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What processes, procedures, practices or styles that Corporate America (private sector) can learn from the military way and what can the military learn that can benefit the private sector?
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1LT Enrique M.
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Chain of command from the military to the civilian side, mutual respect,etc.

I Think if we ran the military like a corporate environment when it comes to budgets I honestly think we would not have as much scope creep in projects ( additional oversight , new project requirements after a deal has been made, lot of chiefs in a development program) then we wouldn't have the monstrosity of projects like the f35 , etc
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I agree with you on that one sir. I believe it is a case between "for profit" and "non-profit" organization. The "for-profit" takes the extra effort and over-sight to make sure money are well spend.
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MSG Mark Million
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MSG (Join to see) - While I agree in general principle, I would note that the downside of the for profit scenario given here is that many developments that have been and still are gravely needed would never happen in a for profit scenario because of the costs involved. So while we need to cut down on wasted resources, we also need to make sure that vital projects are not cut when they truly are necessary. Not all cost saving measures are equal.
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MSG Mark Million - No they are not equal and I agree. Some beneficial developments, in order for it to be approved to move forward on "for profit" organization is to determine the benefits and the ROI (return on investment). if the ROI is more than 5 years then we may not see it happen.
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LTC Michael Hrycak
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Although the Army has made some modifications during combat, the Military DecisionMaking Process (MDMP) is an ideal model for the private sector to follow when they are planning major "missions." Because each Subject Matter Expert (SME), and staff section, provide their input, and the commander can adopt one of the proposed Courses of Action (CoA), or designate his/her own, you have sufficient chances of success due to relevant and knowledgeable input. On the other hand, the military could learn some collegiality from the private sector. How many times have we had leaders, officers and NCO's alike, make decisions for the sake of making the decision, or, even worse, sometimes to rival one of their "competitors"? I always felt pretty comfortable addressing peers in the military, but I have seen some changes in the last decade or so, and the military should strive to continue to develop leaders, just as the private sector would benefit as well to learn from some very effective military leaders.
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Sir, thank you for sharing. I agree 100% on the decision making process on the military side, I believe we got it down to simple and effective science.. You also hit the nail on the head as far as military personnel learning collegiality.
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SGT Matt Schiess
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The private sector could benefit greatly from the example that those in the military set.
That example is comraderie.
You will find no more closely bonded people than those that have shared the experience of the military with someone else.
Those of us that have an appreciable amount of time "in", know that the brotherhood (gender neutral) is something that cannot be broken over distance, or even time itself.
There are people I served with that I would walk through hell with. And there are people in Corporate America that I'd unplug their life support to charge my phone. There really are folks out there that bad. Sorry, not sorry.
BUT, if Corporate America could find a neat way to build a similar comeraderie they would benefit greatly.
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I agree with camaraderie 100% .... and I am not sorry that you are "not sorry".
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but then again... don't you ran to those type of people in the military that you love to hate?
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SGT Matt Schiess
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MSG (Join to see) - Yes I have. And they are just as bad, and I feel just as strongly about them, because them being in shows they are at least capable of more.
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