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By Annabelle Haywood
THE 'Navigating the Change' (NTC)
program asks all Navy members to
consider what constitutes unacceptable
behaviours in the workplace, and how
we can all promote a positive, healthy
and supportive team-building culture.
While this program is not intended
to replace current training offered on
Equity and Diversity, it does comple-
ment it and makes reference to contem-
porary Defence policy on this issue.
LCDR Wayne Gobert -- who devel-
oped the program and is now one
of the lead training facilitators -- said
'Navigating the Change' was a new pro-
gram designed to increase awareness of
what unacceptable behaviour was.
"The program covers more ground
than most people think," LCDR Gobert
"An important focus of the examples
and discussions is actually giving people
the power, at all ranks, to address nega-
tive cultural elements themselves.
"We have great reporting systems;
the challenge is in curtailing this behav-
iour before it becomes embedded in the
The sessions will be delivered in
exactly the same way as the 'Making the
Change' workshops, which discussed the
The intent is for the sessions to be
conducted as part of divisional meet-
ings, with examples provided from print
media, film and television to generate
discussion on the impact of the seven
varieties of unacceptable behaviour (see
"It can be very daunting to stand up
against unacceptable behaviour, espe-
cially where issues of rank, or protecting
your mates is involved," LCDR Gobert
"Nonetheless, as both leaders and
shipmates, we need to say enough is
enough, and have the moral courage to
stand up to unacceptable behaviour.
"By giving our people the knowl-
edge and the tools to recognise unac-
ceptable behaviour in all its forms, we
empower our people to foster the desired
Navy workplace environments consistent
with our Signature Behaviours," LCDR
What is 'Navigating
IDENTIFYING UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR: (Above) Officers and sailors serving in senior
management positions at HMAS Albatross participate in the New Generation Navy 'Navigating
the Change' (NTC) pilot program.
Photo: LSIS Kelvin Hockey
VARIETIES OF UNACCEPTABLE BEHAVIOUR: (Right) Navy recognises seven categories of
THREE of Navy's senior WOs
from the aviation community
recently completed the NTC
program and are ready to train
the sailors in their command
on the principles of 'Navigating
the Change' and how all Navy
members can have a positive
"A CO of mine once told me
that you have to have the moral
courage to do one thing in Navy --
the right thing -- professionally and
ethically," WO Brian Collins, SWO
of HMAS Albatross said.
"We are all part of a team, and
we have a duty to foster a positive
culture for those that will follow us
in the ranks, to 'leave it better than
you found it'."
WO Frankie Siska commended
the program for its use of adult
learning techniques, particularly
the interactive examples that gen-
"'Navigating the Change' is not
'death by PowerPoint' (a common
criticism of some training). The
discussions you can have in the
sessions really make it effective,"
WO Siska said.
WO Sean Campbell agreed the
sessions were good for exchang-
ing ideas on the effects on unac-
ceptable behaviour, now and in the
"Those coming to the sessions
should be open-minded in their
approach, and bring up their own
thoughts," WO Campbell said.
"I hope this program gives peo-
ple the confidence to speak up, so
the influence from those who do
what's right can be seen and felt
by the Navy in the years to come."
POSITIVE INFLUENCE: Pictured (L-R) WOs Frank Siska, Brian Collins
and Sean Campbell.
Photo: LSIS Kelvin Hockey
WOs' advice: "Leave it
better than you found it"
STANDING AS ONE: Unacceptable behaviour tarnishes the reputation of all Navy members -- not just those directly
Photo: LSPH Yuri Ramsey
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