(Organizational Excellence 2.0)
1 August 2011
Organizational Excellence (OE 2.0): A Primer
OE 2.0 Overview
Organizational Excellence 2.0 (OE 2.0) is designed to empower Civil Air Patrol in helping its members achieve inner growth, better discernment and greater
leadership skills, as a means to benefit both individual members and the organization itself. Where professional development addresses educating and training members on what and how is required, OE will concentrate on helping members to best discover how and why to accomplish their tasks. It focuses on fostering excellence through mentoring, reward, and peer acceptance, as it validates the living concept that ethics and personal transparency are at the root of CAP’s Core Values.
OE 2.0’s ultimate purpose is to develop better leaders at all levels and all positions, encouraging graduates to become capable managers of member talents, mission requirements, and CAP’s physical assets and image. Whatever their position, members will be better prepared to discharge their duties and lead their fellow members successfully and harmoniously.
Key Enhancements for OE 2.0 are as follows:
· Moves away from the specialty track format, adopting a level-designation format that can be tracked under the Achievements tab.
· Reduces levels of progression from four to three (Management, Corporate, and Executive).
· Moves towards more measurable Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities milestones.
· Introduces a standardized structure and simplifies the approval process.
· Allows more members to progress through OE by recognizing a more diverse set of member experiences throughout the curriculum.
· Further defines the mentors’ role and their expectations of the candidates.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Question 1: I have a rating under the old Organizational Excellence Program. Will I keep it?
Answer: There is a mechanism in OE 2.0 by which you may be able to translate and transfer your old rating into the new program.
Question 2: Why are there minimum time and service requirements?
Answer: Excellence is a product of time well used and experience in achieving goals. Time gives you the opportunity to both mature within the program and see the context of the events going on around you. The more you see, experience, and think about what happens in CAP, the better you will be able to use what you know in order to influence CAP’s future for the better.
Question 3: Is OE 2.0 just another name for a command track?
Answer: No. OE 2.0 is designed for every senior member. For it to be most effective, both command and staff members should participate.
Question 4: How is OE 2.0 different from Professional Development?
Answer: Simply stated, Professional Development addresses the “what” and “how” of what CAP does. OE 2.0 picks up at “how” and examines “why” CAP does what it does. Additionally, the “how” is explored in terms of the best path and best practices for CAP, promoting continuous improvement and incremental leadership development.
Question 5: I see that I need experience in each of CAP’s three mandated mission areas. Must I get specialty track ratings in all of them?
Answer: While that is certainly preferred, OE 2.0 allows for members to gain knowledge and experience with the three mission areas without needing to earn specialty track ratings.
Question 6: I am a former military member who was able to waive National Staff College (NSC) by using my Professional Military Education (PME) coursework. Why must I complete NSC as part of OE 2.0?
Answer: While your PME is certainly important, National Staff College is designed to (1) educate you about strategic issues specific to Civil Air Patrol and (2) provide a broader perspective of how CAP operates through your interactions with fellow CAP officers who represent many wings, specialties, and viewpoints. You cannot obtain this essential experience through completion of your PME.
Question 7: Do I have to enroll in OE 2.0?
Answer: No. OE 2.0 remains an optional program. However, working your way through its requirements will make you a stronger and more valuable member of CAP.
Civil Air Patrol Excellence... to the next level