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This is the best summary of one of the missions I was doing this year. I had the honor to work with a lot of great people, including the author of this article in Military Review, LTC Scott Halter. Scott’s article sums up best what we recommended to the Secretary of the Army and the personnel system on where the personnel system should go in the 21st Century.

http://usacac.army.mil/CAC2/MilitaryReview/Archives/English/MilitaryReview_20120229_art007.pdf

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This is an excellent article and gets at one of the downfalls of the current up or out promotion system (careerism is the other manifestation). The evolving face of war has made the profession of arms so complex, that being a sergeant, lieutenant or captain is very tough today because their actions can have strategic implications. But today’s military, particularly the Army and Marines, are still driven by a personnel system that has its roots in the Progressive era. For my recommendations see www.d-n-i.net under people, or one of four books I have edited or written. I contend it is even worse today in the age of political correctness enforcement NAZIs, lawyers on every street corner looking for a way to justify their lifestyles, all decreasing the numbers of true leaders, with the strength of character to make the calls on their subordinates. 

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As they say, it is always better when it comes from someone else’s mouth, than yours when trying to “sell” or promote your work.

I had an outstanding week at the US Military Academy at West Point. The instructors there from the director down are great people to work with, and are moving to evolve the way DMI develops adaptability in our future leaders. I also invited my friend and comrade, Lieutenant Fred Leland of the Walpo Police Department (outside Boston MA) to attend my workshop and meet several of the instructors at the USMA Department of Military Instruction (DMI). DMI is likened to what ROTC does, focuses on the military education portion of a cadet’s development (while other departments or the college focuses on academic development). My intention of inviting Fred was to give instructors of DMI his prospective of using Adaptive Leader Methodology (ALM). Fred used my book Raising the Bar: Creating and Nurturing Adaptive Leaders to Deal with the Changing Face of War as a foundational document to reform his police department.

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John Baldoni interviewed me recently regarding the acceptance of my leadership model called Adaptive Leader Methodology (ALM) by the U.S. Army (ALM is outlined in Chapter 3 of my book Raising the Bar as Adaptive Course Model ACM (U.S. Army did not like that name)). John is a friend and a leadership consultant, coach, and speaker. His work centers on how leaders can use their authority, communications and presence to build trust and drive results. He is the author of six books on leadership, including How Great Leaders Get Great Results (which I highly recommend). In 2007 John was named one of the world’s top 30 leadership gurus by Leadership Gurus International. For more on John and his work, visit www.johnbaldoni.com

A Methodology for Leading Into the Unknown

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I just spent the last four weeks at various locations presenting my “Deciding Under Pressure and Fast” workshop on how to teach adaptability and create learning organizations.  A common question, a subtle point of resistance, is always “We agree with what you are putting us through. It is better than what we do now, but we don’t have the instructors to do what you teach. Can you help, tell, us how to certify instructors?”

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I was very fortunate to visit the United States Military Academy at West Point NY April 15-18. I was invited by COL Sean Hannah, who is the Director of the new Army Center of Excellence for Professional Military Ethics. The visit went very well. (more…)

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