“The enemy based is destroyed. It’s all gone.” WHAT? I was completely shocked! All I had asked the operations officer (the person on operating one of two computers) was the simple question, what’s going on over here? Apparently, he took things into his own hands. This leader responsible for the army had taken and acted on the sage advice from a Marines Corp veteran-turned entrepreneur. “One way to gain the majority resources is to just rid yourself of the competition.”
That might sound a little extreme, but given the fact that no one seemed to know what was happening on the ground, the operations leader did what he thought best and the most expedient. Instead of running around to one emergency after another, go for the heart. It worked. Big time.
Technically the leader disobeyed his original orders, that being to capture special resources. Yet, the opportunity existed and he took it. Given the complexity of the mission, this course of action happened to be the least path of resistance. And why not take the chance? In fact, the language provided by The Commander didn’t dissuade this course of action. The fact is this leader on-the-ground saw an opportunity that was aligned to the overall purpose of the mission. He went for it and was successful. The irony is nobody knew! How could we? We were all focused on the sounds and lights of the tactical battle and ignored the larger picture. Very much like the “noise” of daily activities. Talk about a lesson in everyday focus…
I called the simulation off. Many people looked surprised. Why now? Wasn’t the navy blasting away at the British? Weren’t we making some progress?
I called out: Hey Commander! did you win? His response was a compilation of dead-air, “ummms” and “ahhhs.” The Commander, like most in the room, had no clue to why the simulation ended. With no direct answer or explanation from anyone of what happened, I decided to answer my query: Yes, you did! Except you didn’t capture the gold per the mission…Your army did the opposite and wrecked the opponents base. You won by default. Congratulations.
Look at the opportunity for hiring managers. Corporate scouts would not necessarily focus on the Commander during this Combine simulation, but rather the tactical leader who took the initiative. They saw a go-getter, a hard-charger who can be counted on to accomplish the mission despite the confusion on the ground. This is the type potential new hire that starts bidding wars!