AMRDEC cites internal communication teamwork
May 11, 2012
By MERV BROKKE
We do it every day, we do it verbally and nonverbally, we do it after great thought and oftentimes without thinking, and, according to Field Manual 6-22, Army Leadership, "Leaders cannot lead, supervise, build teams, counsel, coach, or mentor without the ability to communicate clearly."
So, with that in mind, Eric Edwards, director of the Aviation and Missile Research Development and Engineering Center, stood up the AMRDEC Internal Communication Team and charted its members to seek out new, better and different ways to communicate; to canvas the work force for their complaints and suggestions; and to then make recommendations to AMRDEC board of directors as to how they could improve communication throughout the center.
Tisha Guidry, program integration specialist, was nominated by her director to serve on the ICT and soon found herself as the team lead.
"It was exciting to lead a project that could directly impact the decision-making of AMRDEC leadership," Guidry said.
In all, there were 14 members on the AMRDEC ICT, with representation from all the AMRDEC directorates from California, Alabama and Virginia and they were given two months to accomplish their mission.
Ryan Keith, support contractor to AMRDEC Strategic Plans and Communication Division, was impressed with how his fellow ICT teammates attacked their mission.
"The team did an amazing amount of research for such a short time," Keith said. "Data was collected through surveys, interviews, observation and case studies. While recommendations tended to focus on the low hanging fruit, the team laid the foundation for future improvements."
In February, Guidry briefed the AMRDEC board of directors on her team's findings and recommendations.
"The BOD was appreciative of the effort our team put forth," she said. "They respected our findings and constructive criticism. We have already seen changes taking place and many of the team members look forward to the possibility of working on future communication projects."
Edwards has recognized each member of the AMRDEC ICT and thanked them for their support of the AMRDEC leadership and their contribution to improving communication for the work force.
Members of the AMRDEC ICT included Jill Rich, Aviation Applied Technology Directorate, Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Va.; John Braswell, System Simulation and Development Directorate; Susan Flaherty, Aeroflightdynamics Directorate, Moffett Field, Calif.; Tisha Guidry, Advanced Science and Technology Directorate; Brennon Meals, Software Engineering Directorate; Amanda Parkinson, Aviation Engineering Directorate; John Pace, Aviation Engineering Directorate; Gala Hory, Technical Management Directorate; Valarie James, Technical Management Directorate; Amanda Compton, Weapons Development and Integration Directorate; Mike Wilson, Weapons Development and Integration Directorate; Ben Martin, Engineering Directorate; Martin Heimbeck, Weapons Sciences Directorate; Gabrielle Kelly, Center Support Directorate; and Ryan Keith, Center Support Directorate.