CAOCL Staff Ride Lesson Plan
Center for Advanced Operational Culture Learning Quantico United States
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This lesson plan provides a framework that integrates perspective taking into the existing staff ride concept. Cultural mindsets are powerful influences on the decision making and actions of individuals. While invisible, they shape how individuals perceive events and their surroundings and how we respond to them. They are formed over a lifetime and evolve as our life experiences expose us to new challenges, ideas, and people. In staff rides, we are asked to analyze the battle based on the information that was available at the time. However, more often than not, the role of cultural mindsets in shaping the operating environment, the decision making and actions of leaders, and in transforming the battlespace is absent from the discussion. To ensure we equip our leaders with the skills and understanding needed to identify and use this invisible, but powerful aspect of the battlespace in operational planning and execution, this staff ride lesson plan is an intentional exercise in perspective taking.
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