I thought this was a fantastic book not only the historical analysis of United States and German Armies during WWII and what made them execute in combI thought this was a fantastic book not only the historical analysis of United States and German Armies during WWII and what made them execute in combat but how the training, eduction and selection of officers effected their performance. The books explains the importance of things like mutual trust and auftragstaktik (mission oriented command system) that led to an understanding and acceptance of the need for decision thresholds to be fixed as far down the hierarchy as possible, and for freedom of action at the front line so needed for an effective and fluid observation, orientation , decision and action cycles.
With a little thought on how the concepts can be adapted and applied, this book would help shape and reshape any organizational culture needing to be able to make decisions in rapid and evolving situations. Would be a great resource for developing police and first responders organizations with a culture to deal with crisis situations.
I hear much conflict around Major Jim Gant but that seems to be an attribute that follows many great leaders. The book I thought was a great read tha I hear much conflict around Major Jim Gant but that seems to be an attribute that follows many great leaders. The book I thought was a great read that actually reads like a a book made for a movie. The stories of battle ad battle focused leadership that include innovative thinking and unconventional tactics and adaptability I must say steal my heart especially in a world that's filled with conformity and rigid linear thinking. Major Gant if half of what this book relays is true is my kind of guy and one I would like to have worked with. ...more
This is my first book although I was honored to write the book with a dear friend and quite frankly a mentor, Don Vandergriff, who has written severalThis is my first book although I was honored to write the book with a dear friend and quite frankly a mentor, Don Vandergriff, who has written several books on leadership and development. Don and I have spent the last decade developing programs of instruction that would benefit those who need to make tough decisions under pressure. We have worked with the military, police officers and security professionals as well as private enterprises looking to improve their organizational effectiveness.
The Adaptive Leadership Handbook: Innovative Ways to Teach and Develop Your People is a compilation of these efforts. We chose to write this book because we wanted to share the information we know has value in continually improving individuals and organizations speed and maturity of decision making, while at the same time developing a gung ho, working together culture that is focused on lifelong learning while reaching successful outcomes in the most extreme conditions.
This was a challenge for me as I am not a writer by nature. My past experience had been to develop ideas and then translate them to programs of instruction to help cops succeed on the street. Through encouragement by many to attempt to put these ideas into a written format I began a law enforcement and security blog in 2006 which initially contained my thoughts and ideas and how others could utilize them. Over the last several years the blog has grown into a hybrid law enforcement blog, that focuses on writing and publishing articles (various authors with various views) devoted to helping law enforcement and security professionals achieve their full potential in their field. We have won awards and the blog brings several hundred thousand visitors from around the world reading the information contained there.
Now as I mentioned above Don and I have put our ideas into book form. A book we hope you not only learn from but that you actually enjoy reading and refer back to because the lessons are simple and real, making them valuable to individuals and organizations.
Thank you for taking the time to read the book and we look forward to the future discourse the book inspires.
Self-awareness is an important attribute to possess especially for a combat Marine who deals with life and death. Stan Coerr it is clear, is one of thSelf-awareness is an important attribute to possess especially for a combat Marine who deals with life and death. Stan Coerr it is clear, is one of those Marines who looks at his profession through the eyes of compassion and understanding of the passion and plight of those who fight wars. He writes poetically about human problems seen as challenges, even grave problems such as war, and the killing and the trying to save lives of brothers in arms and the dealing with the aftermath and mental scars only warriors those who love people but never shy away from combat, know!
I am not a big poetry reader...but this book I could not put down. ...more