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  1. Ted Dannemiller
    September 13, 2018 @ 7:50 am

    There is a “science” of leadership- breaking it down to attributes that are physical an universally true. Having been in the civilian sector for decades, the hardest thing to maintain is the Battle Rhythm. And that is usually because we let others (not adversaries, but certainly OTHERS) dominate our battle space. So, create and maintain, to the extent possible, a battle space you control.

    As one Stormin’ general once asked me at the NTC: “What are you in control of Captain?” I responded with (a borrowed phrase) “everything I can see for 4000 meters”. Make it so.

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    • jbowen100
      September 13, 2018 @ 10:49 am

      Ted, great comments! Love the NTC recount! What a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

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  2. Chaveso Cook
    September 13, 2018 @ 1:07 pm

    Good post Josh.

    In addition to the part on calendars, I would highlight the ability to share the digital versions and even give others access to make changes/edits to it. One can’t do that, obviously, with an analog version, but there are advantages to your teammates (especially as one grows in position, rank and importance in the Army) having the ability to add meetings, change times, or suggest other things calendar-wise. And, if you have it synced to your phone or watch, it can update you on the fly… which may be particularly useful on a busy day.

    Conversely, I’m a huge fan of “bullet journaling” and maintaining an analog calendar with detailed notes, tasks and events. Writing things down uses different parts of your brain and helps with memory and retention. It also may be more advantageous to a visual learner.

    A hybrid of these two techniques that I’ve used is to print off my Outlook calendar in week or day mode (depending upon how busy my schedule was at the time) and jot written notes and items on it.

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  3. Jes
    September 14, 2018 @ 7:37 am

    Great post! I concur with the need for a calendar, a task tracker, and a battle rhythm for personal management; however, I believe there is one more element needed – a system with which to manage the three tools. Techies would probably call this a “workflow,” military types would probably call it a “standard operating procedure (SOP).” I personally like the “Getting Things Done” (GTD) methodology by Dave Allen.

    https://gettingthingsdone.com

    https://www.amazon.com/Getting-Things-Done-Stress-Free-Productivity/dp/0142000280

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    • jbowen100
      September 14, 2018 @ 7:41 am

      Jes, I’m going to check that out right now! Thanks for the recommendation.

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  4. D_Dye
    December 12, 2018 @ 11:20 am

    Thank you for this! As a 2nd class cadet, I really appreciated this article.

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