I had the honor to present or be part of a panel, or both during the last two months, specifically talking about the Adaptive Leader Methodology (ALM) not only to the Army, but also to the other services at Joint Forces Command (JFCOM) Small Unit Excellence conference, at a best training and accessions practices conference hosted by the Department of Defense at the Coast Guard Training Facility Cape May, and Army Research Institute (ARI) conference to measure “Mental Agility.” I also lectured at the Expeditionary Warfare School (EWS) at Quantico with my friends Dr. Bruce Gudmundsson, Bill Lind and Pierre Sprey from the book America’s Defense Meltdown; and I just returned from Army Training and Doctrine Command to discuss the evolution of officership with members of the Washington based think tank Center for Strategic and Institutional Studies (CSIS).
I will take a short breather in June, and then I am off again in July to the U.S. Air Force Academy, Marine Corps Base Quantico, and back to JFCOM, to speak and teach about Adaptive Leader Methodology (ALM).
It does not surprise me, but I have learned from members at each conference that I offer one of the few “people and ideas” approach to leader development and professional military education (PME). Most of the other solutions are technology based, like bringing live feed into classrooms, or using computer hand held gagets to engage all members of the class. I thought they were all interesting, but it still takes a great teacher to bring out the best in their students. Even ALM is nothing without the centerpiece of it which is great teachers who know how to facilitate, and are trusted by the establishment to teach based on principles and not industrial based by the numbers lesson plans.