Category Archives: September-October 2013

Apt Slogans for Acquisition in Austere Times


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Author: Roy L. Wood, Ph.D.

Oft-quoted slogans can sometimes capture nuggets of wisdom that actually are helpful in informing our decisions in extraordinary times like these. Some slogans serve as heuristics and some to describe behaviors—good and bad. Most are comfortingly familiar.

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DAU Wins Prism Award for Coaching Excellence From the International Coach Federation


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On June 6, 2013, the International Coach Federation (Metro D.C. Chartered Chapter) presented the highly respected ICF Prism Award to the Defense Acquisition University (DAU) for its executive coaching program. The award, a crystal prism, was accepted at a ceremony at George Mason University by DAU officials responsible for leadership of DAU’s program and the training of DAU coaches. The presentation was made during the 10th annual International Coach Federation Metro D.C. Chapter Capital Coaches Conference.

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Realizing Your Extraordinary Future Through Executive Coaching


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Author: Lois M. Harper

By definition, the future can be a rather abstract term. While viewed as an indefinite time after the present, its arrival is inevitable. In fact, acquisition leaders in the Department of Defense (DoD) know firsthand how much their success depends on the future and plan ahead, accordingly. However, do they really think far enough forward and can they imagine thinking beyond their own possibilities? In the face of what seem to be overwhelming constraints, it is very easy to default to short-term thinking when “the predictable” includes reductions in funding, technology obstacles, and changes in user requirements.

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DAU Consulting Might Be the Right Enabler To Improve Your Acquisition Outcomes


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Authors: Karon Curry, Rob Tremaine, Tom VandenBerg, and Duane Mallicoat

What is DAU Consulting? Consulting comes in hundreds of forms and there are just as many insightful books on the subject, but consulting has one common purpose: to help organizations achieve their intended objectives by identifying any barriers that could be creating any interference. Understanding the Defense Acquisition University’s consulting process requires a basic understanding of DAU’s consulting origins, which started more than 20 years ago. It took root during DAU’s major transformation with the creation of the Performance Learning Model (PLM).

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