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‘Burn the boats’

Posted March 28, 2014 by Maj. DAVID LEMERY

Though I have read a little about history and a little more about business and leadership, the first time I heard the expression, “Burn the boats,” was just a few weeks ago. It prompted me to look into this theory a little further. The phrase is most attributed to Spanish Conquistador Hernando Cortez when he…

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Advancing CAF through storytellers

Posted May 9, 2014 by Lt. Col. JON WHEELER

Comprehensive Airmen Fitness is a key talking point in most speeches you hear from Air Force leadership. This concept has been introduced in formal training and many of our younger Airmen are very familiar with it. The purpose of this article is to introduce CAF and discuss how storytellers can help advance CAF at Luke…

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Make time for Airmen, NCOs

Posted June 27, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. DONNIE BROWN and Master Sgt. RENEE HUGGINS

We are all very busy these days. Our force is shrinking but our mission stays the same. I often hear people complain that they just do not have enough time. Two things leaders at all levels need to make time for are our Airmen and junior NCOs. Leaders are often stretched so thin that they…

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Changing your communication default settings

Posted August 15, 2014 by 2nd Lt. JOSH GOERSS

In today’s high tech world, it’s easy to become entrenched in the communication tools that are designed to make our lives simpler and more organized. Ironically, the technology that was created to increase our efficiency has a tendency to detract from our communication within an organization. When we unconsciously set our default communication settings to…

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Dollars and Sense

Posted October 3, 2014 by 56th Comptroller Squadron

The Internal Revenue Code places limits on the dollar amount of contributions you can make to pension plans and other retirement-related items for tax year 2014. The elective deferral (contribution) limit for employees who participate in 401(k) and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan remains at $17,500. By comparison, the annual contributions limit to an…

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New evaluation system calls for accountability

Posted November 14, 2014 by Senior Master Sgt. THOMAS LOHSANDT

It seems that everyone is overly concerned with the new evaluation system the Air Force is releasing. We should ask ourselves if it is really that scary to have an assessment which fits each of us in a more realistic way. This new system is going to hurt a lot of egos when they are…

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It’s your career…take care of it

Posted May 18, 2012 by by Master Sgt. Christopher B. Huard

There once was a time where you could safely assume that if you did a decent job and stayed out of trouble you could carry your career out until 20 years or more and retire. If you had a few bumps in the road or slowly progressed through the ranks, no worries, your retirement was…

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3-M concept of leadership serves chief well

Posted June 29, 2012 by by Chief Master Sgt. Steven Ferrell

Whenever I am asked about my leadership methods, I always say, “I apply my Three-M concept: mentor, motivate and monitor.” Most people will discover at one time or another they have been in a leadership role, whether as a sibling, parent, boss, coach or sometimes as a team member. Realizing the profound impact one person…

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Chaplain thoughts – August 17, 2012

Posted August 17, 2012 by Courtesy of Chaplain (Lt. Col.) Theodore Wilson

“You must love soldiers in order to understand them, and understand them in order to lead them.” ~Henri Turenne

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Are you a great teammate?

Posted October 12, 2012 by by Maj. GREG COLEMAN

Accountability is the cornerstone of any organization. Accountability equals trust and each member of an organization or team must be able to trust that their teammate is accountable and will always execute the mission at the same high standard. The standard is excellence and as Airmen we should accept nothing less, but we often do….

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