In this short piece in SIGNAL Magazine I make the case for the value of historical analysis as preparation for innovation. Look to history for lessons learned and approaches to problem-solving. From this approach, you can avoid common pitfalls, discover patterns for successful problem-solving, and empathy for the endurance required for success as an innovator.
The Defense Department’s investments in a transition to cloud services has each of the Services examining the costs and benefits of transition. As each military service rolls out new cloud capabilities, however, they may find that simply building these solutions will not attract organizations to use them. The following short piece in SIGNAL Magazine considers … More If You Build It, They May Not Come – The Cloud in the DoD
To understand how to bridge tactical and strategic networks, begin by understanding who owns the risk. The following article in SIGNAL Magazine discusses four steps to approaching tactical and strategic network integration.
Recent announcements by Secretary of Defense, Ash Carter, regarding the development of Defense Innovation Units Experimental – in Silicon Valley, Boston, and now Austin, have inspired many in the Department of Defense, including myself, to consider how we too can deliver innovation. Given the need to modernize American military forces after nearly two decades of … More Creating Military Innovation Institutes
How many times have you seen a new leader arrive with their bag of tricks and begin to implement change either before they have fully consulted with their leadership team – or worse – despite them? Whether you are in the military, government, or civilian sector, middle managers and senior leaders often rotate in and out … More Let Bottom-up Ideas Drive Change
Many staff officers and budding leaders have been exposed to battlefield visits. Organizers of these staff rides hope that lessons learned from combat years ago may offer fresh insight and understanding. As beneficial as these opportunities may be – another form of staff ride, an old fashioned field-trip, may be even more advantageous for professional development. Site … More Beyond Staff Rides – How to Broaden Your Team With Site Visits
Much of one’s existence consists of a continuous effort to adapt. This is a basic survival principle. We learn, we discover, we change all in an effort to adjust to our environments and our changing desires. Organizations do the same – some better than others. As varied as the daily churn of many groups may … More Three Things Every Leader Should Understand About Creativity and Innovation
When did this all start? When did we begin outsourcing our long-term memories to Wikipedia and our rolodex to LinkedIn? When did we start to trust the Drudge Report over the NBC Nightly news? When did reinventing one’s identity change from leaving the farm and heading to the city – to changing Facebook profiles and … More Mankind and Information Revolutions – Past * Present * Future
Where do I begin? This is a question many of us ask ourselves when we take a new position. How can you improve your team, unit, organization and how are you going to prioritize your efforts? Whether you are in the military or not, I believe this question can be answered by organizing your goals … More Processes, Projects, Programs and People
Leaders seeking to foster a climate of innovation in the military face the challenge of providing the right incentives to motivate their team. In combat environments an intrinsic motivation exists. Convincing a combat unit that their chances of survival will increase if they adapt their tools, techniques, and procedures is easy. When you return home finding the same motivation may … More Military Innovation Advice