Operational Planning

Helmuth von Moltke is the prototype model for modern operational leadership. He provides a superb example in both his writings and in his actual application of the military arts. To understand Moltke’s contribution, it is necessary to first understand the times in which he practised his art. The Napoleonic era and its aftermath set the stage forMotlke’s role in nineteenth-century warfare. The events of the Napoleonic era resulted in a series of reforms in Prussia including the development of the General Staff system from which Moltke built an effective military machine.

His mastery of planning, staff development, mobilization, deployment, sustainment, and the Implementation of technology helped to make the Prussian (and later the German) army the master of Europe. He applied his talents, in conjunction with Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, to defeat Denmark in1864, Austria in 1866 and France in 1870-71. Moltke was a student and admirer of Clausewitz but did not follow all his prescriptions at all times.

Moltke was a master of military efficiency and ranks among the great captains of all time. His greatness resulted primarily from superior management skills which he applied to military strategy and operations in a manner never surpassed before or since.

VUCA is a military leadership term used to describe uncertain environments; volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity, our world is also now full of VUCA.

VUCA causes fear, and fear causes inaction. When people don’t know what’s coming next, they tend to dwell on the dangers and hazards of what might happen.

Having a Mission Focused Mindset helps overcome VUCA and move your team forward.

 

Yes! We’re a team of experts who follow a proven process to help organisations build actionable strategic plans and move them into execution. If you don’t have a plan, we’ll work with your leadership team onsite or remotely to build a plan that reflects what you need to achieve.

Mission Focus – A sound Mission should be unambiguous and presented in such a way that your team can use it as the focal point of their planning.  It might look like this – “Generate £1.5m of gross profit through a combination of new and existing business”.  During our interim work, we try to install and leave behind a style of leadership which we call Mission Focused Leadership.

As a result of the investors in people programme from years ago, there still seem to be a plethora of mission statements adorning the walls of many offices, all trying too hard to tick the PC boxes.  It’s ironic that the same programme encouraged business leaders to set S.M.A.R.T objectives…

If your business has a mission statement along the lines of “to be the number one supplier of…looking after our customers…in an ethical and sustained environment”, I would think again.  Write all that stuff down in your standards, principles and “how we do business”, not the mission.

The M.O.S.T planning model is our own in-house planning system, the model has been derived from a combination of Military and business planning tools.  M.O.S.T is a pneumonic for:

Mission – Objectives – Strategy -Tasks –

The Mission Brief Process – Adapted from the British military, the Mission Brief process is a quick and easy (designed to be used “under fire”) method of preparing a tactical plan. It is designed to be used from the top to the bottom of any organisation. The Mission brief process is an essential tool for any leader.

Yes, we often work as facilitators at events such as management team building and away days.  We provide specialist business focused leadership coaches for various venues.  Our team are able to adapt facilitation to fit most scenario’s.

We believe adding an element of planning at any team building event is an extremely productive way of meeting both team building and planning objectives.

We can fit into your current venue, be that a hotel, conference centre or outdoor activity centre. We can also organise a suitable location for your planning event.

We can fit into your current or preferred venue, be that a hotel, conference centre or outdoor activity centre.  We can also organise a suitable location for your planning event.

Yes, we can fit into your current venue, be that a hotel, conference centre or outdoor activity centre. We can also organise a suitable location for your planning event.