Brilliant Manoeuvre
Top-down, nested hierarchical planning is critical for the full articulation of the organization’s mission and for translation into purposeful action.

Every leader and team in a company must take the time to articulate what the company’s mission and vision imply for them. Through the process of mission analysis, they must identify their own objectives to support the organization’s vision, objectives, mission and plan, then determine their own unique mission and plan to fit into that greater whole. This process must be reproduced at every level of the organization so that the entire company is pulling in the same direction to achieve its vision and mission.

Tell people what they must achieve and why they must achieve it, then let them come up with the best means to achieve it (the how).

Richard Martin is a consultant, speaker, and executive coach. He brings his military and business leadership and management experience to bear for executives and organizations seeking to exploit change, maximize opportunity, and minimize risk.

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  1. Very good post. Too many people think that some hierarchical organizations, such as the military, micromanage the actions according to their vision. This is gradually changing in the business world, and is absolutely changing in the military. Who better to adapt to changing conditions, and take appropriate actions according to those conditions, than those facing the challenge ‘on the ground?’ When more organizations adopt ’empowering’ leadership concepts, people will become more effective, creative and successful.

  2. Thanks for the comment Dale. Not only that. People will also be a lot more motivated and job satisfaction will rise.

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