Retired Army Major Donald Vandergriff provided the vision and intent to provide a collection of essays on how to develop a culture of mission command within various organizations. How can a leader, at whatever level, take actions to improve their people and improve their organization to achieve better results faster, or more effectively, or at less cost. Or some combination of these. In true mission command style, a collection of authors seized the initiative and self-organized each taking action as they saw fit to achieve the overall intent. So we bring you "Mission Command: The Who, What, Where, When, and Why".
Retired Army Major Donald Vandergriff used the power of distributed social networks to bring together and harness the collective wisdom of military professionals, academics, and various subject matter experts with a passion for developing better problem solvers and decision makers and the organizational cultures that allows them to flourish. Solving unstructured problems in an ambiguous or complex environment requires a shared vision for the future, trust between various sub-elements in an organization, and the capability for the decision makers at the edge to act independently to achieve the higher level intent. For the U.S. military and some of its allies this is known as "mission command" and is heavily influenced by Prussian and later German military culture, organization, and professional development. While it is the current espoused doctrine, the implementation has many shortcomings. The purpose of this team of authors is to shed light on actions to be taken to better develop a culture of mission command.
Meet the Team
A diverse group of writers with years of experience leading with mission command philosophy. You can read more about each author on their Author page and see some of their other projects.
Grant is a special forces lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Army with over 20 years in special operations forces. A graduate of The Citadel, he has an MBA from George Mason University, an MMAS from the School of Advanced Military Studies, and is a PhD student in NC State University’s Public Administration Program. Bio.