What Can Blended Learning Mean For Defense And Industry?

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What is the singular point of similarity between defense and business enterprises? Both would like to be seen or considered as the “employer of choice”. Therefore, the uniformity of challenges across defense and organization(s) is what strikes you. Challenge, commitment, dedication, talent, vision, mission, strategy and a list of adjectives, attributes and qualities come to mind when the word defense pops up. “Work to support, motivate and make sure we enable you to commit fully to develop your talents…”. Does this not sound like words used in the context of a business? You will be surprised to note that these are the expressions made by a defense person to kick-start a session, portions of which have been used in this blog post to share insights purely related to learning and development.

Last year, Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg, responsible for the ‘Lean in’ phenomenon, in her talk engagement with defense personnel, makes a case for the compelling need for women to assume leadership roles in every walk of life. She intersperses her session with dollops of experience-based perspectives, revolving around 3 key elements – performance,  likeability, and responsibility, when it comes to the diversity stance that she has chosen to expound to YouTube clip watchers. Having said that, what can a private industry offer to a government-owned establishment? What are the parallels that can be drawn between the two? Blended learning – that is what is possible by comparing the two dissimilarly alike entities so as to get a complete view on how people, process, and performance can converge. The demands of the defense force are more complex than one can even perceive. Not only does every individual matter, but the functions typically revolve around strategy and outcome. Sounds in sync with the world of business? Both are accountable to stakeholders. Every action – be it for an organization or defense – has a direct or indirect impact on people and implications on the environment.

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5 Similarities between Defense and Industry:
  • Complex roles and functions
  • Objective is to make the most of potential
  • Constantly training and developing to be prepared for any circumstances
  • Diversity mix – the need for women to take up leadership positions “as diverse teams take better decisions”
  • Top-down approach or a bottoms-up – lean and mean or flat and effective structures?

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