TIME OUT – Lessons from A Military Tattoo

Two words that instantaneously come to mind when I hear military are effective leadership and discipline. I as many others look forward to military tattoos in order to witness the military drum performances and the public demonstration of military skills, drills and tactics. The highlight of these events is undoubtedly the precision and flawless synchronisation of the movements executed throughout the event.
At Trinidad and Tobago’s Military Tattoo 2012, I was riveted in awe that transformed into shouts of appreciation, as I witnessed the performance by the women’s arm of the Jamaican Defence Force – performing as “Femme Fatale”. As I looked at Femme Fatale waiting to take the field, it was surreal. They took their positions and as they paused before the start of their routine, they were transformed into a motionless picture. I began to wonder if they had indeed been replaced by mannequins. They then wowed the audience with a routine executed to popular dancehall and soca music, with unified military precision. It is this performance that reinforced for me lessons learnt. Such a precision and synchronised performance required:
• Leadership – to clearly articulate the vision of the hybrid of cultural relevance and military discipline
• Teamwork and Commitment – to deliver what was agreed on, as agreed and to the best of the collective ability
• Practice – to develop team competence and ensure accuracy and consistency in quality delivery
• Discipline – to adhere to practice schedules, routines developed and to deliver precisely as directed and rehearsed
• Brand management – to introduce cultural dimensions into the performance, while maintaining the core characteristics of the “military brand”

That said, the performances by the other arms of the military paled in comparison to this display.

What are some of the initiatives that are currently being implemented in your organisation? Do they threaten the integrity of some of the basic core values and foundational elements of the organisation?

Take a Time Out and see what emerges for you. Time Out …. the intentional cessation of an incomplete act.
Judy Joseph Mc Sween is the Business Intuitive/CEO of Meredith Mc Sween International – using Untapped Knowledge to facilitate internal transformation in individuals, teams and organisations. Contact Judy for information on her “Time Out Online”, “Time Out 24 hour Personal Rejuvenators” and “Time Out Corporate Interventions” Email judy@meredithmcsween.com or call 684 9827

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