Military command performance is not based on discipline.
It is often believed, in the general conception, that military performance comes from the fact that everyone executes orders, without question, with speed and fear of hierarchy. This is not true.
I believe that discipline is a fluidizer that, in the moment, allows a quick reaction. Orders have a source and are broken down by a hierarchy.
This operation is adapted to critical situations.
Having responsibility for several people in my activity as a reserve officer, I wish to combat the preconceived idea that, in a military organisation, orders are blindly applied by the troops.
Army reservists are young individuals, born in the information society, with a strong personality, free thinking and ambition. Getting them to implement a plan, in which their lives may be at stake, requires more commitment than discipline. It takes a mixture of legitimacy of leadership, group cohesion, but also a collective understanding of the plan, so that orders are applied with conviction and speed.
This is a great leadership lesson learned in the Army. Even with the most robust hierarchical structure, troop buy-in, a collective understanding of the spirit of the mission, and delegation from one leader to several subordinates are essential to success. The success of a leader depends far less on authority than is commonly believed.
For those who want to delve deeper into the subject, I recommend EXTREME OWNERSHIP , by Leif Babin and Jocko Willink
The consumer (content) society
I have noticed that my entourage and myself have a recurring reflection on how to consume web content, especially via social networks.
Our production processes, within our usual (capitalist) framework, tend to standardise and process everything. It is the same with the content published on social networks.
When I see the content that people accept to consume on social networks, I have the feeling that this is an industrial consumption pattern as it has been decried in the agri-food sector over the last 5-10 years. Many pages produce content in large quantities, from pre-purchased formats / templates, programmed and published in an automated way.
We can then see today on Instagram or Facebook, pages that publish poor quality photo or video content, in large quantities, with a fairly good return in terms of commitment, despite the little creativity and means used to produce them.
Personally, I have the ambition to take a responsible approach to my consumption of content. In the same way that the body (and the planet) is negatively affected by industrial food production; I think it is bad for the mind to consume this "junk content”. Less content, less time spent on the newswire and more interest and attention for quality content producers who put their hearts into what they publish.