Reply to "Making a Better Pace Bead"

Diz posted:

 

...Number two.  If you don't know what the fuck you're doing, ask for advice.  Your people will think more of you for that than trying to fake it and hoping you get lucky...

For the US military at least: I have long thought that the whole concept of spreading out tasks to the team is to get insights from everyone without the leader having to admit he needs help. Whether to have the patrol with primary/secondary compass, primary/secondary pace, or during planning having people take on each section of the orders, it fosters input organically so new ideas, disagreements, and getting-lost have a chance to get worked out before it's an ego problem. 

 

What does cause problems? I have to admit I am not as much of a student of mil leadership so you can all kick me in the shins over this: I feel that we had a reprieve and did a lot of being an awesome military by being data-driven and relatively egalitarian from the late 30s through the 90s or so, but now the old classist modes of operating have... not come back, they have been replaced with modern business mentality: gut instinct, and ego above data-driven decisionmaking, task completion over doing the right thing. All-greens in PowerPoint is more important than anything else. 

From a business/project management POV I write about this a bit, so can rant on and on, but won't now. 

The things that will destroy America are prosperity at any price, peace at any price, safety first instead of duty first, the love of soft living and the get rich quick theory of life. – Theodore Roosevelt

 

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