The Social Army

While I am not a military veteran, I find this article about being part of a social network where people cared about and supported your performance resonates with how I’ve been feeling about work. Back in the 90s, I was more obsessed about team and mission, but eventually this drive was replaced with a stubborn independent streak as I came to believe it was easier to work alone. It had not occurred to me that the military, with its team-oriented performance-based approach, actually might be a model to follow, embodying:

  • Structure
  • Objective-based Goals
  • Measured Performance
  • Discipline
  • Teamwork
  • Practice

I personally have never liked people telling me what to do, but I think this has been because I didn’t have an overarching sense of mission to go with it, or the people telling me what to do lacked it themselves. It’s interesting to think about, and this article reminds me to look at military people in a new light.

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