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 comb...moreI 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...more 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. (less)
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 several...moreThis 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 th...moreSelf-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. (less)
This is one of the best books I have read all this year.
To get results, leadership matters. Leadership matters for an entire organization, and it mat...moreThis is one of the best books I have read all this year.
To get results, leadership matters. Leadership matters for an entire organization, and it matters in smaller contexts such as in teams or departments. Because of that, we often talk about leadership disciplines that are essential to creating results and making it all work—disciplines such as casting a vision, shaping the future, developing strategy, engaging the right talent in the right places, fostering innovation and agility, execution, and more. As you know, all of these leadership competencies must be in place for a vision to become a reality. But . . . there is another truth. Leaders lead people, and it is the people who get it all done. And to get it done, they have to be led in a way that they can actually perform, and use all of their horsepower. Said another way, their brains need to work. You can cast a great vision, get the right talent, and yet be leading in ways that people’s brains literally cannot follow, or sometimes even make work, much less their hearts.
Leaders can motivate or demotivate their people. They can propel them down a runway to great results, or confuse them so that they cannot clearly get from A to Z. They can bring a team or a group together to achieve shared, extraordinary goals, or they can cause division and fragmentation. They can create a culture that augments high performance, accountability, results, and thriving, or cause a culture to exist in which people become less than who they are or could be. And most of the time, these issues have little to do with the leader’s business acumen at all . . . but more to do with how they lead people and build cultures.
This book just covers it all when it comes to inspiring people and creating and nurturing doers in any organization. (less)
Another great book I read in 2013 is Immunity to Change a book I think many of us will learn much from as we try to shape and reshape our organization...moreAnother great book I read in 2013 is Immunity to Change a book I think many of us will learn much from as we try to shape and reshape our organizations in to flexible and agile forces of excellence. In the book the author writes:
"We had been studying the evolution of mental development from the outside, as it were, seeking to describe the structure of each way of meaning-making, why it created the reality it did, what changed in a structure when it evolved. But now, without our quite realizing it, we were finding our way into the inner dynamics, in particular a sort of “master motive” that keeps us on our current plateau. We uncovered a phenomenon we call “the immunity to change,” a heretofore hidden dynamic that actively (and brilliantly) prevents us from changing because of its devotion to preserving our existing way of making meaning."
How do we destroy this locked in way of thinking and create innovative thinkers and doers is what the book focuses on in way that will help you continually improve yourself as an individual and your organization.