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As I passed the Pentagon en route to ASTD today, I thought about Georgia Sorenson’s fascinating article “Leadership Beyond the Battlefield” in the most recent issue of The Public Manager. If you missed it you can get more here: http://www.thepublicmanager.org/journal/insidethisIssue.aspx
Fundamentally, Sorenson looked at how civilian and military leaders communicate vision and strategy, which is always critical to success. She reminds us that saying something as simple as “Let me be clear,” the way President Obama does, helps to get the job done.
Additionally, Sorenson compared the concept of Commander’s Intent – the vision statement of no more than a few hundred words that provides strategic guidance to our troops – to the leading change Executive Core Qualifications ( or ECQs) OPM requires.
Sorenson wrote, Commander’s Intent (known as CI) originated because combat orders in past centuries were often a source of confusion. They “needed a sharper focus without infringing on the creative implementation of field officers. CIs” Sorenson explained, simply express “the rationale for an operation and tell the field what the commander expects to achieve.” These missives are short – under 450 words.
Sorenson asserts that like the CIs, the OPM ECQs are designed to help government leaders deal with situations of exceptional urgency – whether they be battles of war, connecting globally via the web, or the economic recession.
I’m curious how you devise your vision and strategic objectives when facing a challenge. Does it come to you alone on your feet, at your desk on GovLoop or in a command center, or do you need to get away for a moment on a run or bike ride? Obviously, sometimes you have no choice and must rise to the occasion wherever you’re needed. Thanks for that.
George E. Reed provided the history of CI’s over the weekend. Read on to find a historic gem from General Dwight D. Eisenhower during World War II: