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Leadership – Part 6 of 10

Here is another installment of the 10 part series on leadership, highlighting the 10 principles of leadership as instructed in the Canadian Armed Forces in the 1980s and 90s. Here are links to the first 5 parts: part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4, part 5. 6 - Know your...

Leadership – Part 5 of 10

Moving on with part 5 today. (don't miss part 1, part 2, part 3, or part 4). 5 - Make sure your followers know your meaning and intent, then lead them to the accomplishment of the mission What can happen if intent is misunderstood, and you don't stick around to see...

Leadership – Part 4 of 10

Time for my favorite! (don't miss part 1, part 2, and part 3). 4 - Lead by example Ralph Waldo Emerson - one of my faves (from: http://www.movemequotes.com/lead-by-example-quotes/) This IS my favorite, and probably the most important of the ten. You can not do...

Leadership – Part 3 of 10

In our third installment, we continue exploring the principles of leadership developed by the Canadian Armed Forces and taught in the 1980s and 90s. You can find part 1 here, and part two here. Today we will talk about the third principle: 3 - Seek out and accept...

Leadership – Part 2 of 10

Welcome back! Last week I discussed the achievement of professional competence, the first principle of leadership as I learned them in the late 80's, early 90's. Today's topic is the second principle: 2 - Appreciate your own strengths and limitations and pursue...

Leadership – Part 1 of 10

Leadership is a concept, skill, practice, and idea that I ponder often. I first received formal leadership training as an air cadet at the age of 12 or 13. 30 years later, 11 years of that as a full time Army Officer, I have learned many many lessons about this acrane...

More Pump Station Nonsense

This all started because I got pissed off. Pissed off that elected officials and CVRD staff were getting attacked in the local media over the proposed Comox No. 2 Pump Station, and especially as most of the "attacks" were overblown or down right false. So, I wrote a...

Comox No. 2 Pump Station

As I often do, when I see an issue grossly misrepresented in the local media, I can't help myself but wade in. Recently, the Comox Valley Record published a series of articles about a proposed sanitary pump station that will be installed here in the Valley. In an...

In case you were wondering…

When I was 12, I decided that I was going to be an air cadet. I don't recall exactly how I heard about cadets, but I knew I wanted to try it out. So, one Thursday evening I walked up the hill from my house to the school where the local air cadets paraded, and signed...

The “Why”

Welcome to the home of Braxton Consulting (a.k.a. Andrew Gower).

Before we get on with reviews/reports on equipment I am looking at, let’s talk about me and why the hell I am doing this site anyways.

In a nutshell, while I have a pretty damn good job, if I had a choice, I would rather ride my bike, go skiing or climb a mountain. In order to gain the freedom to achieve this, I have to work for a few more years, but in the meantime I have grand ambitions to start getting paid to do what I love.  You can follow my misadventures here and let me know what you think!

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