"From overseeing hospitals to responding to IED's, your efforts are critical to our mission in Afghanistan....Every day, you risk your lives to protect the freedom that we hold so dear. As you go about your daily duties, you are bringing opportunity and security to the people of Afghanistan."
- First Lady Laura Bush, giving words of praise and encouragement to servicemembers for their efforts and results
First Lady visits troops in Afghanistan
Enterprise Approach to Senior Executive Service (SES) Management
What is it?
An enterprise approach to SES management develops SES members for and assigns them to positions where there will be maximum benefit to the enterprise and the executive. The enterprise is Army and the Department of Defense.
Army SES members represent an extremely valuable leadership cadre responsible for managing a wide range of critical Army programs. These senior leaders are focused on support to Soldiers, their Families and the nation and are expected to operate in joint, interagency and multinational environments.
What has the Army done?
Career management of this critical leadership group, to include assignment decisions, was centralized in November 2005. Army is now strengthening its enterprise approach to SES management by implementing a deliberate, systematic and predictable approach that aligns well with the general officer management process.
The new SES management process is designed to be collaborative, incorporating the input of executives and their chain of command. It employs an annual assessment survey and a board process to ensure that SES assignments are responsive to critical Army needs and support broadening and professional development of the SES corps.
Army has worked aggressively to develop the tools and methodology needed to implement this enhanced enterprise-wide management program. A SES portal has been developed which serves as the home for the new SES enterprise management program to include the web-based assessment survey and board support system and supporting tools such as SES biographies, career briefs and position briefs.
What efforts does the Army plan to continue in the future?
The Army is in the process of conducting orientation sessions for all SES members and their chain of command on the new process. The first assessment survey will be administered to SES members and their chain of command soon after the orientations are completed.
The first Army SES Assessment and Utilization Board will be conducted upon completion of the survey. The board will validate SES positions, make assignment recommendations and produce the first corporate succession plan for the Army SES corps.
Why is this important to the Army?
This process will enable the Army to identify, develop and maintain a pipeline of highly-qualified civilian leaders who are prepared and ready to step up to assignments of increased scope and complexity. It will ensure that the SES cadre possesses the competencies and agility needed to meet the challenges of the 21st century.
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