These days, the name of Field Marshal Sir Gerald Templer is
barely known outside the highly specialist field of Counterinsurgency Warfare –
within which he is a role model of heroic proportion.
However, since legislative trends make dealing with
employees ever more like Counterinsurgency Warfare, your contributor was
reading a very helpful book
on the subject when he came across a formulation of the Field Marshal’s
leadership system that deserves much broader attention.
It can be applied to organising almost anything.
The key to the system is taking each step in turn, in order
of importance, not moving on to the next step until the one before has been
sorted out completely. Getting the more important step right is half way to
getting the next step right.
So, in order of importance – and action – starting with the
1 Get the priorities
right – i.e. the objectives;
2 Get the
instructions right – i.e. the strategy;
3 Get the
organisation right – i.e. the structure;
4 Get the right
people into the organisation;
5 Get the right
spirit into the people;
6 Leave them to get
on with it.