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Default Air Force Logo Culture, character and communication
When I first arrived at McConnell, I began receiving summaries of operations reports submitted across the Air Force. Week after week, I read about suicide after suicide in alarming numbers. Since then, I’ve been focusing on how to communicate with Airmen about our culture and character to build a more resilient force.
0 6/08
Default Air Force Logo Mastery: Demand competence, pursue excellence
Sun Tzu notably said in The Art of War, "To see victory only when it is within the ken of the common herd is not the acme of excellence.”
0 6/04
Default Air Force Logo Leadership and expectation
Expectation is a gift and a pillar of successful leadership; in fact, Yale University list Leadership Expectations as a key attribute and competency for their leaders. These expectations parallel and expand the expectations Air Force leaders should impart to subordinates.
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Default Air Force Logo Leadership: it's a team sport
Leadership in the Air Force isn't simply a role you take on based on a position you've attained or your expertise you apply to a technical problem. It's an activity of monitoring and adapting to the challenges presented to your unit to ensure mission accomplishment and effectiveness. It’s allowing yourself to be vulnerable and caring for the personnel in your unit as much as the challenges your unit may face. Leadership is not an opportunity provided to only the unit commander but an opportunity for personnel at all levels of responsibility.
0 5/15
Default Air Force Logo Competence
I have had the pleasure of serving in the Air Force for 21 years. When asked to write an article related to leadership I thought long and hard about what to say. I wanted to share my thoughts on one important aspect of leadership with you, competence. John Maxwell wrote “Competence goes beyond words. It’s the leader’s ability to say it, plan it, and do it in such a way that others know that you know how and know that they want to follow you.” I have always felt this to be true.
0 5/04
Default Air Force Logo I am a military brat
On our base and in communities all across Kansas, April is month of the military child. As likely one of, if not the most senior military child on McConnell I am a proud to call myself a life-long Air Force brat. Some people do not like that term, but I do.
0 4/26
Default Air Force Logo Embracing diversity: leadership perspective
Diversity, according to Webster’s Dictionary, means, “the condition of having or being composed of differing elements, especially the inclusion of different types of people in a group or organization.”
0 4/20
Default Air Force Logo Starting with why
In his book “Start with Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action,” Simon Sinek presents the idea of a Golden Circle to describe organizations, which consists of three concentric rings with “why” at the center of the circle moving outward to “how” then “what.”Sinek proposes that the “what” of an organization is easy to identify; it’s
0 4/13
Default Air Force Logo Pioneers of innovation
Americans are innovators. We are part of a remarkable bloodline of problem-solvers, tinkerers and out-of-the-box thinkers. As Airmen, we continue this heritage by pushing the boundaries of what is possible, but I think it is important to give our inventive culture some historical context.
0 4/06
Default Air Force Logo The importance of empowerment
The Air Force is not slowing down, every day our Airmen are asked to do more and more with less. As leaders we continue to push through these challenges with our Airmen. However, we do not always have the answers or know how to solve the problem. This is why empowerment has a vital role within our units and in the U.S. Air Force.
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