New top leadership in the Honor Guard can take simple changes and incorporate them slowly not to disrupt the overall mission of the Honor Guard. They do not need a major change right away because the overall effect and the cultural change can make a dramatic difference while at MFH. Top leadership should take every comment and concern of the Ceremonial Guardsmen into consideration because they are the ones doing the mission every day to help build a bigger and better OD process and to build a consisting framework of values, behavioral norms, attitudes and expectations . When a new top leadership team is built they can inspire and build interventions that include clarifying, summarizing, synthesizing, generalizing, probing, questioning, listening, reflecting feelings, providing support, coaching, counseling, modeling, setting the agenda, feeding back observations, and providing structural suggestions (Brown, 2011, pg. 200). Each and every step that the Honor Guard team can take is a step in a better direction that can lead to a better OD practice within the organization.
AIR FORCE BASE HONOR GUARD: AN O.D. INTERVENTION 8 Even if a step is ineffective in the organization it can be considered a learning tool. If the Honor Guard chose to build in a strategic movement or process that took two weeks to incorporate and it turns out that the process that they took the time to build failed, it can still be considered a learning process. They can take that idea, find out why it failed and even build a better process and kept the failed one in historical files so they do not go down the same path. Teams can learn from everything. They can learn for processes that have succeeded and they can learned from failed processes. The team concept for the Fighter Wing Honor Guard is imperative for MFH and the rest of the mission to run smoothly and effectively. The team concept is built around each and every member of a MFH and each and every member has a particular role. Not one member does the same exact thing so at every detail so they can learn the full extent of the procedures and processes that the full MFH process has. “A team is a group of individuals with complementary skills who depend upon one another to accomplish a common purpose or set of performance goals for which they hold themselves mutually accountable” (Brown, 2011, pg. 261) With over 21 different roles on the team at MFH’s it is imperative for the team to act as one cohesive unit. According to Brown (2011) many management theorists think that this is the wave of the future. (pg. 262) This is all done with the help of OD and the need for cohesive and unified team to be developed. The team concept work with the entire organization of 45 Ceremonial Guardsmen. Amongst those 45 there is three flights that break down further in to MFH team of three of seven depending on the deceases is a veteran or a retire. Veterans serve typically two to 15 years and
AIR FORCE BASE HONOR GUARD: AN O.D. INTERVENTION 9 retires, retire from the military. Those team have to be on point with each other, trust each other
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