…But, it is all good. I have been blessed to get to spend the last three weeks with some really good leaders and teachers who want to want to go the extra mile to develop their students into better leaders.
I have spent the last weeks teaching my workshop “Deciding Under Pressure and Fast” on how to teach and develop adaptability at Fort Knox (the Armor Center) to various course directors and instructors. As well as running sessions on curriculum development using the Adaptive Leader Methodology or ALM.
I then spent another great week at the United States Military Academy at West Point working with the Department of Military Instruction (DMI) on how to apply ALM.
Both places have great teachers who want to do it better and are never satisfied with the status-quo.
ALM (called Adaptive Course Model (ACM) in the book Raising the Bar) is the leader development model I created from my experiments with leader development at Georgetown Army ROTC as well as from ten years of research on how to create leaders of character to deal with 4th Generation Warfare (4GW). And, it has not been all me, several good people, like my good friend and former boss Lieutenant Colonel Allen Gill, and fellow instructors Sergeant First Class Jeff Roper and Master Sergeant Bill Lewis (all retired now) also helped me shape the ideas in ALM.
Now, the Army is beginning to buy into ALM. It is always great to go to my workshop and instructors (both officer and NCO) show up with Raising the Bar tabbed and highlighted throughout.
I also translate the military applications of ALM into use by civilian organizations, “First Responders” as well as businesses. I am doing a conference in two weeks at Kennesaw State’s Coles’ Family Business Center outside Atlanta. I am also working with my friend and policeman 1LT Fred Leland on doing an Adaptability workshop in September or October. And, finally, I have also been fortunate to meet and work with Dale Stewart. We taught together at the Adaptability conference in March hosted by Greenville Tech (we also taught aside Dr. Chet Richards and COL Mike Wyly-two of my favorite people).
The applications of ALM through my workshop are beginning to makes its rounds somewhere almost weekly (within the Army) and month (everywhere else).
I will post a new leader update in the next couple of days. Then next week, I am off again to Gettysburg, PA to teach and facilitate the Gettysburg Residency for three and half days to the Executive Masters in Leadership (EML) students from Georgetown University. I am also working in company with some other great teachers like Dr. Lamar Reinsch, Dr. Bob Bies and Mr. John Fontana that make the Gettysburg experience great for the last three years of EML classes.
I am very fortunate.