Connected Soldiers

Life, Leadership, and Social Connections in Modern War

John Spencer

In Connected Soldiers John Spencer delivers lessons about how to build teams in a way that overcomes the distractions of home and the outside world, without reducing the benefits gained from connections to family.
Publication date:
May 2022
Publisher :
Potomac Books, Inc.
Language:
English
Format Available     Quantity Price
Paperback
ISBN : 9781640125124

Dimensions : 225 X 152 mm
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£18.99

Overview
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• Provide insightful observations and analysis of how daily interactions with family and friends back home detracted from cohesion, team building, and stress coping
• Explains how the author adapted his leadership methods to compensate for these distractions, methods that can be used in the military and civilian world alike

John Spencer was a new second lieutenant in 2003 when he parachuted into Iraq leading a platoon of infantry soldiers into battle. During that combat tour, he learned how important unit cohesion was to surviving a war, both physically and mentally. He observed that this cohesion developed as the soldiers experienced the horrors of combat as a group, spending their downtime together and processing their shared experiences.

When Spencer returned to Iraq five years later to take command of a troubled company, he found that his lessons on how to build unit cohesion were no longer as applicable. Rather than bonding and processing trauma as a group, soldiers now spent their downtime separately, on computers communicating with family back home. Spencer came to see the internet as a threat to unit cohesion, but when he returned home and his wife was deployed, the internet connected him and his children to his wife on a daily basis.

In Connected Soldiers Spencer delivers lessons learned about effective methods for building teams in a way that overcomes the distractions of home and the outside world, without reducing the benefits gained from connections to family.