Speaking Topic – How the Marine Corps Creates High-Performing Teams

On January 31st, I’ll be speaking at the Agile Warrior Series being held at the University of Texas – Dallas Campus.  This talk is something I’ve been dreaming up for the past 3 or 4 years.  After spending 12 years on active duty in the Marine Corps, and then getting into the Agile community, I realized there are incredible parallels between the two.


Agile Warrior Series

I hope to see you there!


Here’s the Abstract for my talk:

Outside of the 13-week grueling boot camp that every Marine goes through, what do the Marines do to have the title of the ‘World’s 911 Response Force?’

It isn’t because they come out of the Marine Corps boot camp being able to run 3-miles with ease, are hand-to-hand combat proficient, or can shoot a human-sized target from 500 yards with deadly accuracy.

It’s because the most basic team in the Marines is a 4-person, cross-functional team that is empowered to train, learn and grow together; are technically and tactically proficient, and operate in a decentralized decision-making model the ensures those with the most current and relevant information are the ones making the decisions.

Join me in exploring how the Marine Corps uses this small unit to excel on the battlefield, and how you can use these approaches to build high performing teams in your organization.

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