An historic review of the way Royal Navy’s people functions is under way. This will modernise processes, ensure that the needs of Royal Navy personnel and their families are met and that the lived experience of everyone serving in the Royal Navy is the best it can be: from the day they look to join,… Read More
Sweeping changes to the structure and capabilities of the Armed Forces – the most significant since the end of the Cold War – have been announced by Defence Secretary Ben Wallace. The integrated review of foreign and defence policy will see £23 billion spent on making the Army more cutting-edge and lethal. It will result… Read More
The head of the Army’s mental health engagement team has called on the chain of command to better recognise that “vulnerability is not a failure”. Colonel Tim Boughton said more should be done to tackle the stigma that admitting to difficulties is to show weakness. Arguing that physical fitness is indivisible from mental fitness, the… Read More
Initiative fatigue occurs when leaders jump too quickly from one improvement fad to another. This is because embarking on a new project is often more exciting than staying the course. However, this does not necessarily deliver the best long-term results. It is, generally, easier to start something, whether it is weight loss, going to the… Read More
42 Commando now operates as a specialised Maritime Operations unit. Consequently, the organisation of 42 Commando is now different to that of 40 and 45 Commandos. Although the naming of the companies remains unchanged (J Company, K Company, L Company, M Company, including Command and Logistics Elements), 42 Commando is now focussed on small team activity,… Read More
“Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their mindscannot change anything.” George Bernard Shaw (1856 to 1950, an Irish playwright, film and theatre critic, and polemicist). He won the Nobel Prize in Literature in 1925. Reference The Nobel Foundation (1925) George Bernard Shaw. Available from World Wide Web: http://www.nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/literature/laureates/1925/shaw-bio.html. [Accessed: 24 July, 2016].
“Organizations created to fight the last war better are not going to win the next.” Lieutenant General James Maurice Gavin (1907-1990), …”a top Army administrator, a diplomat and a leading management consultant…” (Fowler, 1990) Sometimes presented as “Generals always fight the last war.” Of course, this does not take account of the fact that sometimes… Read More