Accession Number:

ADA279635

Title:

Into the Wind, Against the Tide: Change and the Operational Commander

Descriptive Note:

Final rept.

Corporate Author:

NAVAL WAR COLL NEWPORT RI DEPT OF OPERATIONS

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1994-02-08

Pagination or Media Count:

33.0

Abstract:

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.

Subject Categories:

  • Meteorology
  • Psychology
  • Military Forces and Organizations

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE