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Sunday
Jul142013

Commanders Intent

I have gotten a lot of questions derived from my recent presentation / explanation of the military term 'Commanders Intent' and how it applies or should apply in the corporate world. This video does a great job providing an example.
To recap, one of the best aspects of military leadership is the idea of Commanders Intent. In many situations a team member may be forced to face circumstances that have not been specifically addressed in previous training or discussions. Mission success then requires them to have a broad understanding (and a believing in) the big picture. This 2 minute video is from a speech a commanding officer delivered to a Company about to be dropped relatively deep into enemy territory.
Make sure your team has a clear purpose and an understanding of your (commanders) intentions.