Twenty-three participants from U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command’s Intermediate Leader Development Program (class 2015-2017) participated in four days of training on engagement and innovation in the National Capital Region Sept. 26-29.
ILDP is a TRADOC Civilian Leader Development initiative established in 2014 to cultivate GS-11 through 13s for key leadership positions. The program prepares civilians to take on challenging assignments and become strong, adaptive and innovative leaders.
The first day of training focused on a visit to the Pentagon as well as the offices of TRADOC G-9 (Engagements). Rickey Smith, deputy chief of staff, G-9, led program participants on a tour of the Pentagon, touching on its history, while providing insights on communications and engagement at the strategic level.
“You’ve got to keep things moving when you work in the Pentagon. Eighty-percent solutions are better than delaying actions,” he said.
Later, Bill Moore, assistant deputy chief of staff, G-4 (Logistics), shared insights on career broadening and taking on more challenging assignments.
“Five years is about all you want to spend in any job,” he said. “I highly recommend serving at the Pentagon, but be realistic about your constraints regarding mobility.”
Also on the tour, the Office of Congressional Legislative Liaison and Congressional Budget Liaison Office provided insights on engagements with Congress.
“I loved the interaction with the SESs [Senior Executive Service] and the tour, especially all of the history,” said ILDP participant Michele Wolfe, TRADOC Analysis Center, Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.
The program participants then spent two days receiving training on “Driving Innovation in Government” from the Partnership for Public Service, a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization focused on improving the federal government. The organization’s approach to innovation is based on lessons learned from industry leaders like Apple, IKEA and Southwest Airlines. The trainers encouraged participants to think broader, look at the details (think smaller), and think younger.
Upon arrival at the nonprofit, program participants walked into a classroom that looked like kindergarten. Colored pens, pipe cleaners, multicolored stickers, strings, crayons and scissors were among the tools participants used collaboratively to work through complex problems.
“I thought the training provided great ideas on innovation from the private sector,” said ILDP participant Jeannie Hastedt, Training Accreditation Program specialist, Fort Eustis.
The ILDP offers four training opportunities, like this engagement and innovation session, to program participants. Training is aligned to address the Executive Core Competencies, and participants also receive broadening opportunities through two 90-day developmental assignments.
The next application period will open in March 2017. For more information about applying for the program, email Stephanie Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or Kevin Willis at email@example.com.
Pictured above: U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command Intermediate Leader Development Program participant Jeannie Hastedt, Training Accreditation Program Specialist, Fort Eustis, Virginia, back briefs the group on outcomes from her team’s applied application of learned innovation principles.