Now that I have discussed how the Marine Corps develops its middle managers, I will move on to how they cultivate their senior managers – senior NCOs and senior officers. I will start with two of the six techniques the Corps uses and how these practices will benefit your organization.
1. The Marine Corps understands that small can be good. The Corp does not object to being the smallest branch of the service; it revels in it. It has defined itself as The Few, The Proud. By being lean it gets the most from its Marines and can react at a moment’s notice. It would be wise for every CEO to remember the example of the Marine Corps. Thinking small enables organizational simplicity, drives operational efficiency, and maintains financial prudence.
2. Instilling company values is also important to the Corps. In basic training recruits are taught the Marine Corps values of honor, courage, and commitment. Since 1995, a credit-card-size core values card has been issued to every Marine – no other branch does this. True to tradition, the Marine Corps does not want to leave anything to chance. Organizations should promote and reinforce their values too. This will strengthen company culture and contribute to the overall success of the business.
In my next two blogs I will continue my discussion on the Corps’ senior management leadership practices. If you would like to speak with us about creating a topnotch leadership-driven company culture or have a business question or issues you would like to discuss, please feel free to reach out to us via our website Contact page.