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Given how warfare has changed, a decreasing number actually do any military service, however there are some great lessons for business to consider.
1. Build tight Bonds in your Team
Most who have served in the army commemorate the uniquely deep bond they build there, and this is especially true for those who have served in actual combat. Such deep bonds make sense given how you really depend upon each other for survival, with the existential reflections that entails. Nonetheless, regular businesses should take a page out of the army book, and strive to develop a deeper sense of loyalty and comradery in their teams.
2. Remember that you are in a Battle
Like it or not, but wartimes are some of the most innovative periods. Many business people tend to forget that they are competing with other companies, and that peaceful complacency can lead to serious trouble. Private companies in particular, really are participating in the survival of the fittest. Anyone who doubt this should look at the death rates of companies. Many new ones die quickly and older ones are outcompeted by disruptive competitors.
3. Discipline, discipline, discipline
On the surface, it seems like a bunch of people with chronic OCD (Obsessive-Compulsive-Disorder) invented the army. There are rules for absolutely everything, and many higher up in the system really seem to get a deep pleasure of the structure and order that creates. Regardless, discipline is actually important, and is something that business should consider more.
4. Focus on the Greater Purpose
The army really gives you this ornate purpose to fight for, and you should find that for your company as well. It is important to put allot of thought into your logo, vision and mission statement. It should stand for something you would fight and die for.
5. Have a Battle-plan
While this might sound very militant for something like, say a little local bakery, it nevertheless instils the approach that you should hope for the best, but prepare for the worst. Just having simulated problematic scenarios beforehand makes them allot easier to handle when they actually occur. This is why we have fire drill exercises!
So, there you have it. While this thinking might sound very aggressive, truth be told, most successful companies use veiled versions of this. Bear in mind, such key business fields as strategic management originated in the army’s war rooms and not the corporate boardroom. Is this something you would implement in your company, or be comfortable working under?
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