Auftragstaktik: Empowering Site-Based Leaders

Auftragstaktik: Empowering Site-Based Leaders. What is Auftragstaktik? What are its limitations and risks? How does it free leaders for greater success?

Auftragstaktik NOTICE In the event of a fire, the person closest to the fire extinguisher has the authority to use it. www.jaywren

After the battle the king can do what he likes with my head, but during the battle will he please allow me to use it?” — Friedrich von Seydlitz

The German word Auftragstaktik is coined from the phrase: Auftrag (assignment) taktik (tactics).

The idea is that everyone in an organization needs to know how much authority they have and how to use that authority.

Simple Example

NOTICE: In the event of a fire, the person closest to the fire extinguisher has the authority to use it.

Auftragstaktik and Practical Disobedience

Frequently studied as a form of military command, the concept has its roots in Prussian and German military training.

Frederick II, also known as “Frederick the Great,” was the King of Prussia between 1740 and 1786.  Under his rule, Prussia expanded its territories and became recognized as a military power in Europe.

He was King of Prussia during the Seven Years’ War.  This war pitted England, Prussia, and their allies against the allies of the French and Russian alliance.

The people of Prussia admired their “War King.”  His people and his soldiers affectionately referred to Frederick the Great as “Old Fritz.”

The Micromanager

In battle, “Old Fritz” was a micromanager.

His most precocious and creative general was Friedrich von Seydlitz.  This general was unconventional and independent in his tactics.  His independence on at least one occasion ran counter the “Old Fritz’s” command.

In the Battle of Zorndorf in 1758, the king ordered the general to attack the Russian front.  Instead the general attacked the Russian flank.

“Old Fritz” ordered his general to return to the king’s camp and explain himself.

The general, still engaged in battle, ignored the order.  “Old Fritz” again ordered the general to report to the king’s camp.  A second time, the general ignored the order.  In a third attempt, the king sent an order to the general that he would either report to the king immediately or the king would lop off the general’s head.

The general replied, “After the battle the king can do what he likes with my head, but during the battle will he please allow me to use it?”

Seydlitz tactics worked to win the battle against the Russian army. He went on to become one of Prussia’s greatest generals. King Frederick became one of his friends.  Operating under the thumb of a micromanager, he succeeded through the success he achieved with this mission tactics.

The Unemployment Rate Declined to 4.6 Percent in November

“The unemployment rate declined to 4.6 percent in November.” bls.gov

The Unemployment Rate Declined to 4.6 Percent in November 2016

 

U.S. Nonfarm Payrolls BLS

The Unemployment Rate Declined to 4.6 Percent in November

“THE EMPLOYMENT SITUATION — NOVEMBER 2016

The unemployment rate declined to 4.6 percent in November, and total nonfarm payroll
employment increased by 178,000, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today.
Employment gains occurred in professional and business services and in health care. via bls.gov

Internet of Things: What are the Risks?

Internet of Things: What are the Risks?
Internet of Things: What are the Risks?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is the connection of everyday products to the Internet. The purpose is to make these products more responsive to our control. However, many tech people have warned that the IoT has many risks to our security and to the Internet itself.  Some people believe that Internet blackouts are a direct result of the IoT.

NEW YORK (AP) — Could millions of connected cameras, thermostats and kids’ toys bring the internet to its knees? It’s beginning to look that way.

Source: Attacks on the internet keep getting bigger and nastier

Why is the USS Midway the biggest thing in San Diego?

USS Midway Museum San Diego CA
Photo Credit Jay Wren

The USS Midway: The biggest thing in San Diego

My family and I visited the USS Midway a few weeks ago.  I wish to thank our docent, Joe Veraldi, for the wonderful job that he did to help us with our tour.

For people not familiar with the USS Midway, it is a decommissioned United States aircraft carrier that today serves as a museum.

Upon graduating from college, I served for three years aboard the USS Midway.  Serving as an Officer of the Deck for those three years, I spent more time on the bridge of the Midway than I spent on land.

