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Link – What People Keep Getting Wrong About Life and Leadership in the Australian Army via the Junket

Click the image to access the Junket article by Jonathan Batten
Click the image to access the Junket article by Jonathan Batten (photo courtesy of author)

Junket is an annual ‘un-conference’ held by www.junkee.com, an award winning Australian media brand.

It’s called an ‘un-conference’ because, unlike a standard conference, no agenda is set and no presentations are given.  Instead participants pitch ideas into conversations, which are run as ‘streams’.

You have to be invited to attend the Junket.  In 2016 Australian soldier Jonathan Batten was invited to not only attend, but also to write for the Junket website on his views on the Australian Army and leadership.

A fifteen year veteran with two tours of Afghanistan and one each in Timor Leste and the Solomon Islands, Jonathan was faced with the challenge of explaining leadership in the Army to an entirely civilian (and pretty hip) audience.

You can read his blog here, or by clicking the image above.

What do you think of Jonathan’s views?  Has he got it right?  How important do you think the Army’s relationship with society is?  Should we be doing more, or less, of things like the Junket?

If you want to read more about Junket 2017, you can do so here.  Look out for more from Jonathan on the Cove in the future.

Click the image to access the Junket article by Jonathan Batten
Photo courtesy of ADF

One thought on “Link – What People Keep Getting Wrong About Life and Leadership in the Australian Army via the Junket

  1. Very interesting reflections on what things remain timeless, what don’t. I recall once trying (unsuccessfully) to swim across a river in patrol gear, with an MG. I remember later thinking…whilst in the rescue boat…. “so that’s why they teach river crossings..” Some passed down wisdom is very valuable, people long ago worked out what works and what doesn’t. But also great to hear about the attributes of the current generation too…

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