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No plan survives first contact: Lessons from the military

Insight

14 March 2017

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The plan you have started your change initiative with, will not be the same plan you finish with. The volatile nature of change means that obstacles will arise and our hold on linear strategies must be relinquished. No plan survives first contact.

In this article, I will explore my experience in Afghanistan and draw out some key lessons for organisations navigating the uncertain fields of change, this includes:

  • The use of fluid strategies and contingency plans
  • Key principles of improvisation for change leaders
  • Strategies for coping under immense pressure

 

 

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