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The Commando Way by Damian McKinney

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5 Live up to the responsibility of leadership

Commandos do things to make a difference. To make a positive difference and to make sure that the difference is sustainable, needs careful thinking about, and the ability to think is essential for any commando. I remember my own thinking being provoked by a brilliant lecturer at university called Peter Willetts. The result of the provocation was that I wrote an essay in which the central argument was “don’t give money for aid unless it’s going to make a sustainable difference”. I had observed how, for example, painting a school might brighten the building in the short term but can create a dependency in the longer term. I still believe that. It is like the well-known story: better to teach someone ...

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