Throwback Thursday: Finding Value, Part 2: Professional Responsibilities

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In the first part, I discussed the necessity for leaders to help their teams find value in participation in professional and social organizations related to the business. For Air Force officers, that used to be the Officers Club, but I discovered my younger officers didn’t necessarily sign up to that particular tradition. Like the office coffee […]

Throwback Thursday: Finding Value in Professional Obligations, Part 1

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It was axiomatic as a brand new lieutenant I was expected to join the Officer’s Club. I read about the expectation in my Air Force Officer’s Guide, and senior officers repeatedly reinforced  that expectation. It was part of my professional obligation to support the Club, and I accepted this at face value. In fact, other a couple of […]

Friday Link Around!

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Another Friday, and another opportunity to explore some interesting links! This week’s theme: entrepreneurs and people you outta know, plus a cool way to earn cash from those photos on your phone. Do you know about Neil Patel? I’ve been learning a lot from him about content marketing and internet business. Need some nutrition coaching, advice, or […]

Finding Value, Part 1

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It was axiomatic as a brand new lieutenant I was expected to join the Officer’s Club. I read about the expectation in my Air Force Officer’s Guide, and senior officers repeatedly reinforced  that expectation. It was part of my professional obligation to support the Club, and I accepted this at face value. In fact, other a couple of […]

Staying On Course to Your Goals

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Each new year the resolutions fly…we promise to lose weight, eat better, work harder, read more, you name it. Now that we’re at the end of January, it’s time to take stock of our goals and re-commit to them. Motivational speaker Zig Ziglar once spoke about the snooze button, and how it was really superfluous. […]

Shop Small with Me and My Friends

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On Small Business Saturday, I encourage you to support your local community businesses and small businesses online as well. Here’s a few suggestions: Books from Lead the Way Media: Patio Wisdom and Leading Leaders make great gifts to inspire and encourage.  By the way, there’s an e-book version of Leading Leaders, and an accompanying Workbook […]

Advice on How To Pester??

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I gotta say, I’ve never been given advice on how to pester someone, but Jessica Stillman’s advice over at Inc.com is, in fact, good advice.  Sayeth Ms Stillman: This technique, he [Teju Ravilochan, co-founder and CEO of the Unreasonable Institute] claims, has only resulted in one truly negative response out of hundreds of attempts. Brevity, […]

Advice For New Commanders

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While I usually write about leadership in general or business environments, today I’m going to write specifically to those new squadron commanders who’ll be taking command of Air Force squadrons this summer. Today’s topic is how to be a successful squadron commander in the Air Force. 1. Remember that command is a privilege. Command in […]