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I used to commit to only having two favourite leadership qualities; but over time a third deserves recognition and comment. Determination (or persistence). Leadership is the thing that inspires us to be more than we currently are, to get to where we are not now. Things get tough Grand visions and inspirational speeches are good. […]

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Leadership is about change – something about the status quo just isn’t good enough. There are catalogues of quotes about leadership here that I enjoy, such as ‘managers fear change, leaders make change’; ‘managers do things right, leaders do the right thing.’ Don’t get me wrong; management is essential, important, valued and necessary. You want […]

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Plans are important. They say no plan survives first contact with the enemy (‘contact’ in military parlance normally refers to when the bullets are flying!) In my experience this is quite true – read my ‘compass’ entry from last month.  However, this doesn’t negate the need to at least start with a plan. I spent […]

Accreditation

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A bit of a confession here…I don’t remember many of my lectures from college. In fact, I don’t remember much about the degree I studied over 20 years ago. However, one lecture stands out in my memory – it was by Professor Charlie Withers and as far as I recall it was titled ‘What is […]

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A mini war story It was a winter’s night in January 1996 in the Former Yugoslavian Republic and we were the standby crew based in Split, Croatia.  It was cold, with some snow in the air and about three quarters to seven-eighths cloud cover ‘up country’. The call came in – a British Army detachment […]

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Most of the tasks when navigating a Chinook helicopter would involve locating a 6 or even 8 figure grid reference on an Ordnance Survey map (or similar) to pick up or drop off some ‘customers’ e.g. troops. In some cases the mission would be to arrive at this destination, day or night, any weather with […]

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One of the earliest lessons I learnt as a navigator was the ‘next event technique’, probably one of the most important prioritisation skills I ever developed both professionally and personally. Adopting this technique gave me the capacity to keep the crew and me on course, on time and land safely. I often talk about the importance of […]