ARE WE AGENTS OF CHANGE?

  • Published
  • By Maj. Edward Sekerak
  • 22nd Mission Operations Squadron commander
Sooner or later, change is going to happen. It is inevitable. We continue to experience the increasing food costs, soaring gas prices, and we are aware the Air Force initiatives to reorganize in multiple areas. How will we deal with it? Are we open to that change?

Often times we tend to become complacent and do not see why we need to change. After a while we treat that impending change as something to avoid all together. We can also be uncomfortable with change because of the challenges it may bring. Remember we are always part of the change, whether we like or not. Do not be afraid of the challenges. When we face those changes with an open mind we are preparing ourselves for a whole new opportunity.

All the possibilities may not be clear right now. Eventually, through that change, it becomes the best situation for us to try something new and different, encourages us to progress, improve processes, or even take an entire organization to new heights. Are we going to give the change a try or just complain about it?

We can aid in that change process. No matter what job or level of responsibility we have there is at least one way we can aid the process. A positive mental attitude will carry us a long way. We have complete control over the attitude we project to others (and ourselves). We have to at least give it a try--it may just work and then we can thrive in the new setting or situation.

There are other ways we can help in this process too. To remain positive about change, consider we, as Airmen, can do the following:
* Make sure people are taken care of
* Keep up the morale
* Move forward (understanding negative thoughts are normal, yet focus on the positive)
* Facilitate change...support ASFO21 initiatives
* Encourage people to do the best with change ("to do the best we can when and where we are planted")
* Create other innovative ways to make change work

Take Charles Lindberg for example - over 80 years ago this coming week May 20 to 21, 1927 - he flew the first solo non-stop transatlantic flight in 33 hours. He flew with one tank of gas to get across the ocean - no air refueling on that trip! He took on a challenge few dreamed of at the time and permanently changed aviation and the world where flying across the Atlantic Ocean is now routine. He was willing to be an agent of change. Are we?

If we are not willing to try, we will never know!