Navy Reserve Chief Shares Corporate Knowledge, Best Practices
By Javier Chagoya
Vice Adm. Luke McCollum, Chief of Navy Reserve and Commander, Navy Reserve Force, speaks to participants of the NPS Center for Executive Education’s latest course on Leading Innovation.
As a civilian, McCollum served as an executive with one of the nation’s largest retail outfits. In addition to his leadership responsibilities with the reserve, he is also a member of one of the Navy’s most critical committees, the Navy Readiness Reform and Oversight Council, formed to ensure reforms and recommendations from the service’s comprehensive review of 2017 Surface force incidents were made and implemented.
McCollum’s corporate experience and knowledge of Navy culture provided a springboard to what he shared with the Leading Innovation program’s senior participants.
“One of the definitions of leadership is to define reality, provide encouragement on the way, and say thank you in between. I’ve gotten to do that in both of my organizations,” said McCollum.
Dr. Neal Thornberry is faculty director for the Leading Innovation course ... He has tapped McCollum before as a guest lecturer because of his experience in the retail space.
“Vice Admiral McCollum talked about how his company provides a culture of innovation, which is best summed up by values of commitment to mission, leading with humility, celebrating people and their quick wins, and assuming a positive intent by allowing room for a dissenting view.
“He also talked about how they try to create an entrepreneurial mindset in all their company’s associates so that they try to think of themselves as owners of the company,” added Thornberry. “This provides an awareness that everything comes from their employees and customers.”
McCollum became the 14th Chief of Navy Reserve in September 2016 and leads about 60,000 Reserve Component personnel, who support the Navy, Marine Corps and joint force.