Five Things to Learn as a New Air Force Officer

You find yourself in charge of a new flight and don’t know what you should be focusing on. How do you provide value when everyone knows you’re only going to be there for a year at best? Here are the five things I focus on when I move to a new job. The following stepsContinue reading “Five Things to Learn as a New Air Force Officer”

Worry About Your (Current) Job

I had a group commander who published his leadership philosophy shortly after taking command. I appreciate it when leaders take the time to communicate what’s going on in their heads. His philosophy was par for the course in some areas but it did yield some good insights. There was one line that stood out aboveContinue reading “Worry About Your (Current) Job”

Building a Quarterly Award: Process Control and Measurement

Welcome back to my 12 Week Year article series. I’m going through my highlights of The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington and thinking “out loud” as I build a CGO of the Quarter package for the 1st quarter of 2021. This week we’re looking into Process Control and Measurement. I’mContinue reading “Building a Quarterly Award: Process Control and Measurement”

Building a Quarterly Award: Vision and Planning

Welcome back to my 12 Week Year article series. I’m going through my highlights of The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington and thinking “out loud” as I build a CGO of the Quarter package for the 1st quarter of 2021. This week we’re looking at Vision and Planning. Before youContinue reading “Building a Quarterly Award: Vision and Planning”

Building a Quarterly Award Using The 12 Week Year

I’ve been wanting to write a summary of the The 12 Week Year by Brian P. Moran and Michael Lennington and struggled with the best way to do it. I didn’t want to just rehash the chapters and big takeaways in the book. Instead I’m going to take the opportunity to offer my commentary on highlights fromContinue reading “Building a Quarterly Award Using The 12 Week Year”

Self Reflection on Your Priorities

2020 is almost over and for many of us, this means we can finally close a chapter on a very hectic year. Working from home has challenged our priorities when it comes to the work/life family balance. In these last few weeks of the year, my challenge for you (and for myself) is to setContinue reading “Self Reflection on Your Priorities”

2 Ways to Conduct an Annual Review

Self-awareness is an important skill to build as an AF officer AND as a human being. It’s good to take some time to look back and see what went well, what didn’t go well, and what you might want to do differently (or keep doing). The end of the year presents an excellent opportunity toContinue reading “2 Ways to Conduct an Annual Review”

Loonshots

Introduction “What can we learn about human nature and world history from a glass of water?” – Safi Bahcall LEDx 3.0 In March of this year, in what seems like ages ago in the pre-COVID era, I had the opportunity to attend LEDx 3.0. The Leadership Education and Development Experience (LEDx) is an annual leadership event sponsored by the Air Force, designedContinue reading “Loonshots”

5 Productivity Tools for New Air Force Officers

When I first became an Air Force officer I didn’t quite know what tools I should use in order to be a productive and effective officer. I learned that I need five tools in order to become a more productive leader. Those five tools were: a pen, a notebook, a calendar, a task manager, andContinue reading “5 Productivity Tools for New Air Force Officers”

Dislocation Allowance

Getting paid to move Chances are, if you’re preparing for your first Permanent Change of Station (PCS), you don’t know about Dislocation Allowance (DLA). The Defense Travel Management Office (TMO) keeps an inventory of allowances ranging from Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH), to Cost of Living Adjustments (COLA) for all active duty officers and enlisted personnel. OneContinue reading “Dislocation Allowance”