L100 Take Home Exam

1. What are the organizational development challenges you face as the new brigade commander? What are three things you can do to address these issues and develop the brigade as a learning organization?
Since my departure from this brigade two and a half years ago the brigade has changed in the wrong direction.   While I was assigned it was a functioning brigade, which worked together as a cohesive unit, free of spiteful competition. I would immediately think back and drafts a plan of attack which focused on many of those things that made the brigade great at that time.
I have several organizational issues which need immediate attention. Although the brigade transformed into an HBCT fairly well, including conducting this transformation at the onset of a deployment into a combat theater under the new formation, it was still successful in its missions. With that being said, the brigade did have many issues that cannot and will not happen under my watch. I am working with a brigade which, has just gone through a massive change over in personnel, to include most of the primary staff and the Command Sergeant Major. So, I have personnel issues regarding continuity within the brigade and how things are done. Therein lays my first approach. I will bring all my primary staff, Commanders, Command Sergeants Majors and their S3 Sergeants Majors together and give them my philosophy, mission statement, vision and what I think their focus should be to bring the brigade back to what it once was.
In the beginning I am going to have to conduct command climate surveys to identify my short comings and then take a direct, almost hands on approach to fixing the issues acknowledged in the brigade.   I will also conduct several brigade commander lead meetings with the Soldiers, NCOs, officers and senior leaders in an attempt to let them hear and understand my leader and training philosophy’s. This will let everyone know I am serious and focused on turning the brigade around.
I will...