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  1. Clark Arnold
    August 31, 2018 @ 8:53 am

    Thought provoking. When reading the analogy of each perspective I’d have to admit, I’ve do each simultaneously. My inner circle ( Key leaders and certain staff ) fit more into the family arena and those outside the inner circle into the team.


    • jbowen100
      September 9, 2018 @ 11:30 am

      Clark, great point! I didn’t think of it in that way. I really agree. Definitely adopting that model. Thanks!


  2. Chris Prior
    September 8, 2018 @ 8:48 am

    A cracking post; Ive never thought of the differences between the two and to understand those differences is very useful. I’d have to agree with Clark and 3x5L – I find a blend of team and family useful in a military context although I tend more towards the family aspects.

    We are lucky in the military as we have an imposed rank structure and discipline system which means that you can instill a family ethos whilst maintaining the more structured and performance aspects of the team. Although you have to work hard and grow your leadership to maintain that balance. Remember George Clooney in The Thin Red Line when he states that he is the Daddy of the company and the Company Seargeant Major is the Mummy? Although a little trite, I often thought of that and thought that there was some truth in it (although my CSM was quite a fierce ‘Mummy’). I know some Mum and Dads that run their family as a well drilled Company Commander and Company Sergeant Major!

    Whilst on operations, I find the family traits absolutely critical to achieving the solid performance desired of the team. Soldiers will go that extra mile to support and back up their ‘brothers’, often putting themselves in harms way, to safe guard the team and those the ‘love’ which leads to mission success. Members of a well drilled team, although they would trust each other empirically, may not necessarily make that sacrifice.

    A great post, thanks.


    • jbowen100
      September 9, 2018 @ 11:32 am

      Chris, great point about being a family while in those deployed environments. I think that really sends the message necessary to support the behaviors we need to take care of our brothers and sisters. Absolutely. Thanks for sharing!


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