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avy has formalised its
leadership thinking in a
Leadership Framework to
articulate what is required
of all Navy leaders,
regardless of rank.
The Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Russ Crane,
launched the Framework at the Navy Symposium
on 14 September 2009.
“The Navy Leadership Framework reflects
the ethical foundation and unique requirements of
leadership,” VADM Crane said at the launch.
“This Framework is centred on the Navy
values and includes the signature behaviours, and
other time-tested leadership principles. It is the
basis for training all leaders, regardless of rank.”
The Framework will be implemented via
Navy’s existing Leadership, Management and
Personal Development (LMPD) Training Continuum
for junior officers and sailors and via new
Leadership Development workshops for middle
and senior officers, EL2s and Warrant Officers.
Rollout commences on 13 October with a two-day
Leadership Development workshop for Captains.
“The existing LMPD is being revamped to
include promotion courses for every sailor rank and
enhanced leadership modules for junior officers,”
Program Director Navy Transformation Captain
Martin Brooker said.
The new Leadership Development workshops
will address leadership in terms of the impact that
individual behaviour has on team effectiveness and
on Navy’s culture.
“What is vitally important in these new
workshops is the voluntary 360 feedback program
that participants are encouraged to use, to receive
real feedback on their personal leadership impact,”
CAPT Brooker said.
“This process has already been used as a
part of earlier workshops and has proved to be
very helpful in giving the participants a different
perspective of their behaviours as leaders.”
In addition to the Leadership Framework,
Navy is in the process of documenting its Ethic
of Australian Leadership, which will explain
leadership as a matter of character, which is
fundamental to ethical military leadership. A
second doctrine, The Practice of Australian Navy
Leadership will follow, and address leadership in
terms of skills and strategies.
“It is important that Navy’s leadership be
addressed from both the theoretical aspect in the
doctrine and the practical application in the LMPD
and the Leadership Development workshops,”
Captain Brooker said.
“The Navy Leadership Framework ties it all
together in a way that reflects Navy’s renewed
emphasis on leadership under New Generation
Details about the workshops, and the
Framework in its entirety, are available on the New
Generation Navy intranet site.
By Annabelle Haywood
After more than 40 years of loyalty to the
Defence organisation, John clarke was
quick to point out that the occasion to
mark his significant career milestone
was not the first time an attempt had been
made to bestow due recognition.
John and colleague Helen Vincent were both
honoured in front of appreciative workmates with 40-
year service awards at the National Codification Bureau
(NCB) in Melbourne. Fellow employees Paul Kenworthy
and David Ryman were also honoured with 30-year
service awards, while David Myers was recognised for
20 years with Defence.
However, John said his colleagues had actually made
four or five attempts to mark the occasion.
“If the truth be known, I’ve actually been with
Defence for 42 years, but I guess it took a couple of
years to catch me,” John said.
“Back when I started, the trend was to work for two
years, go on a working holiday and then make your mind up.”
National Service was also an option for many,
however a car accident assisted John’s decision, but
he filled out the paperwork in hospital. He didn’t get
accepted for National Service and instead remained
with the-then Department of Army, where he started
as a Clerical Assistant Grade One in the print room at
Albert Park Barracks on 31 January 1967.
John has held many positions and recalls the
cutting-edge technology of the time such as microfiche
and preparation of punch cards for input into computer
runs. He also moved on to become a computer operator
on a main frame computer with a memory of 19.2
Further promotions saw John move to Navy
Cataloguing in 1979, with the group merging with the
National Codification Bureau in 1995. John was promoted
to a Technical Officer Grade 2 (APS 3/4) in 2003 where he
continues to provide codification services for Defence.
“The technology we have these days is absolutely
marvellous and if someone had said how much this
technology would improve, I would have just laughed at
them,” John said.
“Things such as open office planning and email have
made it much easier to communicate with people and you
really feel part and parcel of the team.”
now that’s commitment
recognises long service
By Michael Weaver
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