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Humility is a Super Power

By Will Martin on 27 May 2021 7:04:23 PM

In a recent bit of sport commentary, I heard a broadcaster say of a player “from up here in the box I always thought him to be a humble man, but his teammates tell me he’s actually very confident”. This made me reflect on how frequently I hear people mix up the complex relationship between humility and confidence.

Topics: Leadership Leadership Behaviours Humility
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Loyalty must go both ways

By Will Martin on 30 April 2021 3:33:51 PM

I remember a line in an old war movie. A wise old Colonel is telling a young officer “on the battlefield you represent me and the way you represent me, reflects on me”.

Topics: Leadership Leader in Service Leadership Behaviours
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Trust, Loyalty and Service

By Helen Martin on 23 April 2021 4:44:56 PM

My great-grandfather Edwin (Ted) Leane was one of The Fighting Leanes of Prospect – once called the “most famous family of soldiers in Australian history” by historian and war correspondent, Charles Bean.

Topics: Leadership Leader in Service Leadership Behaviours
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Leadership, Culture and Values

By Will Martin on 9 February 2021 4:32:25 PM

As an active Navy reservist, I watched with interest late in 2020 as the Department of Defence took seven sets of intra-Defence organisational Values (Navy, Army, RAAF, Special Ops Command, Australian Public Service, Australian Defence Force Academy and Cadets), poured them into a big values magi-mix and produced a new set of Defence Values…a sort of ‘one size fits all’. There was very sound strategic reason for this, specifically the ongoing push for “better alignment in support of a stronger, more capable, Joint and integrated Force”.

Topics: Leadership Values Culture
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Teamicide kills creativity

By Will Martin on 6 October 2020 3:14:43 PM

One way a leader can murder team performance is to selfishly place themselves in the middle of everything, right in the hub. Picture an old sailing ship helm. Hub in the middle, spokes and a rim at the outer limit. This is hardly original thinking but in my mind if the leader is in the hub, team members sit on the handles that protrude from the outer rim and the spokes are lines of communication.

Topics: Leadership Leader in Service Leadership Behaviours Leadership Coaching
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The question “R U Ok?” needs to be authentic.

By Will Martin on 8 September 2020 10:46:12 AM

Being the captain of a warship can be a lonely existence. Eating, chilling out, watching tv and resting in isolation will impact different people in different ways. Regardless of where a captain sits on the intro-extravert spectrum however, s/he needs some sort of trusted sounding board to ‘download’ on.

Topics: Leadership R U OK? Culture Leadership support Peer to peer support