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  • The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

    In our busy society, people don’t always take time to articulate what they expect from their leaders, but they certainly know the difference between a good leader and a less-than-optimal leader when they work for them.
  • Personal password security

    In what seems like a vicious cycle, we get the news alert of yet another huge data breach potentially affecting millions of accounts. Next, we get the reminders, prompting people to change passwords to something increasingly longer and more complex, making them more and more difficult to remember. And yet these simple character strings protect access to our money, social media accounts and much of our private data.
  • Unlock motivation

    There is not a more important position in our Air Force than that of being a supervisor. Just being put in charge of personnel is not enough. A supervisor is responsible for influencing his or her followers to perform an action, complete a task or behave in a specific manner.
  • Up and In Leadership

    I joined the Air Force at 17 years old to serve my country, play college baseball and fly airplanes.
  • Three Leadership Rules of Thumb

    Leadership is an art that is infinitely complicated and remarkably simple. Leadership is complicated because it involves people. Everyone has different motivations, aspirations and experiences. What works to motivate one person could be different for the next. However, leadership can also be very simple. There are certain habits of mind that, if you internalize, will help you lead most people in most situations.
  • What is your purpose?

    As I sit in my hotel room on the eve of the Air Force’s 71st birthday, I cannot help but reflect on my career and what the Air Force means to me. Today, I had the pleasure of listening to Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, address attendees at the annual Air, Space and Cyber Conference. Her words were both thought provoking and inspiring, but the thing I gleaned most was a simple question she asked, “What is your purpose?”
  • Innovation legacy grows stronger every day

    In October, David Grant USAF Medical Center will turn 30 years old. What most of us don’t know is who David Grant was.
  • A Thousand Thunders

    My fifth-great grandfather’s nephew, Sgt. Jacob Shively, sat on Lookout Mountain, Tennessee, for a Christmas photograph for his wife just a few months after he sustained a wound to his right cheek at the Battle of Chickamauga. He looks straight forward, rifle across his lap, at the ground he and the members of the 89th Ohio Volunteer Infantry recently traversed under fire.
  • Time management does not exist

    Time management is a concept that many people have become preoccupied with over the years. There are dozens of books available on the topic and many bases offer professional development courses on how to effectively manage time. However, when creating the professional development curriculum here at Travis Air Force Base, California, we intentionally omitted this lesson from our schedule for a single reason: Time management simply does not exist.
  • From the darkness to the light

    September 9, 2017, was a day my close friends and family remember as a day of sorrow for me. My beloved wife of 12 years was taken from me by cancer.
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