I Am An Outsider Looking At The Organization As An Insider

1710 WordsJun 29, 20167 Pages
I am an outsider looking at the organization as an insider due to commanding one of the battalions in 4th ABCT. This strength is also a weakness that can lure me into a false sense of comfort in a time where action is desperately needs. Since my departure the unit has conducted a deployment to Afghanistan and is in the final stage of the reintegration. My brigade is suffering from a lack of mission commitment as a result of several different missions and minimal leadership involvement. In developing a new path for the 4th ABCT the key is to examine the problem, then develop a new vision, and finally use the Kotter’s “8 Stage” Model to anchor lasting improvement to the organization. This situation presents an opportunity to my command to customize the unit to meet its challenges in the future. Problems in a unit returning from deployment are nothing new, but the 4th ABCT is going down a dangerous path if the situation is not course corrected. At the heart of the problem the unit is suffering from a lack of mission commitment as a result of several different missions and minimal leadership involvement. While deployed my new unit trained for one mission and then was divided up once in country to carry out several missions to include a Security Force Advisor Team. Soldiers trained on one set of task then were utilized completely differently. The unit feels betrayed by the Army’s last minute decision to align the unit towards this new mission only hurting commitment
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