Mon. Jan 17th, 2022

KSI Uppish 7 is a man who’s on a mission and always working on something good. He’s beloved by his Division, and those in both the AAP and Leadership Council. KSI Uppish 7 is also the Division Leader of KSI’s newest division, Chaos Syndicate.

The Real Deets

What was the feeling you got as one of the first 7’s of CS?

It was a pretty good one honestly, and since I was a general for 14 months it felt a little overdue. I definitely can’t complain; it’s worked out pretty well.

Is there something you would like to change about your position?

As a Division Leader, your job is to interact more with squad officers to ensure that they’re being trained properly and know what they need to know. Unfortunately, that means I don’t get to spend as much time with the members as I used too. It kind of sucks for me because I’ve always really enjoyed hanging out more with members, and just doing member retention & gaming. So I would change the activity I have with the members of CS.

What are some skills you have learned with running the newest Division of KSI?

Built upon the skills of a Co-Founder, I use a lot of listening and investigating skills, all while being able to take two hours to play with officers and members. Take a little time for yourself and stay true to who you are, because as an officer, it is imperative. Standardizing, as Doom and Rebellion are two different things, who run two different ways, with different mindsets and leaderships all colliding and combining. It’s difficult to do sometimes, but finding a way to combine those two at the time was difficult. We have it down to a science now.

What are the differences and similarities between being the Head of a Department and a 7 in CS? When it comes to being a General, were there any obstacles you faced?

There’s a vast difference between both roles. Department Heads are more like Generals in my eyes, where they are supposed to be on the frontlines alongside their department members, completing the department’s daily tasks. In comparison, a Co-Founder’s job is more focused around double-checking and verifying that officers are doing their jobs correctly. Additionally, as the Head of a Department, you are the guy in charge of the whole thing. Your staff can always give input towards the dept’s direction, but it’s your call on things at the end of the day. Co-founders don’t get that luxury because it’s the Divisional Leaders call.

The second part of your question is a much different story. The hardest part of being a General for me was the mental toll it eventually takes on you. It’s a LOT of work when done correctly. I spent seven months as a captain, during that time I was passed up twice to be a General, and several times to be Co-Founder during that time. Those facts taught me a lot about perseverance and patience. It’s important to remember that hindsight is 20-20. Since I earned my Clan Ops 7, I realized that for the first 7-8 months of being a General I wasn’t ready to be a Co-founder for various reasons. What’s important about being a General is to focus on what you can do today, and create a weekly or monthly plan to train your officers and generate activity in your squad. Once you can get that ball rolling, it’s easy enough to build a high-powered Squad.

What is one thing you would say to someone you mentor?

These 3 screenshots and the corresponding Forums link say it better than anything I could tell you. Just take 2 minutes to read over this post on the Forums, it is 110% worth it, I promise:

What was it like being a Captain for 7 months? How did it affect you and make you a better leader? 

I spent two weeks as a Staff Sergeant, two weeks as a Captain, and a month as General. IT was a quick way to move up the ladder of my squad that had a nearly full officer core while pushing for a split. About a month later, I was offered, and accepted, a business transfer from Venom to Hellborn. Between the 2 squads, I was passed up for General twice. As a Captain of Hellborn, we were down to myself and the General. We were each hosting 2-3 gamenights a week and I did the vast majority of the promotions, recruiting, member retention, and more. During this time I did a lot of growing up and if I had to do it all over, I wouldn’t change a thing even though it was super hectic and mentally taxing. It was an experience like no other, and a first class ticket on how to run an efficient squad, prioritize things, and maximize your time. Eventually the General before me stepped down and I finally earned my seat at that table as a General myself. 

A small look at Uppish’s KSI Resume:

Past/Present Divisions

Highest Clan Ops Rank

  • CS Division Leader

Department Ops Rank (past and present)

  • Head of News
  • T&E Staff
  • AAP Senior Staff

Accomplishments in KSI

  • Became Head of News
  • Started and is the current Division Leader of KSI’s newest Division: Chaos Syndicate
  • On the Leadership Council

Forums Awards

  • Divisional Hall of Fame x2
  • Division Leader of the Month
  • Co-Founder of the Month x2
  • Gamerscore Master
  • Division Creator
  • Double Trouble
  • Silver Outstanding Service
  • General of the Year
  • General of the Month
  • Captain of the Month
  • Captain DOTM x2
  • 2019 of the Year Runner-Up
  • Bright Idea
  • Committed 
  • Jack of All Trades
  • Outstanding Service 
  • Top Recruiter of the Month
  • Drama Queen

Years in the community

  • Joined KSI on November 1, 2018

Tough Times Well Spent

It’s fair to say that KSI Uppish 7 hasn’t had the easiest of times within KSI, but he has definitely made the best of them. Whether it be learning how to be a good Leader at the start of his career, starting a new prosperous Division in Chaos Syndicate, or balancing being a Division Leader while in Department Operations, KSI Uppish 7 has a career that many might dare say they want! Thank you for everything you do for KSI, Uppish, as it is greatly admired and appreciated.

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