There is no question that with the rapid advancement of technology, the tools our warriors now use to employ these skills have grown more complex, precise, and easier to operate. So that leaves the question: Are the "no-fail" basics originally used to complete these three fundamental tasks now obsolete? Our nation’s most skilled Soldiers would declare that although our weapons should be outfitted with the most advanced optics and infrared (IR) lasers, it is equally important to maintain a rifle’s zero with iron sights… So why is traditional land navigation training no longer prioritized throughout our formations?
Social Intelligence (SI) is an emerging theme — both nationally and globally — in economic, military, business, and various organizational priorities. Successful leaders understand IQ does not always correlate to organizational success. The purpose of this article is to relate academic theory to real-world application through personal experiences at the U.S. Army Ranger School, enabling individuals to define their interpersonal leadership dimensions of SI and build effective organizations. A strong foundation of principles, putting people first, and showing alignment of word and deed through practice of organizational values (the "3 Ps") provides a method of improving productivity and creating success.
Shoot, move, and communicate" is still a fundamental, albeit simplistic, means of describing warfare. By adding "decide" we account for the mental thought process that occurs before any action is taken in warfare. Training leaders and Soldiers to decide, shoot, move, and communicate at platoon, company, or battalion levels was simpler when the only tools a leader had to consider were his rifle, radio, map, and Soldiers. Previously, leaders could go to an unoccupied training area, with little or no coordination, and train knowing they were accounting for the majority of tasks required. With the increased dependence on digital mission command information systems (MCIS) and the need to train as a combined force, the tools and level of responsibility of our Soldiers and leaders have changed dramatically.
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