Working with other senior NCOs might seem difficult at first especially with clashing belief systems and individual strategies and approaches to leadership. However the secret to successfully working with and for other NCOs while encouraging and developing subordinates is as simple as focusing on GAINS. GAINS is a mnemonic that focuses NCO attention on G-iving, A-ccepting, I-nnovating, N-urturing, and S-ecuring to ensure that, I, as an individual NCO can work with and for other senior NCOs with the end objective of contributing to the progress of our other subordinates. G-iving does not only mean material generosity, it could mean many things that have to do with individual values. Misconceptions in the military about discipline are what make giving quite difficult….