I use this website as vehicle for mentoring, making files available to others, and provide personal updates too long for Twitter. I can also be “found" on LinkedIn at www.linkedin.com/in/ralphsoule. If you have sent me a LinkedIn connection request and received no response, it is either because you have no LinkedIn profile picture or I don't know who you are. You can send me an email via this website (scroll down, right hand side), if desired, to help me understand why we should connect.
I retired in November 2011 after 29 years of service as a U.S. Navy Captain Engineering Duty (ED) Officer. EDs are the U.S. Navy's technical leaders who employ foundational knowledge in many disciplines outside of engineering to be effective leaders of technical organizations. I specialized in the operation, testing, maintenance, and repair of nuclear-powered aircraft carriers and submarines. In 2015, I earned a doctorate from the George Washington University in Human and Organizational Learning. I obtained a doctorate in Human and Organizational Learning because I wanted to understand the scholarship underpinning the concepts I have applied in the Navy. GW’s program is based on four pillars: leadership, culture, adult learning, and human systems change. I believe all play a role in understanding organizational performance.
Qualitative researchers like myself are interested in understanding how people interpret their experiences, how they construct their worlds, and what meaning they attribute to their experiences. My research interests are: organizational learning, accelerating proficiency, human resources development, resilience, and high reliability.
Brief Overview of the site
- There are files available for download. Most are related to specific blog posts. I have tried to provide brief explanations of the files in case people want to browse the files directly.
- I have a links area that provides links to other content I have placed on the web. The links include my Amazon.com reading lists, APQC mentoring blog, and other material.
- I post to the blogs on the site somewhat irregularly. I post to the blogs on the site somewhat irregularly, but I will work on changing that. I do try to identify big events on this page when they happen. The site also has an RSS feed for those so inclined.
- Each post starts with a summary. Users must click on a link to see the whole post (makes it easier to scan for topics that interest you).
Do let me know if you have questions or suggestions for improvement. If you do, please provide them in the area for comments at the end of posts so others can see the comments too. I receive an email that alerts me any time someone makes a comment on the site. If you leave your email address in the comment, I will send the feedback directly to you since I always wonder what a blog/article author thinks about my comments.
My suggestion is to look at what's new first, then the last few blog posts in the area titled "Blog-Grad Studies and Research," or "Blog-Professional Development." Finally, move to the file area, especially the Junior Engineering Duty Officer Guides directory.