Building high-functioning teams to manage large-scale complexity and chaos.
A high-intensity, hands-on program, Intent into Action: Advanced Leadership for the Command and General Staff cultivates proficiency beyond the technical requirements of doctrinal systems, such as the Incident Command System (ICS) or the Australian Inter-service Incident Management System (AIIMS).
The program offers command staff and Incident Management Team members (Australian Level 2 and Level 3) the practical skills and tools to build cohesion, adaptiveness, and resilience during complex incident planning and operations. At this level, the ambiguous, undefined, and dynamic nature of incidents requires a degree of teamwork and integration beyond what is needed for smaller incidents. IMT members need to function as an integrated unit in order to build a common operating picture, plan strategically and conduct effective operations. Salient themes – leadership, teamwork, intent, communication, and operational culture – extend beyond the confines of the incident organization to have a significant effect on co-operators, jurisdictional owners and political-public spheres.
This program picks up where fundamental IMT process courses leave off. It concentrates on integrating leadership and incident management acumen to achieve strategic results in large-scale incidents.
The course focuses on guiding the staff as a highly functional and integrated team that can leverage incident management practices to its best effect:
- Developing ethos and team culture as a professional staff.
- Establishing an effective command climate aligned with a Mission-Driven Culture.
- Developing and maintaining a common operating picture.
- Providing functional integration and resilience.
- Thinking critically and strategically.
- Leading at the team, section and stakeholder level.
- Influencing the political, social, infrastructure, information and economic elements of the operational environment.
- Developing and communicating intent at an incident level.
This 5-day program provides practical experience using ICS or AIIMS structure in the context of a large incident response. Students work in iterative simulations to review, practice and improve the application of doctrinal tools along with leadership skills as appropriate for the staff. They graduate with a portfolio of feedback upon which to base future development activities.
The hands-on character of Intent into Action makes it valuable for both trainees and veteran IMT members to deepen understanding and strengthen effective command behaviours. In addition, its flexible structure allows the accommodation of both individuals and standing teams.