The Importance Of The Army's Mission Command Philosophy

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The Army’s Mission Command philosophy is a strategic cultural and intellectual shift in how to run the Army of the future. Attempts to adopt the philosophy over the past decade have met resistance and therefore have failed to permeate the Army culture. This failure is primarily a result of the Army’s size, complexity, and its scientific managerial approach, founded on processes, checklists, policies, and procedures. This long established culture has evolved with time, tradition, and experience and received its validation throughout history by numerous successes. Establishing a vision and leading organizational change is among the most difficult tasks asked of strategic leaders, but only because it’s also the most important.
Even though the army hasn’t realized the full potential of Mission Command, it is imperative to continue to lead the organizational change in pursuit of that vision since Mission Command provides the only known advantage in future complex environments; it promotes creativity and strategic thinking, fosters innovation and communication and empowers leaders at all levels. In order to achieve
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Individuals and organizations are usually more comfortable with maintaining the status quo than adopting change. This is especially true of non-innovative organizations. Leaders are hesitant to change when they do not see organizational actions aligned with the message. This has proven to be the case with the Army promotion and assignment system. A 2014 survey suggests that only fifty four percent of Army leaders agree that personnel evaluations are accurate. The survey also implies that only forty percent of Army professionals believe that the promotion goes to the most capable individuals. This information infers that Army leaders do not believe that the organization 's actions align with the message, so they inhibit trust, and prevent

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