Heroes of Telemark

On the evening of February 27, 1943, nine Norwegian Commandos infiltrated the German-held Vemork hydroelectric plant just outside of Rjukan, Norway. Their mission was to destroy the water pipes in the basement. Although these Commandos did not know the significance of their sabotage at the time, they later learned that their mission played a part …

Between a rock and a hard place as a leader?

Take inspiration from Slim One of our leadership heroes is an exceptional WW2 Army Officer, Field Marshall Slim, who simply claimed ‘leadership is just plain you’. His actions, however, describe his powerful leadership style… Slim led the ‘Forgotten Army’, attacked relentlessly by Malaria and the enemy, while British commanders demanded Slim’s mission succeed. Despite the …

Comfortable with Uncomfortable

Comfortable with Uncomfortable Change is a constant, so for leaders, what’s the use of a basic change model? Because when your normal pace of adaptation is outstripped by a changing situation, you’re in a perilous place and a team looks to its leader for answers- and you won’t have nearly enough. By simply highlighting what’s …

Liberty Global Leadership Retreat – Florida Jan 2020

Beware ‘Leader’s legs’ Mission Mindset delivered an experiential leadership and teamwork event for the top 120 leaders of Liberty Global. The programme begun as the sun rose over the Florida coastline. During this memorable event we were reminded of a phenomenon familiar from the Commando leadership training world- ‘Leaders Legs’. During a physical task a …

The England Football Team

In 2017 Gareth Southgate asked Jon Coomber as the Chief of Staff at Commando Training Centre Royal Marines to deliver a developmental package for the England Football Team. The aim of the package was to help transform the underachieving team into a high performance team through instilling self and group awareness, generating trust and understanding, …