New Video: The Five Be’s

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Honored to have presented to the Ft Worth Downtown Rotary last month, and so appreciative for the Fort Worth Municipal Channel for the webcast!

This is the abbreviated version of my Five Be’s talk – hope you enjoy!

Mickey is a consultant, author, and keynote speaker. He believes everyone can reach high levels of performance if inspired and led. During his 30 year US Air Force career Mickey commanded thousands of Airmen, managed portfolios worth billions of dollars, and worked with military, civil, and industry officials around the world. He is a Distinguished Graduate of the Eisenhower School at National Defense University in Washington DC.
Mickey is the author of eight books, including Leading Leaders: Inspiring, Empowering, and Motivating TeamsMickey’s Rules for Leaders, and The Five Be’s: A Straightforward Guide to Life.

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Join Me at JETC 2015! – UPDATED

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I’m excited to be presenting at the Society of American Military Engineers’ JETC 2015 next week in Houston, Texas!

As a Life Member, it’s a privilege to serve my Society by leading a Speed Mentoring session, moderating a panel on Theater Security Engagement World-Wide in the Contingency Engineering Track, and presenting “The Five Be’s” in the Leadership and Business Development Track.  Please join me if you can!

Mentoring Program for Young Members, NCOs and Fellows: Tues, 19 May, 2:45-5:15 pm

Theater Security Engagement Worldwide: Wed, 20 May, 10:30-11:30 am

The Five Be’s: Thurs, 21 May, 9:30-10:30 am

Download the full JETC agenda here.

Register here.


5/19: THANKS to all the SAME Fellows, members, and Young Members who participated in the Mentoring workshop yesterday!


10 hours of education and training sessions filled up the afternoon of Day 1 at JETC, along with a Speed Mentoring event led by Col. Mickey Addison, USAF, who also is an accomplished author and speaker. The mentoring event brought together SAME Fellows and Young Members for a discussion of what mentoring really is, then it mixed the audience up throughout the room for candid discussion and networking.

5/20: We had a super panel for Theater Security Engagement Worldwide on Wednesday. Thanks to our reps from PACAF, SOUTHCOM, AFRICOM, Bridges To Prosperity, & CENTCOM.

5/21: Concluded with an engaging conversation about leadership and values during The Five Be’s session. I was super impressed with the level of discussion by the attendees!

Leading Leaders Presentation

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I was honored to present “Leading Leaders” as a professional development opportunity to Air Force Civil Engineer Center employees while I was visiting them to provide a Pacific Theater update. AFCEC Public Affairs recorded the event and posted it to YouTube, and I’m pleased to share it with you. My thanks to the men and women of AFCEC for the chance to share a little about the changes in the Air Force, our mission in the Pacific, and a little about leadership.

Note: The views expressed in my book, this blog, and the video above are those of the author and do not reflect the official policy or position of the United States Air Force, the Department of Defense or the U.S. Government.

UPDATED! Presenting at the SAME Hawaii Training Workshop this Week

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Honored to be presenting at the Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) Hawaii Engineer Training Workshop! I’ll be presenting at 8 am on Tuesday on “Perspectives on Joint Engineering” to the SAME group, and later on “Air Force Engineer Issues” to the Joint Engineer Working Group.

On Wednesday at 8 am, I’ll present as part of a panel discussion on “Theater Security Engagement Planning for the Pacific” to the SAME group.




Update #2 (2/8/15): Here’s the link to the SAME blog post about the event!

Engineer Airmen Lead the Way in the Pacific

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I was privileged to speak at the closing ceremonies for Pacific Unity 14-8 last week in Mount Hagen, Papua New Guinea.  A team of Engineer Airmen from the Hawaii Air National Guard’s 154th Civil Engineer Squadron and members of Public Affairs, Comptroller, and Medical Airmen from Joint Base Pearl Harbor-Hickam’s 15th Wing spent a little over three weeks constructing new girls dorms at the Togoba Secondary School in Mount Hagen.

