Owning Your Professional Military Development – Junior Officers

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Doctrine Man recently penned the well-known military adage that “no one can manage your career better than yourself”. Deployments, top jobs and plum geographic postings won’t be handed to you on a silver platter. This adage has a similar application when discussing professional development – the most important person managing your professional development is you. Junior […]

Social Media in the Military: Opportunities, Perils and a Safe Middle Path

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Knowledge is generated anew from connections that weren’t there before.  Margaret Wheatley, Leadership and the New Science Introduction Social media has revolutionised global communication and professional discourse.  It has demonstrated a capacity for penetration that is historically unprecedented, especially compared to other means of communication.  For example Facebook took just 12 years to gain 1.65 […]

Time Wasted and Lessons Learnt

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It takes considerable knowledge just to recognise the extent of your own ignorance. Thomas Sowell[1] Introduction The leadership, readiness, resilience, mental toughness and moral courage of Army’s junior leaders are topics that entice passionate debate. The result of these robust discussions often concludes with a clear outline of the faults of junior officers: ‘they didn’t rehearse,’ […]