Air Force

November 30, 2012

Leaders avoid holding to bad decisions

Tags:
Lt. Col. JAMES BLACKMAN
56th Component Maintenance Squadron

Don’t let YOU get in the way of YOU making the right decision, because … it’s not about YOU!

What do I mean by this? Have you ever knowingly stuck with a bad decision because you made the decision? Or struggled over a decision worrying about what others will think of you?

Everyone has decisions to make. All ranks from airman basic to general officer make decisions every day — both on and off duty — it’s part of the job and part of being in the military. If you’re not making decisions that are commensurate with your rank and responsibility level, then you’re messing up.


Our core value of excellence in all we do rightly causes us to be passionate about our work and the decisions we make as we strive for excellence; that’s good. But, if you allow your personal connection to a decision overwhelm your ability to make the right decision; then again, you’re messing up.

Considering we are professional Airmen serving our nation and the public, our motivation for day-to-day decisions should not simply be one of personal ambition. Rather, it should be a motivation and ambition to personally move the organization forward regardless of who makes the decision. Service occupations by nature, and particularly the military service, means we have sacrificed some personal ambition because of a strong belief in being part of something much larger than any of us.

The constant movement of personnel is an essential part of the military organization, because the organization cannot be solely dependent on any one individual. As individuals great and small come and go, the organization must remain; and not just remain, but remain strong. This reality should reinforce that the drive for organizational achievement is a higher goal than the drive for personal achievement. This diversity helps the organization remain strong as it brings into the organization differing views which may call your decisions into question. When we stick with a bad decision because we made it even though there are opposing views we are not putting the organization’s achievements above our own.

We have inherited a well respected professional military, and it’s our duty to uphold those characteristics that have made it so. I believe one of those characteristics is a long tradition of living out the core value of service before self in the decisions we make each and every day. So next time you are indecisive or unwilling to reconsider a decision you’ve made, stop, reflect and make sure you’re not the problem … it’s not about you.




All of this week's top headlines to your email every Friday.


 
 

 
NEW_1

Luke F-35s visit Columbus AFB

Airman 1st Class Daniel Lile A T-6 Texan II roars overhead as the pilots of two Luke Air Force Base F-35 Lightning IIs prepare to exit their aircraft July 23 at Columbus Air Force Base, Mississippi. The pilots are Capt. Nichola...
 
 

Gillespie Loop: Honors Airman who made ultimate sacrifice

BAGRAM AIR FIELD, Afghanistan — The men and women of the 455th Air Expeditionary Wing came together for a road dedication ceremony to honor Master Sgt. Randy Gillespie, a fallen Airman who paid the ultimate sacrifice. Master Sgt. Randy Gillespie was a career fuels specialist who died July 9, 2007, from wounds sustained during small...
 
 

Who’s afraid of a little blood?

I have been in the Air Force for 22 years and have been a medical laboratory technician since the beginning of my career. The medical or clinical laboratory is where specimens are tested to provide information to medical providers who directly assist in the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease in patients. After graduating basic...
 

 

Pursue education for career’s sake

Everyone knows education can be a good bullet on an enlisted performance report, but few know the true value of an education in regard to a military career. The pursuit of an education can be just as valuable as the degree acquired at the end. The knowledge acquired in the pursuit of an education can...
 
 
Pg-3--photo-illustration

Candid money talk improves relationship

There are many reasons why people divorce but at the top of the list are lack of communication and finances. That’s why it’s important to combine these two topics to make for a successful long-lasting relationship. “I bel...
 
 

News Briefs July 31, 2015

Total body conditioning class A new total body conditioning class is 6:30 and 9 a.m. Monday and Wednesday. The 6:30 a.m. class is broken into two half hour segments to accommodate squadron or individual physical training. The 9 a.m. class is one hour. The class consists of body weight movements and the use of equipment...
 




0 Comments


Be the first to comment!


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>