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I want to use this opportunity to discuss two things both near and dear to my heart The United States Marine Corps and Management Throughout this paper I want to focus on how I think civilians can learn to be better managers by using what that corps has established over its illustrious 223 years as the Best Management-Training Program in America Inc Freedman The United States Marine Corps manages using a principle I learned in this course Decentralization Let me break this down I learned it quite simply as the rule of three But before I define this I will briefly explain to you a small portion of the Marine rank structure A Corporal is the first rank that an enlisted Marine is considered a leader due to hisher rank though all Marines are trained to lead The Corporal is the first of the Marine Non-commissioned Officers NCOS then in ascending order is the Sergeant Staff Sergeant Gunnery Sergeant and so on Now back to the rule of three Each Marine has three responsibilities In our organizational structure a Corporal has a three-person fire team a Sergeant has a squad of three fire teams and a Staff Sergeant has a platoon of three squads and so on up to the Colonels and Generals For the typical business decentralizing and flattening organizational structure involves gutting several layers of management often leaving managers overwhelmed with as many as a dozen direct subordinates Freedman In contrast the Marine Corps has been able to push out authority but still maintain a simple hierarchical structure designed to keep everyones job manageable Freedman What at first glance may seem rigid or narrow the many layers between the Private and Colonel lend opportunity for innovation At the same time even the lowest ranking Marine the Private knows that he or she is expected to do whatever it takes to accomplish the mission An organization civilian
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