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Marines won’t do that- Split-second Decision Making


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Sometimes you will face some really challenging circumstances. You may find yourself in the midst of situations that warrant immediate action, lest the outcome may be detrimental. Please read through these slides to find some ways to whet your ability of quick decision making- split second decision making. You can never forget about who you actually want to be. Some decisions you make at some points in life may drive you away from that fact. Please go through these slides and let me know your opinion about it.

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Marines won’t do that- Split-second Decision Making

  1. 1. Marines won’t Do that Mastering the Split-SecondDecision-Making
  2. 2. The Marines Won’t Do that
  3. 3. Here’s another three-second negotiation. If you’re looking for something cheerful, though, maybe you should read it some other time.
  4. 4. Lessons for Life It’s a troubling story and far from most people’s experience. Nevertheless, it offers powerful life lessons
  5. 5. Story of a Commando in Afghanistan Imagine that you’re a British Marine commando in Afghanistan. Your unit comes across an insurgent, badly wounded but unarmed.
  6. 6. Shuffle this mortal coil One of your fellow soldiers, seething with rage, points his pistol at him and is poised to shoot. “Shuffle off this mortal coil,” he says. “It’s nothing you wouldn’t do to us
  7. 7. You have mere seconds to act. You’re not close enough to restrain him. What would you say?
  8. 8. What would you say?
  9. 9. Fraction of a minute If you weighed your options for more than an instant, time’s up. It’s too late. As it was for the others at the scene.
  10. 10. At close range Before they could act or speak, the angry soldier shot the defenseless captive at close range, then turned to his fellow commandos and said, “Obviously this doesn’t go anywhere, fellas. I just broke the Geneva Convention
  11. 11. The Grainy Picture But word did get out in the following days. The whole incident had been videoed by helmet cameras. (The grainy picture posted here is from that film.)
  12. 12. The Soldier was convicted The soldier was recently found guilty of murder, the first such conviction in Britain since World War II.
  13. 13. Cold Blooded Murder Handing down a life sentence, the judge said, “You treated that Afghan man with contempt and murdered him in cold blood.
  14. 14. Betraying fellow personnel By doing so you have betrayed your corps . . . [and] potentially increased the risk of revenge attacks against your fellow service personnel.
  15. 15. Dilemma It was a tragedy all the way around. For the victim, most certainly. Also for the convicted soldier who had an otherwise unblemished service record.
  16. 16. To Prevent a killing And likewise for the troops who witnessed the killing and anguish over what they might have done to prevent it.
  17. 17. Marines don’t do that There is no simple answer that would guarantee a different outcome, but some military experts believe that the murder might have been prevented if just one other person in that unit had the presence of mind to say four words: “Marines don’t do that.”
  18. 18. Command or state? Replay that short sentence in your head as if it were directed to you. Note that it does not include the words stop, order, or wrong.
  19. 19. Person- His action That omission makes the statement all the stronger. Its aim is to put the spotlight on the person, not the act.
  20. 20. Remember who you are “Marines” is the most important word. It comes first and works on two levels. It tells the soldier, Remember who you are.
  21. 21. You are not alone Don’t renounce your identity.” Uttered by a fellow marine, it also says, “Your brothers are here with you
  22. 22. Saying too much You may think I’m reading too much meaning into that sentence.
  23. 23. The incident analysed When I came across an analysis of the incident by an ethicist, Paul Valley, I forwarded it to a former student of mine, Major David Dixon, recently retired from the US Marine Corps.
  24. 24. Quoting David kindly gave me permission to quote his reply:
  25. 25. Ethical Decisions “Wow, this is extremely apropos. A few months ago I spoke at the University of Washington about how the Marine Corps teaches ethical decision making in situations exactly like this. . ..
  26. 26. Marines don’t do that This is exactly what we teach: ‘Marines don't do that.’ Verbatim, it is in my PowerPoint slides.
  27. 27. Train the Personnel According to David, every US Marine received this training in 2012, from senior personnel to the most the most junior enlisted troops.
  28. 28. Expression of Values It’s more than a technique or a tactic. Instead it’s an expression of a deep sense of values and responsibilities
  29. 29. Poise, Presence & Moral courage David says that U.S. Marines are taught poise, presence, and moral courage from Day 1 in the service.
  30. 30. Motivate your Colleague If the Marine next to you is falling asleep in class, you must have the moral courage to wake him up and motivate him to stay awake.
  31. 31. Left; You and your right If you are caught sleeping in class at boot camp, not only do you get in trouble for laziness, but the Marine to your left and to your right get in trouble for lack of moral courage b/c they should have corrected you when you were in the wrong
  32. 32. Persuade to do the right Now let’s take a big leap to see how the same principles apply if you need to persuade someone else to do the right thing.
  33. 33. A fair treatment Perhaps you want another party to treat you fairly, even though they know you’re in a weak bargaining position.
  34. 34. Moral Courage Or you might see a colleague about to trip up by padding his expense account. Don’t look away. Have moral courage yourself
  35. 35. Better side of one’s nature Step one is summoning the better side of the other person’s nature.
  36. 36. Comfortable in your plan That doesn’t require sermonizing. Instead you might merely ask, “Would you be comfortable in telling your children what you’re planning to do?”
  37. 37. Ethical Boundaries Start with the fundamental matter of character. After that—if you have more than three seconds— you can debate specific ethical boundaries.
  38. 38. Friends who’ll Challenge you Most important of all, of course, is having friends ourselves who will have the courage to challenge us if we seem to have lost sight of who we aspire to be.
  39. 39. Never Lose sight of who you aspire to be
  40. 40. Hope you’ve enjoyed these narrative slides. May I believe that you got one valid point in making a split second decision?
  41. 41. THANK YOU Harvard Business School Professor Michael Wheeler is the author of The Art of Negotiation: How to Improvise Agreement in a Chaotic World