Albert Einstein, the greatest scientific mind of the 20th century said, “Compound interest is the eighth wonder of the world. He who understands it, earns it. He who doesn’t, pays it.”
We are approaching the time of year where Fasching celebrations occur in many towns and cities in the local area, including Ramstein-Miesenbach and Kaiserslautern. This annual event is a pre-Lenten carnival, during which celebrants don creative costumes to chase away the evil spirits of winter in preparation for spring.
What is innovative leadership? Why do we need innovative leaders? What makes your leadership style (or skills) innovative? Are you a creative, left-brained military member surrounded by right-brained, rule-oriented, critical thinkers?
“What the heck is an AGOW?” I have heard that question more than once during my seven months as the commander. In fact, when I found out I was getting this assignment, I asked the same question.
The place to see a lion is in a zoo. Well-fed and exercised, the king of the beasts is there to be seen in all its glory. There’s even a nice barrier to ensure the lion stays on its side and the people stay on theirs. In other words, there are no unauthorized snacks for the lion.
I learned early in life that diversity equals strength. I attended Robert E. Lamberton public school in Philadelphia at the age of 10. Though Lamberton had a reputation as a good academic school, diversity of the student body is what made it special.
If you’ve read or listened to the news any time in the past year, you’ve probably heard stories about the dire situation surrounding the Department of Defense budget. The Air Force is and will continue to be affected by the changes in funding levels that are being discussed. Many of the most visible and personal effects of these changes are likely to occur in the realm of personnel pay, retention and benefits.
“Arrive alive. Don’t drink and drive.” “You booze, you cruise, you lose.” “Friends don’t let friends drive drunk.” These are just some of the slogans you may have heard of at some point in your military career. They are literary gimmicks trying to keep you safe and out of trouble.
Trust is a valuable asset in our Air Force. To me, it is the cornerstone to our core values. Throughout our military education we are taught to trust our fellow Airmen. We build a foundation around that trust.
Success is rarely by accident; each successful person can normally attribute their achievements to a leader who had a significant impact on their career and life. This January marks the 13th anniversary of National Mentoring Month, and it is appropriately themed “Mentoring Works!”