Do you have financial investments? If you do you might have noticed something called Quarterly and Annual reports. These reports are required by the SEC and provide information to stakeholders on progress of various KPIs as well as updates on the way ahead for the company. These reports are published on the company's website and all shareholders are notified when they are released. The intent of these documents is to demonstrate how company leadership are effectively using their resources to return profits back to shareholders.
My question is why in the military we don't do this? We do a really great job of letting our higher headquarters know how well our unit is performing. In weekly training meetings we update them on every training stat imaginable. In Quarterly Training Briefs we share our plans for awesome Gunneries or FTXs that will build towards METL proficiency. But the problem is the majority of our messaging is just going upward. Sure we might publish OPORDs that provide these details, but only a small fraction of the population actually sees that document.
Why not schedule a quarterly update to brief your Soldiers? It doesn't have to be a big to do with conference rooms blocked off and endless PowerPoint slides. The Military Leader posted an article some time back about making your close out briefs more interesting . Instead of giving the standard close out safety speech, why not take 15 minutes to remind your Soldiers of the progress they have made in the last three months and the way ahead/ major events in the next quarter. Make it a part of a Pay Day Activities early close out so that it becomes a battle rhythm event. Though they may already getting snip its of this from your subordinate leaders in the organization, hearing it come from the leader at the top will be much more powerful.
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