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Can you harness the power of Mission Command?

Written by on 18 October 2010

Mission Command is a powerful implementation methodology that allows strategic direction to be given whilst retaining the discretion of localised decision-making. Combining strategic thinking and localised decision making enables a highly effective and agile response to changing environmental situations.

Is Mission Command right for you?

Although Mission Command is a very attractive proposition for many businesses, it is not an easy option. Mission Command is more than a simple management process. It is a wider approach that requires leadership capability, shared values and a clear decision making process. All these requirements - plus a commitment to building a highly committed and trusting culture (that accepts risk) - are not everyone’s cup of tea!

Choosing the right approach

Mission Command demands a great deal of the organisation and it’s leaders. It is worth thinking about what kind of organisation you have and what you require of it. Some organisations operate in a relatively benign environment that cannot accept risk and do not need to compete – and although I accept that these kinds of organisations are becoming increasingly rare, some still do exist. The key point is to review the kind of organisation you require for the future.

Top things to think about before choosing Mission Command

  • Do you operate in a competitive market?
  • Is fresh thinking and innovation important in your business?
  • Do you wish more people would make decisions in your organisation?
  • Do you feel you would benefit from everyone pulling together?
  • Would you like to have a more empowered high performing organisation?

If the answer to the above is ‘yes’, then maybe Mission Command is right for you!

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