oftentimes feel bittersweet. There is so much to be excited about, yet equally so much to be apprehensive about. Beyond the immense responsibility that elicits this range of emotions, there is the fundamental anxiety...

Revisiting the Tape Test

by Summer Lancette It’s no secret that the Army has a long lasting foundation of standards and regulations. These regulations are in place to ensure Soldiers are physically in shape, but also ensure they are presentable as members of the armed forces. In the United...

An Uncomfortable Conversation

by Thomas Krasnican If the military wants to retain the trust and confidence of the American people, its leaders – from the most junior to the most senior – will have to do something that might feel a little bit uncomfortable. If we want to uphold the civil-military...