In the military we are constantly performing tests and inspections. Preparing for them can be a long and labor-intensive process. But during preparation for these inspections, areas in need of improvement are often identified. The need to review and improve processes cannot be underestimated.

In the Navy we hold regular inspections to test the integrity of our ships, aircraft, and submarines and the preparedness of our Sailors. There are also reviews such as Personnel Inspections in which the condition of our Sailors’ uniforms and
their grooming standards are assessed. Then there are Zone Inspections in which we check the cleanliness and safety of our command work spaces. I personally go one step further and conduct Departmental Personnel and Zone Inspections every month, because the military bearing of your personnel and the professionalism of your work spaces reflect directly on your leadership. The motto I live by is “Don’t get ready, stay ready

In the military, it is imperative to check the integrity of programs and identify weaknesses early on because we have the awesome responsibility of protecting our country. Many of us Expect what you inspect also apply these same principles in our daily lives. Reviewing your child’s report card, balancing your checkbook and getting routine maintenance done on your vehicle are simple processes that, if neglected, could have dire consequences. So the bottom line is, if you INSPECT nothing, EXPECT anything.

Sherry D. Strothers is a life coach and Lipstick Leader founder. She serves currently as a Chief Warrant Officer in the U.S. Navy with 27 years of active service. She is also a mother, entrepreneur, consultant, speaker, writer, strategist and is active within many leadership organizations. Sherry has one passion… the empowerment of women. She has mentored thousands of women over the years as a leader within the military. She serves to inspire, cultivate self-esteem, challenge and demonstrate her “never give up” attitude. Go to to learn more.



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