Into the Wind, Against the Tide: Change and the Operational Commander
NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS
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This paper discusses the operational commanders role in ensuring effective change. Its purpose is to answer two basic questions 1 What are the barriers to operational commanders effective response to change and 2 How can commanders successfully overcome these barriers The paper reviews individual and organizational barriers to effective change using historic examples and studies in communication, psychology, organizational behavior, and decision making. The paper concludes by noting that commanders can best ensure effective change by recognizing their own individual limitations and the limits of bureaucratic organization, by mentoring innovative subordinates, and by accepting personal professional risks ensure that important innovations are recognized and implemented.
- Military Forces and Organizations