Responses Unit





Theidea of to offering deliberate and systematic team building trainingin the military is well thought and commendable. The fact that themilitary works in teams such as battalions, infantries, and platoonsshows that the military can benefit very much from such training.However, these teams are managed and led by a leadership structurewhere team members follow orders from team leaders without question.The student is also aware that the issue is complex than it would bewhen dealing with business organizations. In the case of themilitary, there is the issue of authority and how to penetrate anddismantle or reorganize commander leadership structure to infuse ateam working spirit. Brooks (2008, p.68) says that most scholars areconvinced that transformational and participative leadership arebetter suited to working in teams as opposed to thecommander/authoritarian and laissezfairezapproach to leadership. He also adds that the command leadershipapproach only works well in managing amateur teams but not teams ofexperienced individuals. I would be very much interested in learninghow the student will overcome this challenge of commander leadershipsynonymous with the military to make team building acceptable.


Thestudent is very confident in his time management capabilities andself organization. It is very surprising to note that the student hasbeen good at time management since childhood. Most books and articleson time management and self improvement claim that one can learn howto be a good manager of his time. Schermerhorn(2011, p.185) notes that one can learn to be well organized bycreating schedules and agenda for available time. Dodd and Sundheim(2011, p.ii) also agree on that and add that tasks should be assigneda level of priority. This allows one the chance to accomplish highpriority tasks and possibly drop some low priority tasks if timesruns out or in case of unplanned for developments. I would love toknow how the student handles unexpected developments. Additionally,he describes time management as “gift that I have always had sincechildhood” which gets me into thinking whether time management isinborn or gained. Does this spell doom to those who were not bornwith this gift?


Brooks,S. (2008). Buildingthe team: reducing costs and increasing employee performance by

buildinga team using military principles.New York: iUniverse

Dodd,P. &amp Sundheim, D. (2011). The25 best time management tools and techniques: how to get

moredone.NewYork: John Wiley &amp Sons

Schermerhorn,J. (2011). Introductionto management.New York: John Wiley &amp Sons