A strength of any leader is the ability to see change occurring around them and recognize the opportunities and possibilities quickly enough to prepare themselves and their team for the inevitable. Unfortunately, this is not a skill set that every leader carries. Far too often I see leaders who either can't or choose not to understand the forces around them. Inevitably, at some point in their career those who don't learn this valuable skill set are often swept up as part of the identified solution by the organization and they are left wondering what went wrong or are quick to blame someone else for their failures.
In the military we refer to this as situational awareness. We train ourselves daily to react to a given situation in combat and remedy the situation with clarity and diligence. Yet, it's not seen as a transferable skill or people don't see the advantages of using it on the outside. It is. Learn how to hone it and use it to your advantage in the military and after you return to the private sector.
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