The OODA Loop is an analytical decision-making tool. It’s an acronym that stands for Observe, Orient, Decide, Act. This four-step process was developed by Colonel John Boyd, a fighter pilot in the 1950s. Colonel Boyd recognized that if he was going to outperform the enemy who had better fighter jets, he had to improve his decision-making process. And he called that process the OODA Loop.
This course explains that this process isn’t just four steps, and it’s not sequential. It’s a loop, and as you’re moving from step to step, you’re feeding information back to the beginning in a constant cycle. While this loop is occurring, you’re constantly gathering information, making decisions, taking actions, evaluating and adjusting those actions, with the end goal of constantly improving your advantage over your competition and getting better yourself over time. The OODA Loop is a tool for taking ownership of your environment. As a leader, you need to make decisions, and you need to take action.
OODA Loop Learning Objectives:
- Explain the origin and meaning of the OODA loop
- Explain the application of the OODA loop
- Connect the OODA loop to decision-making in business
Echelon Front is recognized by SHRM to offer Professional Development Credits (PDCs) for SHRM-CP® or SHRM-SCP® recertification activities.
All courses on the Extreme Ownership Academy are SHRM approved! If you are in need of continuing education credits for your SHRM recertification, the Extreme Ownership Academy courses can provide you with 30+ hours of Professional Development Credits (PDCs). All of our courses cover a broad range of competencies recognized through SHRM’s Body of Applied Skills & Knowledge (BASK) system.