Followers ask permission and in its absence, wait to be told what to do. Operators are constantly seeking to influence their environment to accomplish the mission.
In the military, a force multiplier is a… “capability that, when added to and employed by a combat force, significantly increases the combat potential of that force and thus enhances the probability of successful mission accomplishment.” Mission-Driven Culture is a force multiplier.
MDC is an outcome of a deliberate alignment of an organization’s operational culture with its mission.
MDC consists of a set of foundational values and principles that integrate the existing sets of values and practices throughout the organization and align them with the mission. To the core purpose of the organization’s existence.
Mission Driven Culture (MDC) Values
- Service for the Common Good
- High Trust State
- Pursuit of Truth
- Form & Function Defined by the End State
- Individual Initiative
- Continuous Improvement
MDC uses a system of mission command – decentralized decision making, guided by a framework of leader’s intent and combined with the authority and expectation to act.
Senior leaders communicate the task, purpose and end state of an assignment and provide the needed resources. The how of getting it done – the planning – and the execution are delegated to sub leaders.
Mission command is not freelancing. It’s extraordinarily disciplined. In MDC, each operator is highly accountable for their actions and the passing of information down, sideways and up. Senior leaders still communicate constraints – things that must be done or things that cannot be done.
MDC focuses on training people how to think, not what to think. But there are still plenty of rules. Rules make sense for things that either cannot be delegated or have no value being delegated.