Deliberate Development

Professional Development for the Military Leader



Daily Deliberation: 19 October 2019

This really made sense to me after watching my 9 year old boss around her little brother. He agrees to be compliant when she is hen-pecking him, but that only lasts when she is around. Those who want to be the boss, are only effective when they are pulling the leash. Once they stop from exhaustion or have to move to another area, their influence is over. However, those who are leaders, can impact the masses long after they are gone.

Daily Deliberation: 17 October 2019

I am very guilty of this one. I have so many ideas for stories, courses I want to build, professional development products I want to create, and not to mention the things I want to do with my family and friends. However, just having an idea doesn’t do any good if we can’t get it out of our heads and place it in motion. The few times I have been successful at this is when I was deliberate in putting those tasks on my calendar and vowing to work on them at those times. Ideas without plans are like lost treasures with no map. Don’t deprive the world around you from the great things you are capable of and draw your map today.

Daily Deliberation: 4 October 2019

Trust is the center of gravity for many things.  If you don’t think that your supervisor or boss trusts you enough to give you greater responsibility or if your job lacks some level of satisfaction, you might be overlooking something.  One thing to think about in this situation is readiness; does your supervisor or boss think you are ready?  Show them that you are.  If able, do things that require you to step outside of your lane.  Demonstrate that you can do your job exceedingly well and take up the reigns of responsibility for something else that is not typically yours to own.  You might be surprised to find that those acts communicate more than words.  Those acts make you indispensable–a ‘linchpin’.  They’ll be more willing to trust you in unique roles and with greater responsibility.  You might even be given the room you need to act on your ideas with more freedom of movement.  Deeper trust is often given to those that appear ready for it.

Daily Deliberation: 2 October 2019

Pride in ownership takes a few ingredients.  I found this out through a program I tried creating in my unit, which immediately fell on its face as soon as it was enacted.  It was meant to encourage maintainers to take ownership in their aircraft.  One component to its failure was organizational structure and culture–it didn’t support pride in ownership.  Production in the aircraft maintenance community is very top-down and mechanical.  Jobs and assignments are often dictated.  If we are constantly telling our people what, where and when to do things, how can we hope to get their buy-in to such a concept?  It first requires communication of ‘the big picture’ and the team’s objectives–frame the situation–let them get creative with how to make it happen, ownership will follow.

Daily Deliberation: 1 October 2019

We are all in different places in our lives and our careers. It saddens me to see someone get labeled before they ever have a chance to truly prove who they are. It also upsets me even more when I do not give someone a chance because of initial impression. We need to give everyone a fair show no matter what their history is.

Daily Deliberation: 30 September 2019

The irony of this makes me laugh every time I read it. But it is a reminder that sometimes we lose the real meaning behind what we are doing. When we lose focus our actions will waiver in order to just complete the mission. Stay focused on what matters.

Daily Deliberation: 28 September 2019

We see this all the time when someone is placed into leadership roles. They either move forward like nothing new happened or they come in with their ‘kiss the boss’ mug. A real leader is the same person whether they are in follower’s role or as the leader of 1,800 people. You can really tell a lot about a person by how they handle success.

Daily Deliberation: 21 September 2019

We can become holier than thou in so many situations. We think our way is the only way. However, if we are truly tolerant and truly an open-minded person, we are willing to listen to the opinions and thoughts of those we disagree with.

Daily Deliberation: 18 September 2019

Happy Birthday Air Force! 72 years ago we became a separate force and have helped to forge the military and the American way of life ever since. From advanced composite development to pressurized aircraft to GPS to thousands of other innovations; the Air Force has made the world a better place. Great Airmen like Hap Arnold, Billy Mitchell, Chuck Yeager, John Boyd and countless others have shaped history and have paved the path for YOU. Celebrate the birth of the greatest Air service on the planet today and then do your part to shape the future of the Air Force tomorrow. We need you Airman.

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