A growth mindset says that even though I’m not good at a certain skill, I can learn and get better over time. The market was closed; the streets were deserted.It was still early in the Iraq War, and the artillerymen were unsure what it all meant. "Just three days into the process of replacing the outgoing unit in Iraq, his Soldiers had their first big test.Grinston heard over the radio that one of his unit's vehicles had broken down in Baiji, a strategic city due to its oil refinery, the largest in the country.He rushed out of Forward Operating Base Summerall with a platoon to provide security. This is a controversial book –which is one of the reasons I like it. "You can't forget it, when you call that family and you have to explain that you didn't protect their husband," Grinston said, choking up. Michael A. Grinston (born 1968) is a soldier in the United States Army and the current Sergeant Major of the Army. He sits on a variety of councils and boards that make decisions affecting enlisted soldiers and their families and routinely invited to testify before Congress. It took me a while to get through but I found it beneficial to understand the psychology of decision-making. Slight Edge helped me define for others how to be successful in the Army and how I got to where I’m at today. For his efforts, Grinston earned a Bronze Star with Valor device -- the first of two he would earn in his career.The most difficult thing he has ever had to do in his life, though, did not occur against an enemy. Grinston was sworn in as the 16th Sergeant Major of the Army on August 9, 2019. Prior to his current position, he served as the senior enlisted leader for the United States Army Forces Command Military career. Maj. of the Army Daniel Dailey, who had served in the position since January 2015, said the Army picked the right person to succeed him. It was the first and last time he would see his son in person. I have a greater appreciation now for how logic and emotion work together in the decision-making process and I know I’m a better leader and person for it. "When you go through something like that, it's life-changing. With a fixed mindset, we don’t even try because we think we can’t grow beyond our current skill set. I think I was a Platoon Sergeant or Sergeant First Class when I read this book. "He is the right noncommissioned officer to lead our Army into the future," the general said.In his new role, Grinston looks to mold Soldiers to be dominant in a future battlefield, which is predicted to involve multi-domain operations against a near-peer adversary.This is vastly different from the counterinsurgency missions the Army has grown used to and will require Soldiers to be more agile.He looks forward to the Army Combat Fitness Test, which is set to roll out in late 2020, that he said will help Soldiers meet the physical demands of future missions.No matter the battlefield, he added, mastering the fundamentals to prepare for it is the ultimate goal. I started paying more attention to my own mindfulness. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell. I’ve been in the Army for 32 years and every morning I wake up and do physical fitness. Nudge: Improving Decisions About Health, Wealth, and Happiness by Richard M. Thaler and Cass R. Sunstein. Fixed. His eyes light up when he speaks about artillery and the opportunities it offered him.Throughout his career, he has led Soldiers in various units from light infantry, mechanized to airborne. Doing those small things over time, year after year, made a difference in the long run. She writes about two mindsets: Growth vs. Not everyone gets to be the SMA during a global pandemic. By Sean Kimmons, Army News ServiceAugust 9, 2019, FORT MEADE, Md. When we ask our soldiers to do something, we focus on the how or the what and forget to explain the why. ", U.S. Army STAND-TO! "I truly believe we have to be experts as Soldiers, no matter what your [military occupational specialty] is," he said.He will also concentrate on building more effective squads as well as taking care of Soldiers and their families. It was calling the family members of those who would not come home.The squad leader, he said, had to deploy late so he could watch the birth of his son. I struggled to answer this question until the commander of the Old Guard recommended this book. Sometimes, there isn’t enough time to explain why we are doing something, especially in the middle of a firefight, but most of the time we can leaders, this is where we need to start. “Every time I come here I feel welcome. “There was a specialist, and the soldier goes, ‘Sergeant Major, if I would’ve done this in preparation for my training before I deployed, I would’ve felt more comfortable getting off that plane when I deployed,’” Grinston said. Grinston is a native of Jasper, Alabama, and enlisted in the United States Army in October 1987. I read this book as a brigade or division sergeant major, and it reminded me that sometimes in the Army we jump to the end first. "I grew up with a single mother and we didn't have a lot of money," Grinston said. I got an opportunity to do all these different things within that field. "ARTILLERYMANAt the age of 19, the longtime artilleryman first signed up as a cannon crew member on a two-year contract.He eventually stretched it into a 31-year career as he served in every leadership position from team leader to senior enlisted leader for Army Forces Command before his current role. "The explosion instantly killed the squad leader and platoon sergeant: Staff Sgts. Yes, he was born in the right place at the right time, but he also took advantage of the opportunity to make himself better. "You're going to feel more confident that if there's something that could happen, you know how to operate an M240," he said. We all have the opportunity to be an outlier if we have the right mindset. "So, when the recruiter just happened to call me, we were trying to [figure out] how we were going to pay for that education. I read this one when I was a staff sergeant. It's what makes me wake up in the morning," he said. As the Sergeant Major of the Army, Grinston is the Army Chief of Staff's personal adviser on matters affecting the enlisted force. He earned badges for jumpmaster, air assault, drill sergeant and even completed Ranger School, a rare feat for artillerymen at the time.