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  • Micromanagement an imbalance between leadership, followership

    Gen. George S. Patton Jr. once said to never tell people how to do things. Instead, he said "tell them what to do and they will surprise you with their ingenuity." Patton understood that setting a vision, providing direction and then getting out of the way of talented people taps a well of potential that often results in unforeseen success.However,
  • Feedback builds future leaders

    Over my more than 16 years in the Air Force, I've occasionally been stopped by the intrepid young Airman who has informed me of an AFI 36-2903 uniform violation. I've always welcomed the feedback and like any good Airman, would correct the discrepancy, thank them and go about my business. Uniform standards are easy to enforce because they are
  • Don't forget to have fun - at work

    When my task-oriented front office team allows me a little free time, which isn't often, I like to get out and roam the halls of the mission support building, or jump in my vehicle and visit base facilities to see how our Team Peterson members are coping with day-to-day challenges. Over the past year I have noticed a disturbing trend - we don't
  • Choose a focus and make it happen

    Choosing a focus is essential to our mission success in the Air Force today. The importance of having a vision, simplifying and honing in on a significant task should be a primary goal in our units and key to the success of our organizations. Involving all of our team members in the process of selecting a focus will also play a significant role in
  • ‘Tis the season for winter safety tips

    As the leaves begin to fall and the sun sets on summer, it is important to get prepared for the coming winter months. Whether you and your family will be staying at home relaxing in front of a cozy fire, enjoying the outdoors, or taking a trip to visit family and friends it is important to be prepared, be safe, and use sound judgment. Here are a
  • Seizing moments can make, break career

    On Jan. 4, 2014, I will celebrate the completion of my 20th year in the Air Force. To say it has been the career I dreamed of on that fateful day in January 1994 when I stepped off the bus at basic training would be far from the truth. After 20 years of doing something, you may find yourself in a position of contemplation and review. Since the
  • What's your Carthage?

    I admire dogged determination. The ability to see something through to completion, no matter how difficult, no matter how long it takes, is an admirable trait. History offers plenty of examples of individuals who demonstrate persistence, but my favorite is Marcus Porcius Cato, or Cato the Elder.A senator of Rome, Cato's entire life, since his birth
  • To support and defend

    "To Support and Defend the Constitution of the United States, against all enemies, foreign and domestic." To those serving our armed forces, those words mean everything. They are in the oath of office and oath of enlistment and have great importance to each and every one of us serving. But they are more than just words we say in our respective
  • Community counts

    The results of last night's "Rock Band" video game competition...The new coffee machine at the base community center...How loved ones back home are doing taking care of sick children...Encouraging a fellow Airman to complete their associate's degree before PCSing...These were just a few of the topics discussed on a recent Saturday morning at Thule
  • Are you a Nero, Zero or Hero?

    Questions and stories are powerful ways to convey messages. I still remember my high school principal, Wayne Hines, asking our entering freshman class, "Are you a Nero, Zero or Hero?" and explaining its meaning. On a normal bell curve, from left to right, fall Nero, Zero and Hero. For Nero, think class bully. Based on the Roman emperor who burnt