Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Be, Know, Do - historically

I'm so grateful for the post over at Considerable Grace called: Grace Under Fire .
A few of us had a discussion earlier at church about how so many different backgrounds come together at church - from the corporate sector, factory supervisors, school administrators, and military folks, just to name a few.

Invariably, when people start talking about leadership and management, the majority of them will make a statement like: Oh, people in the military have a completely different type of leadership. You just give a command to tell people what to do. They don't have any choice but to do what you say. I guess this goes to show that a lot people really don't know much about the military leadership. They think that the whole thing is run like scenes from the movie Patton or Hollywood's stereotypical drill sergeants.

However, the Army Field Manual, which provides the "Be, Know, Do" framework for leadership, offers many vignettes of heroic leadership examples that are pretty different than the hollywood standard that most people imagine. Here they are, in case you might want to see how they compare to your pre-conceptions:

EXAMPLES
COL Chamberlain at Gettysburg
Small Unit Leader's Initiative in Normandy
GEN Washington at Newburgh Duty in Korea
GA Marshall Continues to Serve
MSG Gordon and SFC Shughart in Somalia
WO1 Thompson at My Lai
The Will to Persevere
The Quick Reaction Platoon
GA Eisenhower Forms SHAEF
Self-Control in Combat
BG Jackson at First Bull Run
Character and Prisoners
The Battle of the Bulge
GA Eisenhower's Message
The Qualification Report
Soldiers Are Our Credentials
The 96th Division on Leyte
The K Company Visit
Task Force Ranger in Somalia, 1993
Mix-Up at the Crossroads
"Superior Technology"
Changing a Unit Climate—The New Squad Leader
The Checking Account
The Rusty Rifles Incident
Finding the Real Problem
Pulling Dragons' Teeth
The EFMB Test
Technical Skill into Combat Power
Task Force Kingston
Solving a Training Problem
An Implied Mission and Leader Plan of Action
Brief Solutions, Not Problems
Trust Earned
Replacements in the ETO
Reception on Christmas Eve
SGT York
Knowing Your People
GEN Grant and the End of the Civil War
DA Civilian Support to Desert Shield
Innovative Reorganization
GEN Grant at Vicksburg
The Commander's Notebook
The 505th Parachute Infantry Regiment at Normandy
The "Paperwork Purge"
Allied Command During the Battle of the Bulge
Strategic Flexibility in Haiti
Show of Force in the Philippines
Combat Power from a Good Idea
The D-Day Decision
Multinational Resource Allocation
World War II Strategic Assessment
Change After Vietnam

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