Martyn Cook is a former officer in the Royal Anglian Regiment was the Senior Major and Chief Instructor of Old College at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. He has been an instructor at the Army Foundation College Harrogate and a company commander at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst where he developed and commanded Sandhurst's innovative Leader Development Course. He has operational experience of Northern Ireland, Iraq, Afghanistan and the Ukraine. The views and opinions expressed are his own and do not necessarily reflect the views of the British Army.

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Counting the Costs of Winning: Doing the Right Thing, on a Difficult Day… When the Whole World is Watching

Counting the Costs of Winning: Doing the Right Thing, on a Difficult Day… When the Whole World is Watching By Martyn Cook. Leaders under pressure must keep themselves absolutely clean morally. The relativism of the social sciences will never do. They must lead by example, must be able to implant high-mindedness to their followers, and…

Breaking the Mould – How to Change, Develop and Improve Instruction

Breaking the Mould – How to Change, Develop and Improve Instruction Recently I witnessed, with a heavy heart, a group of trainees being disciplined by their Corporal instructor. Swearing, derogatory language and general de-motivation – it really was sad to listen to. And thankfully, it’s very rare to see these days. When I took the Platoon Commander, who was watching, aside and explained to…