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The "Year of Leadership" takes place from September 2008 to August 2009. (U.S. Air Force graphic) Training and education: Time for growth
Every decision or complicated situation we face brings to bear all of our beliefs, attitudes, values, experiences and education. The fewer the experiences, the easier the decision, right? Unfortunately, with the ever-changing, increasingly complex military environment facing us, inexperience is a luxury we cannot have if we want to stay ahead of
0 1/05
2009
Default Air Force Logo Good to be the 'bad guy'
I once worked with a senior master sergeant who I often praised for his willingness to be "the most-hated man in the room." This comment always did two things: shock everyone within earshot and bring a smile to his face. Most of the people who heard me say this simply thought I was insulting him, but he knew it was my way of saying thank you.
0 12/22
2008
The "Year of Leadership" takes place from September 2008 to August 2009. (U.S. Air Force graphic) Compassion
Our Air Force leadership has declared this year to be "The Year of Leadership." In December the leadership theme is Compassion. It may appear strange to some that an organization with extreme military might would focus on compassion, but great acts of compassion surround us. Leaders without compassion are bullies. Compassion is a combination of
0 12/19
2008
Default Air Force Logo Bicycle helmets required
Humpty Dumpty sat on a wall, Humpty Dumpty had a great fall. All the king's horses and all the king's men Couldn't put Humpty together again. Guess what? The same logic applies to bicycles, scooters, roller blades, skateboards and other "non-motorized transportation devices." All it takes is one bad spill and all of Uncle Sam's vast medical science
0 12/11
2008
The "Year of Leadership" takes place from September 2008 to August 2009. (U.S. Air Force graphic) The compassionate leader
First things first. Everyone is a leader. Everyone has the power to influence others. Therefore, what I have to say applies to everyone. No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care. Trite ... but true, if you stop and think about it. That's compassion. Leaders gain legitimacy by paying thoughtful attention to the needs of
0 12/11
2008
Default Air Force Logo Stay safe through hectic holidays
Happy holidays! We are now in the middle of the holiday season, a time when all of the pressures of our busy schedules come together. The pressures of the office, the family, and social events with friends all demand more time than we have available. While this is my favorite time of the year, it is also one of the most hectic. Good planning is one
0 12/02
2008
The "Year of Leadership" takes place from September 2008 to August 2009. (U.S. Air Force graphic) Early lesson in integrity
When you're 10 years old and two police officers show you their badges while asking where you're going, even at such a young age you know you'll remember that moment forever. It was 1987, the year in which my interests were Garbage Pail Kids, baseball cards, video games and girls ... in that order. And just as I was too shy to talk to the girls, I
0 11/14
2008
Default Air Force Logo Of freedom and those who pay its price
Not all holidays are created equal. I believe that some have much greater significance than others; among them are Veteran's Day, Memorial Day and Independence Day, days set aside for honoring those who paid the price of freedom. Those who, like the prophet Isaiah, stepped forward and said, "Here am I ... send me!" What will you be doing on Nov. 11
0 11/06
2008
The "Year of Leadership" takes place from September 2008 to August 2009. (U.S. Air Force graphic) Lessons on discipline from military forefathers
"Nothing is more harmful to the service than the neglect of discipline; for that discipline, more than numbers, gives one army superiority over another." -- George WashingtonWhat is it about discipline that would inspire such words from our first commander in chief? Certainly today's Airmen continue to be the guarantors of our nation's liberty, but
0 11/04
2008
Default Air Force Logo Discipline: An unwavering trait
Believe it or not but we are taught about discipline from our early childhood. I was recently reading my daughter the fairy tale of the Little Red Hen and realized that it actually teaches us about discipline; specifically self-discipline. The Little Red Hen and her baby chicks are the only ones with the discipline to plant, harvest, and mill the
0 10/21
2008
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