Real Leadership and the U.S. Army: Overcoming a Failure of Imagination to Conduct Adaptive Work
ARMY WAR COLL STRATEGIC STUDIES INST CARLISLE BARRACKS PA
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Former Army Chief of Staff General Martin E. Dempsey has highlighted failure of imagination as a major obstacle in an organization s ability to learn, adapt, and find solutions to complex problems. As a former Commanding General of the Army s Training and Doctrine Command TRADOC, General Dempsey led the redesign of the Army s conceptual foundation. He and other Army officials, reflecting on the previous decade s conflicts, aggressively instituted a campaign of learning, which TRADOC describes as a broad set of initiatives designed to produce an Army capable of rapidly adapting to defeat unforeseen threats.
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