Lessons from Antigua


by Joseph A. Nosak



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 10/31/2014

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 156
ISBN : 9781490855219
Format : Hardcover
Dimensions : 6x9
Page Count : 156
ISBN : 9781490855196
Format : E-Book
Dimensions : N/A
Page Count : 156
ISBN : 9781490855202

About the Book

The Lessons from Antigua can be a set of guidelines. They can encourage mutual respect, responsible action, and brotherly love among workers. They are taken from more than forty years of experience in the trades and my involvement in the United States Navy Seabees. The Lessons hold topics that can be talked about in a team setting. They include, but are not limited to, faith, fighting, freedom, and resolution. These topics are covered separately, at times together, and at times they overlap because life is like that—one part will overlap another. 


The purpose of Lessons from Antigua is to raise awareness on how different thought patterns and approaches to managing men will be met with a defined outcome. It is not my intention to put down methods or management. They got us where we are today, and there are strong points in any or all methods. There are, however, areas in any style that can be improved, and that is where awareness is born. 


Neither is this an idealist approach to work, because some men need to be led with a stick or fear of punishment and some respond better to a carrot or a reward. A rare few just need a problem to solve to be motivated. The emotionally intelligent part is determining when carrots are needed and when to put the stick away, or how to use more carrots and less stick.

About the Author

Petty Officer Nosak spent thirty-seven years as a private and government contractor before being deployed at the age of fifty-five. He has earned degrees in practical theology and human development, and he is an ordained chaplain and Theophostic (God and Light) Ministry Counselor. As a BU1 in the Navy Seabees, he had the opportunity to be a quality control inspector. While in this capacity, he co-managed a group of men who worked with all their hearts. They arrived in the next country with expectations of doing great work and lived up to Seabee tradition.