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  • Innovative followership, leadership

    Innovate, innovate, innovate. We hear this all the time in today's leaner military. It's a rather catchy word and sounds very impressive. However, innovation has to begin somewhere. Can followers innovate? Can leaders innovate? I submit the answer to both questions is a resounding "yes." Unfortunately, one thing that keeps us from challenging the
  • How to know everything, yet know nothing

    You have probably heard the adage, "It's not what you know, it's who you know." What does this really mean? I've personally heard it referenced when discussing promotions, but I've also heard it when talking about getting things done. These are really interrelated. If you can work your boss's boss's priority, you can become your boss's "go-to"
  • Balance, key to successful AF life

    I believe proper balance is the key to a successful life in the Air Force. Over the years I've come to realize that it takes a concentrated effort to maintain balance between a professional life as an Air Force member and personal or family life. Both require constant learning, adjustments, development and attention. It's easy to give 100 percent
  • Avoid claustrophobic career

    I have heard many times that education is the great equalizer.The Air Force takes in people of all races, cultures and backgrounds and unifies them under simple beliefs and values. The enlisted force structure serves as the common language for force development, and education plays a major role. We all know education creates opportunity, and yet
  • New form second chance to do EPRs right

    Without fail, every time I am around a group of young NCOs, there is one subject guaranteed to come up -- the enduring question of "How can I write a stronger EPR for my Airman?"My answer to this question is fairly standard and is one that a chief shared with me many years ago. The easiest path to improve the strength of your Airman's enlisted
  • Plan for final out

    How many of you are prepared for life outside of the military? Seriously, if you were told tomorrow was your final out, what would you do?We are currently in an environment where Defense Department rollbacks are a serious issue we must all contemplate. Fewer officers are being commissioned. Last year there was only one nonrated Officer Training
  • ntentional leaders make things happen

    As I write this column I am within 48 hours of closing out my squadron command. Like most people who find themselves at the end of a long journey, I am retrospective about what I've learned. As such, I feel I have a unique perspective on command, more specifically on leadership. So I think it is appropriate to share some of what I have learned thus
  • Serve Airmen by knowing them

    Knowing your Airmen is not a new concept in the Air Force. This concept has been mentioned in various professional development situations and throughout guidance from Air Force senior leadership for some time now. As with many processes and concepts this is easier said than done and takes significant commitment from the leader. In short it demands
  • In your comfort zone? Get out!

    Being promoted means you are ready to take on the next level of roles and responsibilities, but how do you prepare for the next level of responsibilities? One tactic that has worked for me is to step outside my comfort zone. By doing this, I've learned more about the Air Force and experienced more situations than if I had stayed safe within my
  • Service before self, but don't forget about self

    As Airmen, we live and breathe the Air Force core values on a daily basis. However, don't let our second core value, service before self, distract you from actually taking care of yourself. In my 13 years of active-duty service, there is one regret I hear most from people both in and out of the service, "I wish I would have done better at school."
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