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  • Embracing Change

    Are you afraid of change? Most people are.  Every day we experience change in our lives and we certainly can't hide from it.  We learn and grow from changes, that's what makes the world go around.  With all of the Air Force and day-to-day life changes, learning to deal with change must be one of our biggest priorities.Some ways to successfully
  • The psychology of leadership

    When given the opportunity to lead, how do great leaders ensure people want to follow them?  In the military it is sometimes the case that followers simply have to follow, but what makes people want to follow? The study of leadership has been taking place since the beginning of time.  Great philosophers and warriors like Plato and Sun Tzu have
  • Embracing Change

    Are you afraid of change? Most people are.  Every day we experience change in our lives and we certainly can't hide from it.  We learn and grow from changes, that's what makes the world go around.  With all of the Air Force and day-to-day life changes, learning to deal with change must be one of our biggest priorities.Some ways to successfully
  • People

    As I reflect on almost 25 years of military service, I find it easy to remember my assignments, multiple jobs and duties I have performed. I have served on four continents and served four different presidents. Within that same time period, our nation has been in numerous campaigns ranging from Operations Desert Storm to Iraqi Freedom and Enduring
  • The little unit that could

    There is a relatively small, unknown building at Luke Air Force Base across the street from the base library. It houses nearly 50 individuals who make up a team of dedicated hard-working bats. These aren't your run of the mill Chiroptera (Greek for bat). These are 56th Communications Squadron "Comm-Bats."Inside the walls of Bldg. 122 resides the
  • Common sense, simplicity play role in leadership

    There are numerous resources describing the attributes of extraordinary leaders, and one could spend countless hours sorting through data to supplement their toolkit. However, as with most things, common sense and simplicity should play a factor in any leadership situation. Throughout my Air Force experience, I have witnessed the same basic and
  • What’s your name?

    This question sounds rather innocuous, yet it can be said that your name is your most valuable possession, for without a good name you cannot be trusted. And without trust your life will become extremely difficult. Consider the following observations.A child is born and given a name. The way that child lives and conducts himself lends character
  • Communication: So what you’re saying is …?

    "Genuine leaders have the ability to articulate, initiate and follow-through on their vision."~ Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.This quote from King epitomizes the importance of developing our communication skills as leaders and managers.As we get older, many of us get set in our ways and live by the phrase, "This is who I am." That mindset can easily
  • Be honest ... choose to not lie

    "Whoever is careless with the truth in small matters cannot be trusted with important matters."~ Albert EinsteinWhat is your truest definition of honesty? Is it simply telling the truth? Is that all there is to honesty? If honesty is simply telling the truth, do you understand what telling the truth entails? We all know it's wrong to lie, but isn't
  • Mentorship: Important at all levels

    I believe one of the greatest opportunities and responsibilities we as leaders have is mentoring Airmen at all levels.Mentoring helps Airmen understand how their ambitions fit into the Air Force mission, life and their career choices. Each of us have areas of expertise that we have acquired over our careers, and some of us may have acquired a
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