DON VANDERGRIFF: On Adaptive Leadership Posted
15 Dec 2009 10:29 AM PST
Obviously, warfare and conflict in the 21st Century present new challenges. It’s not only hideously complex, mercurial, and lightning fast — it’s an environment where missteps or brain dead actions of an individual or small group can unwind the work of an entire Army within hours. The solution to these challenges isn’t achieved by: automating new layers of oversight/controls on individual behavior or hermetically sealing off the organization’s members from the outside world or developing ever more complex doctrines that appear to solve every contingency.
Instead, the answer is to train leaders to think adaptively.
* So, how do you accomplish this? How do you train leaders to think adaptively?
** The best answer I have found so far is found in the work of Don Vandergriff.
He’s done more deep thinking and generated more experience actually training adaptive leaders than anybody else.
Here’s some links to his work on the topic:
First, his books:
The Path to Victory America’s Army and the Revolution in Human Affairs
Raising the Bar Creating and Nurturing Adaptability to Deal with the Changing Face of War
Manning the Future Legions of the United States Finding and Developing Tomorrow’s Centurions
Here are some articles that use his adaptive leadership training methodology.
Assembly Article: No Approved Solutions for Asymmetric Warfare (Foster)
OBTE: Defining the Aim Point for Reconnaissance Leader Training
* I could go into a long explanation for why this is so, but frankly Don does a better job than I would. ** I consider adaptive thinking is a requirement for all 21st Century organizations — corporate, military, agency, NGO, or insurgent . Even further: the best organizations make adaptive thinking a requirement for ALL of its members.
Here’s his contact info for more info:
DONALD E. VANDERGRIFF (MAJOR US ARMY RETIRED)
MAVERICK LEADERSHIP LLC
EMAIL: vandergriffdonald AT usa.net