US Army Future Search LO7601

Tobin Quereau (
Thu, 23 May 1996 21:01:26 -0500 (CDT)

Since we have discussed future search conferencing as a method of
organizational learning from time to time on the list, I asked Harry
Christiansen for permission to repost this brief after-action report he
sent to the SEARCH list. Harry is also interested in learning
organizations, and will likely be joining us on the list soon.

He can be reached for further information at the email address below.

[Host's Note: I've attached info about the SEARCH list at the bottom.

---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Thu, 16 May 1996 19:17:15 -0400
From: Harry Christiansen <christia@TEAMINFINITY.COM>
To: Multiple recipients of list SEARCH <SEARCH@GWUVM.GWU.EDU>
Subject: US Army Future Search

The US Army conducted Character Development XXI (CD XXI) Future Search
Workshop, May 8-10, 1996, Atlanta, GA. Followed Weisbord/Janoff model
outlined in book Future Search.

Stakeholders: 67 stakeholders representing Academia, retired officers,
Air Force, Navy, Army education and training, Army HQ Staff, Army
Secretariat, Major Subordinate Commands, and others.

Task: Create a strategic framework to sustain an environment that
motivates soldiers and [Army] civilians to reason and act in a manner
consistent with enduring Army values.

Products: Five strategic goals with supporting objectives. The goals w/o
detail of objectives are:
1. Define Enduring Army Values. (We have these....want to ensure
still valid and accepted by all.)
2. Integrate Character Development policy, assessment, training,
education and marketing initiatives into current Army programs and systems.
3. Develop and implement Character Development training and education
to produce leaders of character for America's Army, which will be:
- Unit-focused, school supported, and self-development augmented.
- Sequential and progressive.
- Include opportunities for practice, feedback, and remediation.
4. A chain of command that is totally committed, personally involved,
and accountable to provide ethical, values-based, role models and
environments for soldiers and civilians.
5. Design a mechanism to measure effectiveness of Character
Development process across life cycle of individual and across all levels of

After Action Review: The process worked. Stakeholders excited about
process and committed to follow thru.
1. Took 2.5 hours for Task IV at Common Ground Wall for whole group to
agree on "what we want." I provided instructions for task and stayed out of
the way. Stakeholders did the work of formulating "what we want." The good
part is once whole group agreed on what they wanted, there was no doubt that
the goals were the right ones.
2. Remaining time allowed 2 hours for Task V. Stakeholders
self-selected the goal they wanted to work on.
3. Added Worksheet 13--Closure. Asked mixed groups to discuss and
report on: 1) What happened at workshop? 2) Why did it happen? and 3)
What could of been done differently?
4. Sponsor interested in applying Future Search process for other Army
strategic level projects.

Next Step: Flesh out supporting objectives and write plan with expected
implementation Summer 1997...this allows for resource allocation.

Thanks. I'm grateful to Tobin Quereau, M J Arul, Marv Weisbord, Sandra
Janoff, and Rita Schweitz for insightful comments and support.

Harry Christiansen

[Host's Note: Tobin mentions the SEARCH list, about Future Search methods.
Here is the (skeletal) information about the SEARCH list... It uses the
LISTSERV software, so it's operation is a little different from our
(Majordomo) list. For how-to info send the msg HELP to
<> or see one of the internet books.

>From LISTSERV@gwuvm.gwu.eduSat May 25 10:22:38 1996
Date: Sat, 25 May 1996 10:14:53 -0400
From: "L-Soft list server at GWUVM (1.8b)" <>
To: rkarash@KARASH.COM
Subject: Information about the SEARCH list

There is no information file for the SEARCH list. Here is a copy of the
list "header", which usually contains a short description of the purpose
of the list, although its main purpose is to define various list
configuration options, also called "keywords". If you have any question
about the SEARCH list, write to the list owners at the generic address:


* World-Wide Discussion of Future Search Technologies
* Review= Public
* Subscription= Open
* Send= Public
* Notify= No
* Reply-to= List,Respect
* Files= Yes
* Owner= lgraff@GWIS2.CIRC.GWU.EDU Lois Graff

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Tobin Quereau

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