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Douglas SatterfieldMy name is Douglas Satterfield and I live with my wife Nancy in Southern New Jersey.  My experience in Senior Executive Leadership has been fascinating.  As I travel about, people ask me to discuss the topic and those many conversations have helped develop deeper friendships.  This blog is a capture of both those discussions and new leadership discoveries.

I am recently retired from the U.S. Army.  In my last “flag” position, I serve in a dual capacity as the Deputy Commanding General for a Theater Engineer Command composed of 12,000 Soldiers and civilians, and as the Chief of Staff Engineer for a U.S. Field Army.

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  1. Matt Young

    Mr. Satterfield,

    I recently read your post dated April 28, 2014 titled “Pre-WWII Americans: Flabby, Pacifist, Cynical”. Three quotes struck me and I was hoping that you might be able to direct me to primary sources for them.

    A Gallup poll in October 1940 found American youth as “a flabby, pacifistic, yellow, cynical, discouraged, and leftist lot.” – I have contacted Gallup directly about this report, but if you have access or a link to a copy, it would be highly appreciated.

    A social scientist at the time, said that “to make a soldier out of the average free American citizen is not unlike domesticating a very wild species of animal.” – Do you know which social scientist and did he publish or otherwise directly report this information?

    [Y]oung Americans were a “disappointing group, hardly capable of waging war effectively with a battle-hardened enemy.” – Again, this quote isn’t attributed to a source in your article, so I’m unable to corroborate the quote.
    Thank you for your attention to these questions and I look forward to your answers.

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    1. Douglas Satterfield

      Matt: The quotes all come from Army at Dawn: The War in North Africa by Rick Atkinson. I believe that they are from the first couple of chapters (my book was donated when I moved from Brooklyn, NY so I no longer have it to double check). I highly recommend Atkinson’s series of books on WWII as they are a good source on “how it was” both on the homefront and on the frontline of combat. Thanks.
      Doug

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  2. Daniel

    Hello Mr Satterfield,

    my name is Daniel and I find your blogs very useful. Thank you for your publications and the insight.
    I myself formulated a few leadership guides regarding micromanagment, also on how different Squad structures support a micromanaging leader.
    Once I spoke to a former company sergeant about this subject and he verified to me that there is micromanagment even down
    to the individual and he himself was once a micromanaging fireteamleader.
    unfortunately most people that i meet with military background deny this and determine its existence at platoon level and above.
    My goal is to go deeper into this subject and to find evidence to improve my environment.
    My environment is a military simulation which is played on pc.

    My question to you is where I can find literature or which of those suggested ones are about the subject of factors of
    micromanagment within the platoon, squad and how squad structures resulted because of certain conclusions.

    I thank you for your attention.

    best regards

    Daniel

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    1. Douglas Satterfield

      Daniel:
      Micromanagement does, of course, occur in the military. It is a threat to good leadership and the vast majority of leaders I know are careful to avoid it. I know few who would deny its existence. Usually leaders improve with experience and good coaching/mentoring by more senior leaders. However, we should not deny that micromanagement in the military can occur at any level, not just at the platoon level. For example, the most egregious micromanagement event in my lifetime was U.S. President Johnson’s administration detailed management of the Vietnam War. I wish that I could point to specific literature on the subject but I’m unaware of any specific writings on the subject. I did a blog entry earlier this year on the topic … a good place to start: http://www.theleadermaker.com/leadership-micromanagement-and-the-military/
      Doug

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