leadership

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Death of Vice-Admiral (Ret.) John ‘Jock’ Allan, CMM, OstJ, CD(3), BSc(Eng)

The passing of Vice-Admiral John ‘Jock’ Allan occurred on 01 May. He was 86 years old. Admiral Allan’s obituary (see below for links) outlines his impressive career but says only that, “He enjoyed a rare and unique career path in the history of Canada’s navy.” This is, in my view, […]

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The danger of charisma

This is a good piece on Transformation, Hillier-style.  I especially agree with your comment on ‘A Soldier First’: I always thought that this was a serious dereliction of duty by him, a complete misunderstanding of what being the guardian of an institution, its people and future actually requires. Charisma can […]

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The new naval image – a question of substance or style?

The Canadian navy is seeking a new image.  The navy has launched a public relations ‘blitz’ in conjunction with its 100-year celebrations.  The Chief of Maritime Staff, Vice-Admiral Dean McFadden, admitted frankly that “We (the navy) need to do a better job of explaining our purpose.”  The object of the […]

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The ‘Yingling’ Thesis

While I like the line of the LCol. Paul Yingling’s logic (and admire his courage), I think that his article on leadership in Armed Forces Journal is lacking in strategic context. At the same time as the Vietnam War, the ‘West’ was engaged in an eyeball-to-eyeball military standoff with the ‘East’. […]

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