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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!
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.
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 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.
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.
Two great breakout sessions at AFP San Antonio’s 2013 conference, thanks everyone who came to hear me speak! I enjoyed meeting the presenters and participants, and the conference committee members were awesome. If you were there, I’d love to hear from you…please leave feedback in the comment section if you like.
Excited 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.
President Ronald Reagan sums up the idea of the fundamental nature of character and what it takes to make good decisions as a leader. In a May 1993 speech to the cadets at The Citadel in South Carolina, Reagan said:
The character that takes command in moments of crucial choices has already been determined. It has been determined by a thousand other choices made earlier in seemingly unimportant moments. It has been determined by all the little choices of years past…by all those times when the voice of conscience was at war with the voice of temptation…whispering the lie that it really doesn’t matter. It has been determined by all the day-to-day decisions made when life seemed easy and crises seemed far away…the decisions that, piece by piece, bit by bit, developed habits of discipline or of laziness, habits of self-sacrifice or of self-indulgence, habits of duty and honor and integrity-or dishonor and shame.
In reflecting on this statement from President Reagan, it’s important to recognize that he wasn’t necessarily speaking about heroes or larger than life figures, although those words could certainly fit the heroes in our midst. He was talking about the common person, and the idea that people rarely “rise to the occasion;” rather most people fall into habits and thought patterns where they’re comfortable. That’s why seemingly unimportant decisions can become the building blocks of character, for good or bad. We have to remember that as leaders we are always “out front.”
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.
This week I continue my discussion on leadership with CMSgt(ret) Bob Vasquez on KAFA 97.7 FM. This week’s topic is “Leaders Lead” where I talk about taking charge when you’re put in a leadership position.
I’m back on KAFA-FM’s Character Matters! with Chief Master Sergeant (retired) Bob Vasquez to discuss leadership…this week’s topic is “Respect.” You can listen online at the Association of Graduate’s website.
You can listen starting today! The first topic is “Integrity”, and they started with my senior picture from my Aggie Corps days. Join us tonight at 8pm on 97.7 KAFA-FM for a preview of my new book “Start Here” (still a working title!).
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 www.usafa.org/kafa courtesy of the USAFA Association of Graduates.