Tag Archives: military

Great Example of Challenging Orthodoxies

With a new Top Gun movie coming out soon, I thought this might be an appropriate share. It used to be in the early days of military aviation that a pilot’s head only served as some level of protection during a crash or a battle. Then with the introduction of radio communications an additional function was added to allow the ...

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What’s in Your OODA Loop?

The model Colonel John Boyd developed as a fighter pilot, dubbed the OODA Loop for “Observe, Orient, Decide and Act” has become the foundation for agile strategy used for success in environments from legal, to business, and to war. Lt. Colonel Matthew Fritz shows us why..

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Need Innovative Employees? Hire a Vet

The military way of life necessitates learning agility in both training and combat. As a long-time Army officer and innovator, IX Contributor Mick Simonelli constantly witnessed soldiers and units innovating; and as a corporate executive, he diligently hired military veterans to successfully launch change. Read more...

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U.S. Air Force Innovator

Although the United States Air Force has only existed for a little over 60 years (it was created as a separate entity in 1947), its sheer size and typical military bureaucratic tendencies made it an organization relatively immune to change. This inertia, however, ran in direct contrast to the mission of the Air Force to be both innovative in development and application of new technology (faster, more advanced aerospace systems).

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Creativity and the Five Wet Monkeys

Col. Casey Haskins, an accomplished military officer and professor at West Point Academy, argues that one of the biggest obstacles to creativity is a reliance on the status quo. “We do lots of stuff that we have no idea why we do it, and we don’t even bother to examine it, and in some instances, that does harm,” explains Haskins. ...

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Memorial Day Leadership Lessons

by Mike Myatt Is Memorial Day just another holiday, or does it mean something more to you? While this weekend simply signifies a long awaited prelude to summer for some, it is much more than that for me. As a veteran and lifelong student of leadership I have always found Memorial Day weekend to be one of the most meaningful ...

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