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My good friend Fred Leland has posted the AAR I did for the Baltimore Police and wrote a preface on his web page of it. It is going very well with the application of Outcomes Based Training and Education (OBTE) and Adaptive Leader’s Methodology (ALM).

http://www.lesc.net/blog/baltimore-police-sergeants-training-using-adaptive-leadership-methodology-don-vandergriffrsquos

Don

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This excellent paper accompanies William Deresiewicz’s other article on Leadership and Solitude.  I have honestly been saying this for years that these institutions, which I taught at one for nine years (Georgetown) have some fine professors and students that understand what professionalism and leadership really is, but unfortunately, they are the small minority. Again, this is one of the factors behind our nation’s greatest crisis-LEADERSHIP!

GO VOLs!

 Don

 http://www.theamericanscholar.org/the-disadvantages-of-an-elite-education/

 The Disadvantages of an Elite Education

Our best universities have forgotten that the reason they exist is to make minds, not careers

 By William Deresiewicz

 It didn’t dawn on me that there might be a few holes in my education until I was about 35. I’d just bought a house, the pipes needed fixing, and the plumber was standing in my kitchen. There he was, a short, beefy guy with a goatee and a Red Sox cap and a thick Boston accent, and I suddenly learned that I didn’t have the slightest idea what to say to someone like him. So alien was his experience to me, so unguessable his values, so mysterious his very language, that I couldn’t succeed in engaging him in a few minutes of small talk before he got down to work. Fourteen years of higher education and a handful of Ivy League degrees, and there I was, stiff and stupid, struck dumb by my own dumbness. “Ivy retardation,” a friend of mine calls this. I could carry on conversations with people from other countries, in other languages, but I couldn’t talk to the man who was standing in my own house.

 It’s not surprising that it took me so long to discover the extent of my miseducation, because the last thing an elite education will teach you is its own inadequacy. As two dozen years at Yale and Columbia have shown me, elite colleges relentlessly encourage their students to flatter themselves for being there, and for what being there can do for them. The advantages of an elite education are indeed undeniable. You learn to think, at least in certain ways, and you make the contacts needed to launch yourself into a life rich in all of society’s most cherished rewards. To consider that while some opportunities are being created, others are being cancelled and that while some abilities are being developed, others are being crippled is, within this context, not only outrageous, but inconceivable.

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I have been thinking from a leadership prospective about  the health care argument going on in Washington. I have had some ideas, posted a few articles on my blog over the summer, but until now, I have not been able to find an answer to the health care reform.  By the way, it is not what the policians in Washington are proposing!

In my travels throughout the nation, I have been blessed to meet several good citizens and leaders. One of them is Dave Hubbard, as well as his wife Melinda. If you recall Dave and Melinda took the dog Darlene that I rescued last year when I was travelling through Northern Georgia touring Civil War sites.  Since then, we have forged a friendship, and they and Darlene have been blessed with each other (See my post “Saving Darlene,” September 2008).

Dave Hubbard, former NFL Offensive Lineman, Minister and now a Fitness and Motivational Expert has just published a book that provides a blue print for America’s health care crisis, called Fat to Fit. Dave gets at the heart of what I have been trying to say, but have not found a way to say it-that health care reform as the politicians want to do it will make our own health (mental and physical) worse.  We must start with ourselves to reform our health care.

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I spent that last wonderful week at Fort Benning, The Warrior Infantry Conference, and also down at Fort Monroe.  It was a good week because I got to see a lot of old faces, meet some new ones, and continue to work with good people in pushing a new training doctrine on the Army, as well as use of a new teaching methodology.

So, over a few posts, I will discuss or review,

1. The Infantry Warrior Conference

2. The Confederate Naval Museum at Columbus GA, yes Columbus GA

3. America’s Fitness Coach Dave Hubbard as well as his new book

4. Moving forward with Outcomes Based Training and Education (OBT&E) and Adaptive Leader Methodology (ALM)

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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.

More later,

Don

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Don Vandergriff has published another book, which is good news for all who care about the future of the U.S. Army. Titled Manning the Future Legions of the United States: Finding and Developing Tomorrow’s Leaders, Don’s new book brings together many strands of Army reform to create a comprehensive and intelligent reform program.

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Read more Deciding Under Pressure…and Fast Workshop Success and Evolutionary Adaptability.

 http://www.lesc.net/blog/deciding-under-pressurehellipand-fast-and-evolutionary-adaptability

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