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  • Your organization’s most valuable asset

    Are people your most valuable asset? Let's examine how others may think of our greatest asset.Some would say that people are not your greatest asset, and that saying they are insinuates that all employees have a dramatic positive impact on success and desired work culture. The truth is that your best performing employees are your greatest asset,
  • Know your people

    As I approach the end of my military career, I couldn't help but think about the number of leadership lessons I've received through the years.  Some of these lessons were learned in a formal classroom setting, while many more were learned on the job.  One of the best - and favorite - lessons in leadership I ever received was from Senior Master Sgt.
  • Binge drinking and a culture of intoxication

    The military is only a microcosm of civilian society and binge drinking has become a phenomenon in American culture as evidenced by the popularity of binge drinking parties such as Lake St. Clair's Jobbie Nooner, spring break celebrations and "fill in the blank" gone wild reality shows. This binge-drinking phenomenon is quite different from social
  • Striving for greatness

    A common wish for parents is to see their children achieve a higher level of greatness in life; to out-achieve them in the game of "greatness", if you will.  Society has defined many measures of what it means to be great.  Some of these measures can include wealth, power, influence, longevity, and fame.  I believe, however, it is important to
  • A satisfying feeling

    During the November UTA, I traded my CAC card for a retired ID, received a letter from the White House thanking me for my service and took off my ABUs for the last time.  I'm retired.  I've told many people that the closer I get to retirement the happier I am.  Not because I'm disgruntled, absolutely not!  I'm leaving with a big smile because I'm
  • What’s In It For Me?

    I joined the military a long time ago.  It was a different world back then, and I only planned on staying for four years, and then getting a real job.  So why am I still here?  The answer is simple.  But before I answer, let me back up a little.I originally joined the military because I was in a low-paying job that would never lead to anything
  • You are only as successful as the “Team” you are a part of

    It is true that many people join the military for college, large bonuses, medical benefits, travel, or possibly a job.  Granted, it is a motivator, but it's not the be-all-end-all of reasons.  I believe we have an inherent sense of selflessness that is engrained in each of us.  We serve because we love this country, we love the freedoms and we want
  • Still in the Fight

    We are all members of the Profession of Arms. Professionals take ownership in in their professions. Your profession is much more than a job, it is a calling that you are dedicated to and willing to sacrifice for. Ours is the Profession of Arms. Make no mistake; there are no number of CBT's or ancillary training requirements that can make you into a
  • Making yourself competitive for promotion

    Below are the six points, with a short explanation of why each is important to making you stand out from the others in your peer group.You will notice the lack of discussion about "leadership", "communication", and "PME". Those are all required, too. In fact, those basic requirements are mandatory to even be considered for Promotion, so if you
  • This is not your father's Air National Guard

    "This is not your father's Oldsmobile..." That slogan was used by General Motors back in the 1980s. The perception was that only old men drove an Oldsmobile and it was a very conservative vehicle. General Motors wanted to change the image of Oldsmobile for consumers and thus the slogan was born. I borrowed that slogan from GM to say this: "This is