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Our signature behaviours
February 3, 2011
By LEUT Todd Austin
SIGNATURE Behaviours, including
'Respect the contribution of every
individual', are being used every day
throughout our Navy.
Members posted to the Supply
School in HMAS Cerberus recently
described situations where this par-
ticular Signature Behaviour was used
to the benefit of their workplace and
Course Manager Intermediate
Writers POWTR Brett Ellis said it
was very easy to disregard a person's
contribution because it just happened
every working day.
"People come up with ideas or just
do something that you don't think of,"
POWTR Ellis said.
"I had an ABWTR who was work-
ing for me and they had some doubts
about the way they were applying a
policy. Through their own initiative,
they were able to find a way for us to
apply it more efficiently.
"If we didn't respect their contribu-
tion then we would not have been able
to make this improvement. As a result,
we're applying the policy in a new and
better way, and this has had a positive
effect throughout other areas of the
Course Manager Supply
Application Course -- HMAS Cerberus
Supply School LEUT Tim Lovell
said his staff came up with positive
improvements to their workplace on a
"When you sit back and think about
the point you've got to with your work,
you realise the person making this sug-
gestion has done a top job and really
helped us improve what we're doing,"
LEUT Lovell said.
"Over the past few months we've
been redeveloping a course and at
times were a little stumped with some
of the things we wanted to include.
"Then a new member of the team
arrived and provided a bit of impetus
by coming forward with some good
ideas. The feedback we've received
has been very positive -- it's been fan-
tastic for us."
LSWTR Kasse Rolston, who works
in the Administration Office -- HMAS
Cerberus Supply School, said it was
great that the leadership was embrac-
ing the contributions made by Navy
people and that there was an increased
focus on their achievements.
"I guess you're not always in an
IN SEPTEMBER 2009, Chief of
Navy VADM Russ Crane intro-
duced New Generation Navy's
Signature Behaviours, which
were designed to enable our per-
sonnel to incorporate the Navy
values into their everyday lives.
These behaviours describe
our ideal culture -- how we should
live and work together on a day-
to-day basis. They apply at sea
and ashore, on duty and off and
focus on three important parts of
Navy life: People, Performance and
Program Director New
Generation Navy CAPT Warren
Bairstow said over the last 18
months Navy personnel had
embraced these Signature
Behaviours and were demonstrat-
ing them in their day-to-day work-
"They are embracing Navy's
desired culture, which supports
people during and beyond their
service, when making and execut-
ing decisions, and empowers eve-
ryone to make a respected contri-
bution," CAPT Bairstow said.
"There are examples of the
Signature Behaviours being used
every day and, starting this month,
we will focus on one particular
Signature Behaviour every month
this year in Navy News, showcas-
ing the positive effects of personnel
This month we begin with
'People' and the first Signature
Behaviour, 'Respect the contribu-
tion of every individual', where we
recognise the value of each per-
son's contribution to Navy, regard-
less of their role, experience and
More information on the Signature
Behaviours is available online at
au / navyweb/sites/NGN/com-
"If we all commit to living Navy's values and Signature
Behaviours, each member will feel a sense of pride,
achievement, fulfilment and personal satisfaction."
-- Chief of Navy, VADM Russ Crane
OF THE MONTH
Respect everyone's contribution
environment that praises everyone's
efforts, but now we really are focusing
on the good contributions that every-
one makes," LSWTR Rolston said.
"Other people then strive to make a
better contribution as well, so they can
get a pat on the back. It feels good to
help people and when you're getting
a little bit of acknowledgment it just
encourages you to do it again."
SIGNATURE BEHAVIOURS IN
PRACTICE: LSWTR Linzey Lake
and LSSTD Kasse Rolston discuss
work matters at HMAS Cerberus
Supply School while, inset, Writer
School Instructor POWTR Brett
Ellis conducts an information ses-
sion on Defence writing.
Photos: LSIS Nina Nikolin
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