These Airmen were an inspiration to me, and the bonds of friendship they built during their time there will have long-lasting impact.  Because of them, thousands of girls in the Central Highlands will now receive an education. Well done Engineers!

Thanks NAVFAC Hawaii!

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PBNAVFAC EmblemThanks to CAPT Michael Williamson, CO of Naval Facilities Engineering Command Hawaii for inviting me to speak during their leadership series yesterday!  Great discussion about my one of my favorite topics: leadership! My host for the day was the XO, CAPT Ed Sewester, and I thoroughly enjoyed the opportunity to share my perspective on leadership with a group of Navy civil service and Air Force engineer officers from the joint base.



Interview with Second Line of Defense: Pacific Logistics for the 21st Century

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A colleague and I had the unique opportunity to sit down with Dr Robert Laird to discuss logistics in the Pacific. The interview and video is at the link below. The interview is about military strategy in the Pacific, but the takeaway leadership lessons are all about strategy.


Leaders should be the ones looking at the horizon, and drawing lessons from history. For the strategic leader, decisions about the direction of the organization are all about context. Knowing where you’re going, and where you’ve been, are keys to good strategy.

Here’s what I had to say about the link between World War II and present day:

General Hap Arnold, in preparing the after action report for World War II, highlighted the centrality of logistics and combat support for Air Force operations. He wrote, “Modern war is a war for air bases, the bulldozer must accompany the plane,” and of course the fuel truck and warehouse and the ships and all the specifics that go with supporting a forward deployed air force.

The key terrain during and prior to World War II and the key terrain during the Vietnam and Korea conflicts and all the other conflicts we’ve had in the Pacific is still the same key terrain today. And we have the same allies, many of the same partners, the same friends, and the same places that are important to us.

The key areas are still important for different reasons, but they’re still key terrain to enable our strategy.

Read the rest here.

Speaking Today at AFP’s San Antonio Chapter Annual Conference

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Mission_to_PossibleExcited to speaking today at AFP San Antonio’s 2013 Annual Conference.  I’m doing two breakout sessions entitled “Foundational Leadership: Building Teams within Teams” which is taken from my upcoming book entitled Leading Leaders (former working title of Start Here).

The presentation to the CEOs will be 1:30 – 3 pm, and the presentation to the general membership will be from 3-4:30 pm.

See You in San Antonio!

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I’m very excited to announce that I’ll be speaking at the San Antonio chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals’ Annual Conference on Thurs, February 21, 2013.

I’ll be presenting two sessions on my leadership philosophy, a character-based and time tested system that anchors any team-building effort and is guaranteed to improve morale, the work environment, and productivity!  I’ve developed this system during over 25 years of military service, including commanding three squadrons and a 1,900 member group.

My Start Here: leadership philosophy is summarized in five “bricks” of the foundation to any leadership task: Integrity, Respect, Teamwork, Leaders Lead, and Little Things Matter.

See you in the Alamo City!

Appearing on 97.7 FM KAFA’s Character Matters! Starting Jan 16th

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I’m very excited to be appearing on USAFA’s KAFA-FM starting this Wednesday (16 Jan) in a four-part series based on my leadership philosophy.  It was fun to spend a couple of hours with Chief Master Sergeant (retired) Bob Vasquez recording the series and I’m looking forward to hearing the finished product.  While you’re at it, check out KAFA’s Facebook page, and follow them on Twitter.


It will be a preview of my upcoming book, Start Here: the Foundation of Leadership and it’s the same philosophy that I’ve developed over the years from Cub Scouts, high school sports, military college, and a 25 year Air Force career.  I’ve distilled a lifetime of leadership experience into a “cornerstone” and “bricks” in the “foundation” of good leadership: Integrity, Respect, Teamwork, Leaders Lead, and Little Things Matter.

Should be a great series and introduction to the book!  Listen online at courtesy of the USAFA Association of Graduates.