Bridge of the USS Midway 1972 Jay Wren
Jay Wren, Bridge Watch, 1972

Here is the view of the bridge today.  Our docent, Air Force veteran Joe Veraldi, is in the background in the red shirt and red cap.

Jeff Wren Bridge View
Photo Credit Jeff Wren

Why is the USS Midway the biggest thing in San Diego?

For two reasons.  First, it is the most popular tourist site in the city.

Joe Veraldi said,

“We had over 1.4 million visitors last year, and we are well on the way to breaking that total this year.

Also, last month we were voted as the #1 Naval Museum in the country! Every day is a great day on the Midway.”

The second reason that the Midway is the biggest thing in San Diego is that the ship is twice as large as the largest building in the city.

The ship is the length of three American football fields plus 101 feet.  At the angle deck the ship is 100 feet wider than an American football field.

Aerial view of the USS Midway, 910 N Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA
USS Midway, 910 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA, Google Maps

Most of the docents are retired military service members, many of whom served on the Midway.

Seeing everything on the ship will fill a day.  The museum curators have restored nearly the entire ship to its original condition.  From the bridge to the boilers rooms, everything is there to visit.

The museum has spectacular reviews:  Of the 15,296 visitor reviews, 11630 were excellent and 3280 were very good.

The Midway offers self-guided toursdocent tours, and facilities for private events.

Thanks again, Joe Veraldi.  You did a wonderful job!

6 Phrases We All Can Stop Using In Work Emails – Glassdoor Blog

These days, most business is conducted over email. Whether checking in on the status of a project, setting up a meeting with coworkers or interfacing with clients, email is the easiest and most common way to share information in an office setting. It follows then, that the way your professional emails come across matters almost as much as how you present yourself in person.

Source: 6 Phrases We All Can Stop Using In Work Emails – Glassdoor Blog

Echoes December 28 2015

Echoes December 28 2015

“If you want to understand the entrepreneur, study the juvenile delinquent.  The delinquent is saying with his actions, ‘This sucks. I’m going to do my own thing.’”  Yvon Chouinard, business executive and author of Let My People Go Surfing: The Education of a Reluctant Businessman

Echoes: highlights in career and business success

The Creativity 50 2015: The Most Creative People of the Year | Ad Age

“In our 10th Anniversary Edition of the Creativity 50, we celebrate those who broke ground with their fresh thinking and eye-opening ideas. We hope that the accomplishments of this year’s celebrants and of our past honorees continue to inspire you to think bigger and more boldly and create passionately and abundantly in the years to come.” — Ann-Christine Diaz

Source: The Creativity 50 2015: The Most Creative People of the Year – Ad Age

Protect Your Smart Device | Federal Communications Commission

“The theft of wireless devices, particularly smartphones, is sharply on the rise across the country, according to many published reports. The high resale value of these high-tech phones and the personal information contained on the device that could be used by identity thieves has made smartphones a prime target for robbers. Here’s how you can better protect yourself, your device and the data it contains, along with instructions on what to do if your device is lost or stolen.”

Source: Protect Your Smart Device | Federal Communications Commission

Even for the active, a long sit shortens life and erodes health | LA Times

Is your desk job killing you?

“Maybe those of us who sit for long hours in meetings, on phone calls, and tapping away at keyboards should be getting hazard pay. New research that distills the findings of 47 studies concludes that those of us who sit for long hours raise our average risk of cancer, cardiovascular disease, type 2 diabetes and early death.”

Source: Even for the active, a long sit shortens life and erodes health – LA Times

How I Created A $350 Million Software Company Knowing Nothing About Software | TechCrunch

“I’ve always wanted to make a lot of money, have people pay a lot of attention to me and do a lot of exciting things. I just never knew how.”

Source: How I Created A $350 Million Software Company Knowing Nothing About Software – TechCrunch

4 Ways to Quickly Build Influence at a New Job

“Congratulations. You got the job! Now the real challenge begins: hitting the ground running.”

Source: 4 Ways to Quickly Build Influence at a New Job

Why Procrastination Is the Key to Your Business | Inc.com

“How can you integrate your favorite procrastination into your business life?”

Source: Why Procrastination Is the Key to Your Business | Inc.com

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