Normandy: D-Day

The Normandy Invasion, and D-Day specifically, is a rich and stimulating source of leadership insight relevant to the challenges (and opportunities) of the current global business environment. Planning, organization, communication, teamwork and initiative amidst profound and increasingly rapid changes in circumstance are as critical now to effective execution as they were in 1944.

Throughout the Normandy Leadership Experience we examine key strategic objectives and the tactical events that accompanied them, and we focus on the role that leadership played in effective implementation, or the lack thereof.  We also reflect upon the relevance of these timeless lessons and how each relates to contemporary leadership initiatives in participants’ current roles. Hallmarks of effective leadership and decision-making are explored in the context of the D-Day operations.


Who Should Attend

The leadership training principles and concepts presented through the Normandy Leadership Training Experience can be tailored to meet the needs of the highest level senior leaders to the less-experienced yet rising leaders within an organization.  The Normandy Leadership Training Experience program offers universal leadership themes upon which any leader will find beneficial to his or her career growth and/or organizational aspirations.  However, this being said, the Normandy Leadership Training Experience will be highly beneficial for leaders of large, complex and multi-national or multi-cultural organizations experiencing tremendous change, and/or professionals who are charged with leading team(s) of the same nature.

Leadership Elements Explored

Although the potential for relevant take-aways during and after the battlefield experience is virtually boundless, our intent is that each participant leaves with an understanding of the importance of the following in much more detail than when they arrive:

  • Team and coalition building
  • The implications of leader development and succession planning/readiness, both in battle and in the workplace
  • Rising to the challenges of ambiguity and uncertainty
  • The knowledge, skill, and abilities required for leaders today and tomorrow to navigate through periods of tremendous change and uncertainty
  • Communicating a vision that permeates the organization
  • Creating an organizational structure which encourages the communication of values/vision/goals. Ensuring that direct reports understand one’s vision/values/ priorities
  • Orchestrating and coordinating efforts across cultures, languages, geography, and “territorial sovereignty”
  • Developing and using critical and creative thinking
  • The impact of “the fog of war” on local (and global) operations
  • The selection and development of emerging leaders who will help achieve lofty goals
  • Developing an organization in which leaders feel authorized to take initiative and innovate in the face of unexpected outcomes or obstacles
  • The readiness of leaders in an organization who feel encouraged and equipped to guide their people through perplexing challenges
  • The mandate for preparing leaders with the skills needed to achieve goals and overcome the challenges of the unexpected

Benefits of Programs

Through our exploration of the battle, participants of the Normandy Leadership Training Experience will take away a number of benefits. Rich in character-based leadership, this leadership lesson from history provides participants further insights into:

  • The role of the leaders in shaping the future
  • Building and sustaining teams
  • Managing processes
  • Nurturing learning
  • Managing order through chaos
  • Effectively communicating and understanding intent, setting clear direction and expectations, and achieving organizational alignment