to express my sincere appreciation to the many dedicated government employees who generously gave of their time and knowledge when asked, their insight and personal experience proved invaluable. To my lifelong friend Vicki Williams, thank you for your love, support and patience, as I absorbed myself in day and night --data collection and dissertation writing. To my children, Anthony, John, Elliott, Shavonne, Brandon and their mother Linda thanks for your love and lifelong support. My deepest gratitude is extended to the Father, the Son, and the Holly Sprit for Leading and guiding me throughout life and for making me strong when I was week. DEDICATION This is dedicated to four important people who are no longer with us. I want to thank my parents John and Geneva Holden for their love and support in encouraging me to follow my dreams. Both always wanted something better for their children and gave sincerely. I miss you both. To my brother Gregory, who could make a guitar talk and always pushed to be a better man. To my son Ronnie who soul has always been with me and provided the spark to keep me moving forward in this endeavor. PIPELINING: ENCOURAGE OTHERS THROUGH THEIR PROFESSIONAL PATHWAY- A GROUNDED THEORY STUDY Abstract This study was conducted using classic grounded theory. Primarily, grounded theory is an inductive research methodology that derives theory from a systematic approach of comparative analysis of data. This approach focuses on generating concepts and theory directly from empirical data rather than using existing theory, pre-defined concepts, or hypotheses. Using this methodological approach, I derived the theory of “pipelining.” Pipelining identifies and explains phases of negotiation and navigation that individuals use to traverse through an...
Pipelining explains basic behavior patterns that people experience in a new environment as they go through the learning process of their chosen career. The pipelining process also enhances their decision making in daily responsibilities and stressful situations experienced later on in their career development. Pipelining is a holistic approach for engaging, maintaining, and sustaining values which impact individual and organization efficiency and mission accomplishment. The pipelining process consists of three major behavioral phases: selecting, journeying and extending.
The selecting phase comprises strategies one uses to join a pipeline or move from one pipeline to another— individual engaging, mentoring engaging and organizational engaging are categories of the selecting phases; journeying comprises strategies individuals develop while traveling through the pipeline for success—individual transforming, mentoring transforming and organizational transforming are categories of the journeying phases; and finally, the extending phase consist of strategies, which develop the knowledge, skills and attributes learned in earlier phases, in order to achieve the goals and objectives of the career over a lifetime. Individual stabilizing, mentoring stabilizing and organizational stabilizing are categories of the extending phases. Although this study was focused on lieutenants in officer basic training, the research has far-reaching application individuals pursuing career paths in other environments.