Course_Project_Robert_N_White_V2

Course_Project_Robert_N_White_V2 - Introduction Throughout...

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Introduction Throughout this paper I will discuss the resistance to change that I faced while trying to implement an organizational structure change to the of 3 rd Platoon, Q Troop and the different approaches that I could have taken to reduce the resistance. Though the change was a simple re- alignment that should have went smoothly, my failure to adequate communicate and plan caused issues great enough to prompt my Commander to order my Platoon back to the original structure. This paper will present a detail look at the issues I faced, and an approach towards achieving better results with less resistance. Organization – what is the organization and structure? I am currently assigned to 3 rd Platoon, Q Troop, Regimental Support Squadron, 2 nd Cavalry Regiment in Vilseck, Germany with the United States Army. My Platoon consists of an average number of forty Soldiers. I am directly responsible for their health, and welfare as well as remaining accountable for equipment and its ability to function correctly when needed. I am an officer with the rank of First Lieutenant and am considered a leader for the Platoon I manage. In civilian terms I hold a mid-tier leadership position. I have a Platoon Sergeant who is in essence the second in charge. I report to a Captain who is the Troop Commander and in civilian terms would be my manager or upper-tier supervisor. As I arrived, Q Troop had just returned from a combat deployment to Afghanistan were they had provided Signal Support service to the Regiment. The Platoon were I was assigned was tasked with running Combat Convoy support operations in Afghanistan and performed the duties remarkably well. The leadership with the exception of myself was the same throughout the deployment.
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Executive Summary- high level summary of the paper I will walk through how I planned for the re-alignment change, what change strategy I decided upon and why, the result(s) of the research I did and how it shaped my final change plan. I will conclude with how things turned out. Through this paper the reader should gain an idea on the secondary effects leadership decisions have on organizations and how communication (both good and bad) can impact those effects. Body of Report Assessment/Diagnosis – what was done prior to the planning for change Upon being appointed as the Platoon Leader for 3 rd Platoon, Q Troop I assessed a need to re-align the organization of the Platoon. When I arrived the structure was a thirty- five person Platoon consisting of two teams with two team leaders in each team. Thus, there were thirty- five persons divided amongst the two teams with an average of nine Soldiers per supervisor. The ratio of Soldiers to leaders was too high to be effective and too high to properly manage. Without doing any research I ordered a re-alignment of the Platoon to a three team structure
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