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Building Relationships: Lessons from Eisenhower & D-Day
March 21 @ 8:00 am - 9:30 amFree
The class on March 21st is part of the Leadership Series: Building Relationships: Lessons from Eisenhower & D-Day. This was rescheduled from March 14th, due to the inclement weather. The series on Eleanor Roosevelt will be rescheduled for sometime in April or May.
Dwight D. Eisenhower faced a daunting assignment when given command over the Allied forces for the D-Day landings in World War II. His team would be made up of experienced commanders (all with more combat experience than Ike) from various military services (navy, army, air force) and from several nations.
Each nation had its own priorities for recapturing European soil from the Germans, and each military service had its own working style. The commanders, used to running their own operations, brought towering egos and strong personalities to the new Allied team. How would Ike ever reach consensus on issues, much less forge a working team for this complex operation?
We succeed only as we identify in life, or in war, or in anything else, a single overriding objective, and make all other considerations bend to that one objective.
Dwight D. Eisenhower
1. Build relationships by showing appreciation for people’s talents and contributions to the organization’s goals
2. Differentiate organizational goals from personal goals
3. Learn to work with “difficult” people
4. Build consensus using listening skills, objective analysis, and respect for others
5. Recognize organizational politics and ways to work through them to advance the mission of the organization