No, not the kind you’re thinking of. In the late 1980s, Boyd come up with a list that he originally called “principles of the Blitzkrieg.” It wasn’t long, though, before he renamed it “an organizational climate for operational success.” The climate consists of:
- Mutual trust, unity, cohesion (Ger. Einheit)
- Intuitive competence (Fingerspitzengefühl)
- Mission “command & control’ (Auftragstaktik; Boyd preferred “leadership & appreciation”)
- Focus & direction (Schwerpunkt)
- Mental agility (Behendigkeit)
You can use this climate, or whatever culture you fancy, as a Schwerpunkt: Whenever you’re making choices, try to move in the direction that improves the climate. If anything, obsessing on climate may be more important — in the sense of requiring more of a leader’s resources — in business than in war.
With that in mind, check out the latest LinkedIn post by Hiroshi Mikitani, CEO of Rakuten: The Real Role of Leadership is Climate Control.