To foul an anchor means to entangle or entwine the flukes on the bottom. It is the symbol of the A United States Navy Chief Petty Officer (CPO) and represents the “trials and tribulations” a CPO must endure on a never ending basis. There is a reason the Chief is one of if not “the” most respected rank in the Navy. The CPO sector is the highest ranking group of non-commissioned officers and; as goes the Chief goes the Navy. In addition to being the enlisted team leader, the Chief is also tasked with molding young officers into good leaders and a good one will do so with the finesse and skill of surgeon. Indeed a good Chief can finely hone the skills and character of a junior officer and make that officer believe success happened the other way around.
So why did I choose it as my logo? There are several reasons: Foremost is the fact that the US Navy is an integral part of who I am. I was fortunate to serve for 17 years first as an enlisted technician, and then as a commissioned officer. Through my entire career, the Chiefs I worked for and with always had my back. I choose the anchor to honor them and to let them know that I did listen and I did learn. That their lessons did not fall on deaf ears. But I also chose it because it most fittingly represents the rough waters a manager must navigate in making the move to greatness. That’s what V.A. Brown Consulting is all about, it’s about unfouling the anchor so that managers can steer a clear and unencumbered course to their chosen destination.
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