Leadership and effective team working is at the core of the military, with the risks of failure literally being life and death. And there is no greater example of excellence in effectiveness in military leadership, teamwork, planning and tenacity to get the job done than our own infamous 22nd Regiment SAS (Special Air Service).
Whether you are a supporter of the military or not, there is no denying that much can be learnt from the strategies and methodologies that they have forged under fire.
Below are a few learning points taken direct from the lessons gleaned from the SAS Survival guide, which incidentally inspire many of our leadership and team development frameworks.
1. Keep your skills and experience current
“Any equipment you have must be considered a bonus. Lack of equipment should not mean that you are unequipped, for you will carry skills and experience with you. But those skills and experience must not be allowed to get rusty, and you must extend your knowledge at all times.”
“Divide the project into phases: entry phase, objective and recovery. Clearly set the aim and time scale of each phase. Plan for emergency procedures such as vehicle breakdown, illness and casualty evacuation.”
3. Be realistic
“Allow plenty of time when estimating the rate of progress. Pressure to keep to an over-ambitious schedule leads to exhaustion and errors of judgment.”
4. Contingency plans
“Be prepared. What will you do if a vehicle breaks down, or if weather conditions prove more severe than anticipated? If in a party, how will you regroup if separated? What happens if someone falls ill?"
5. Work in a group
“Consider the ability of each member to deal with likely challenges… Hold meetings to discuss responsibilities and plans… Ensure everyone is familiar with equipment.”
6. Play to people’s strengths
“Nominate a medic, cook, mechanic, driver, etc.”
7. Do your research
“The more detailed your knowledge of the place and people, the better your chances. Study your maps carefully. Gain as much knowledge of the terrain as possible.”
8. Hurricane warnings
“You have 24 hours and have to do everything you can in that period to prepare for the storm that will come down on you,”
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