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August 4, 2011
OF THE MONTH:
By LEUT Todd Austin
THIS Signature Behaviour asks that
Navy members make sound, timely
decisions based on principles, drive
decisions to the appropriate level, trust
and support people to make good deci-
NUSQN 808, based at HMAS
Albatross, has the role of introducing the
Multi Role Helicopter (MRH90) to the
Commanding Officer CMDR Tim
Leonard said the 80-person (and grow-
ing) squadron has had the opportunity
to develop a strong, positive culture by
allowing its members to implement best
practice in its day-to-day running.
"They've been encouraged to formu-
late new ways of doing business within
the framework they have and we have
been able to effectively drive the decision
making down," CMDR Leonard said.
"Indeed, some of the new ways of
working, implemented by the sailors, have
been rolled out across other squadrons."
LS Andrew Wilkinson, a maintainer
with the squadron, said driving decision
making down at the point of disruption
helped them resolve a potentially danger-
"A tyre burst during a running landing,
and we had to make a decision there and
then to repair it with a different procedure
on the flight line," LS Wilkinson said.
"We advised our chain of command
of the solution we came up with, they
supported it, and the end result was that
we were able to repair the aircraft with
minimal disruption to what was going on
Flight 1 Maintenance Manager PO
David Dillon said by driving the deci-
sion making down, the sailors were able
to contribute to the working environment
"They get a sense of achievement and
broaden their knowledge a lot quicker,"
PO Dillon said.
"At the end of the day, the sailors have
a real sense of purpose in the workplace."
CMDR Leonard said this had provided
a real opportunity to create a constructive
and positive culture within the squadron,
starting from scratch.
"Our sailors have been hand-picked
and have the experience and maturity to
develop a strong adherence to the Navy
values and the culture we are trying to
instil," he said.
More information on New Generation
Navy's Signature Behaviours is avail-
able online via the Navy Intranet site
DECISION MAKER: NUSQN 808's LS Andrew Wilkinson is proud his squadron encourages personnel
to drive decision making down.
Photo: LSIS Kelvin Hockey
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