Don’t let…

“Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision.” Colin Powell (1937 to Present) Colin Luther Powell was a US Army general and statesman. He was chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (1989-1993) and secretary of state (2001-2005), the first African American to hold either position. Advertisements

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Basic Managerial Skills vs Sound Military Decisions…

“There are of course those parts of the trade, or art, that can be studied, and therefore learned. There have been few great leaders who were not knowledgeable about the mechanics of the business; you cannot be an inspiring leader if you neglect the logistics that feed your men. They will not give you their… Read More

The Estimate Process for Non-Combat Decision-Making

Introduction There are many of us in the RAF who have never heard of the Estimate and others who have heard of it but have not had any tuition in its use. As a result, it is often considered something of a ‘black art’ and strictly for the use of senior personnel who are involved… Read More

The Military Decision Equation…

“There is no equation for a military decision. Decision-making requires both intuitive skill to recognize and analyze the essence of a given problem and the creative ability to devise a practical solution.” Major W.R. Speigle (US Marine Corps) Reference Speigle, W.R. (2008) The Basic School: Continuing to Successfully Prepare Second Lieutenants to be Officers. Master’s… Read More

Training & Certainty vs Education & Uncertainty…

“Leaders must be trained for certainty and educated for uncertainty.” Lieutenant Colonel Philip Anderson (US Marine Corps) Reference Anderson, P. (1999) Foundations for Teaching: A philosophy for the Marine Corps University. Marine Corps Gazette. 83(4). Available from World Wide Web: https://www.mca-marines.org/gazette/1999/04/foundations-teaching-philosophy-marine-corps-university. [Accessed: 24 May, 2018].