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Command and Control (Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication 6) Paperback – June 8, 2005

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  • Series: Marine Corps Doctrinal Publication
  • Paperback: 156 pages
  • Publisher: Wildside Press (June 8, 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557423075
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557423078
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.4 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.1 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
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By C. W. Richards on October 28, 2005
Don't let the title fool you. This is one of the best management texts around by people who have to get it right or more will suffer than just their stock options.

As the book says right up front: "It is not more command and control that we are after. Instead, we seek to decrease the amount of command and control that we need." Think about that one for a while - does your company work this way?

Like its companion, MCDP 1, Warfighting, this is a guide for helping people to work together under conditions of stress and uncertainty. Sounds a lot like modern business to me.

If you're too old to join the Marine Corps, these books may be the next best bet. Read them, ponder them, and use them.
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A well-written fast-paced read into a refreshing view of Command and Control theory. War is inherently chaotic and, in the past, many have attempted to control the chaos through strict and unquestioned authoritarian control or through intense planning that attempts to be ready for every possible contingency. The result is almost always a failure in communications required for authoritarian control or an overlooked or previously thought impossible event for which there is no contingency plan. Authoritarian control and exhastive contingency planning are impractical in the real chaos of combat. A better approach is not in attempting to tame the chaos but to learn to adapt to it and even use that chaos to your advantage. But how can that be accomplished?

In this brief little book from the U. S. Marine Corps, we have the answers to how to adapt and take advantage of chaos. The concepts are simple enough in theory but challenging to put into practice over a large organization. Still, the efforts to do so are wiorth the reward of having an organization that is truly able to meet the challenges. To fully grasp the concepts, it is necessary to accept a paradigm shift in how we understand Command and Control so the book provides the theory behind that new paradigm. This book describes the importance of mission orders that convey intent rather than details filled with synchronized actions tied to an inflexible plan. It describes how such orders require trust between command and subordinates and the desirability to enable and encourage intiative at the lowest levels in the ranks. It stresses the difference between management and leadership with respect to people and stresses the importance of people and ideas over technology.
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