- Get the really big ideas right.
- Educate – and if necessary, sell -- your subordinates on those ideas. Ensure everyone shares a common command vision.
- Execute them (the big ideas) together. Once everyone is on the same sheet of music, the next step is to work together as a team to put those big ideas into action.
- Then, identify lessons learned and best practices to improve the whole process. You have to feed them back in to refine the big ideas -- which then have to be transmitted to the subordinate leaders to change the way you are executing.
Commander, U.S. Central Command