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  •  I find this amazing (11+ / 0-)

    Actual Montgomery improvised brilliantly, but would never admit it.

    It makes no sense to me to not take credit for the improvising as well as the basic plan.

    My work is 60% planning and 40% improvising because in the computer world nothing really works the way the documentation says it does.

    Living in Realworldia means a lot of improvising.

    Thanks for this great introduction to this topic. I suspect it will be easier for us to talk about someone elses frames than our own ;-)

    Good morning and huuuuuuuugs and stuff.

    Much of life is knowing what to Google

    by JanF on Thu May 20, 2010 at 05:16:18 AM PDT

    •  Different times back then (10+ / 0-)

      I think the frame for leadership then was command and control and that the leader had the right answers.

      Eisenhower was passed over for a higher command three times before being elevated to Commander ETO. (I read that on the ceiling of my dentist's office).

    •  Montgomery's frame was based in part ... (7+ / 0-)

      ... on his early training and experience in World War I, on what he'd taught at British staff colleges between the wars, and what he'd seen in the early years of World War II. He seems to have believed, perhaps rightly, that the average British junior officer or non-commissioned officer didn't adapt well to fluid situations. When the British faced fluid situations in 1940-1942, their opponents ran rings around them (Dunkirk, Rommel's victories in North Africa, Japanese advances in Malaysia and Burma).

      From that Montgomery seems to have concluded that an effective military leader must have a simple plan, build up overwhelming force, then execute the master plan with unswerving resolve. If a leader tried to improvise - "groping about" in Montgomery's words - he was "dancing to the enemy's tune." Junior officers and NCOs would get confused, start to doubt their senior commander, and the result would inevitably be another Dunkirk.

      His to-our-eyes absurd frame had a rational basis, but it didn't fit events as they occurred in the summer of 1944. Rather than revising his frame, he revised the events to fit it.

      Good morning! ::hugggggs::

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