A new principle of war ‘Understanding’ must take its rightful place atop the pantheon

BY FRANK HOFFMAN Reflecting revered assumptions and long-standing paradigms, The Principles of War are a list of tenets enshrined since 1949 in the Army’s Field Manual 3-0 “Operations” and more recently in other service and joint doctrines. These foundations — Mass, Maneuver, Unity of Command, and the rest — have stood largely pat for a …

The Perils of Bad Strategy: JUNE 2011 • Richard Rumelt

Bad strategy abounds, says UCLA management professor Richard Rumelt. Senior executives who can spot it stand a much better chance of creating good strategies. Horatio Nelson had a problem. The British admiral’s fleet was outnumbered at Trafalgar by an armada of French and Spanish ships that Napoleon had ordered to disrupt Britain’s commerce and prepare …

4 Harbingers of BAD Strategy organized by J. William DeMarco (sort of…)

Bad strategy is more than just the absence of good strategy. All too often, bad strategy consists of nothing more than platitudes, unrealistic goals and warm-and-fuzzy sounding slogans. Good strategy, by contrast, specifies how an organization will focus its resources to respond to challenges and move forward toward greatness. After reading Does U.S. Need Grand …

Dempsey Downplays ‘Reversibility’ Concept By Emelie Rutherford

Defense Daily February 2, 2012 The chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff warned yesterday against putting much weight on the term “reversibility,” which Pentagon officials said will guide budget decision to ensure the military can quickly respond to unforeseen threats. “I’m not sure where that came from,” Gen. Martin Dempsey told the Reserve Officers …

30 Secrets to Successful Leadership

Blogger note:  Was thinking 30 Principles was too many in the M100G Principles of Command, but heck if "LeadershipFreak" is using 30, who am I to judge? https://m100group.wordpress.com/2012/01/07/the-mastermind-century-group-principles-of-command-2/ Successful leaders exhibit these 30 qualities, behaviors, and skills. Item one is first because it’s most important. The rest are listed randomly. Borrowed from Dan: http://leadershipfreak.wordpress.com/2012/01/09/30-secrets-to-successful-leadership/ You’re ready to …

The Mastermind Century Group Principles of Command

The Principles below are more borrowed... or perhaps collected over the years--but they have served very well through a myriad of commandand staff tours.  Of course to even imply that this Airman has all of these down would be a gross overstatement and assumption. But, keeping these principles near and reviewing them often does help to …

ARCHIVE: Lost Childhood: Fear or Promise or…. on being Holden Caulfield

ARCHIVE: Lost Childhood: Fear or Promise or.... on being Holden Caulfield.  Now… I find myself the father of a teenager…   I am forced to confront my own childhood… have I  really lost it (my childhood, not my sanity)?  I know many that would say… Bill?  No way he is still a kid… some might …

Seth Godin on Leaders and Promoting Heretics

Seth Godin on Leaders and Promoting Heretics: The work of leadership changes dramatically when wage slaves become artists, argues MIX Maverick and bestselling author Seth Godin. The best leaders make their organizations havens for heretics by suspending religion (rules) whenever possible and focusing on faith (deeper purpose).