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Build on My Strengths and on My Peoples’ Strengths

Everybody has a strength. Probably more than one. We are better-employed when we use our strengths. When possible, improving your weaknesses can make you a more effective individual… But we already possess our strengths and can put them to work now. Build on My Strengths and on My Peoples’ Strengths Know your peoples’ strengths and put those strengths to work. Build teams with a diversity of strengths.…

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Mastermind Meetings

When I was flight commander, supervising a group of fellow nerds with nerd jobs, I spent almost all of my time on the administrative requirements. They needed me to do the boss stuff - that was my official position! I really wanted to do the nerd stuff though. It’s more fun, it’s my strength, and I’ve got more experience with it… I’ll admit that as the boss I had input into many nerdy problems, and having that was rewarding.…

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Perceptions Sometimes Count and Facts May Not

“Perception is reality” I’ve heard this quote numerous times. The falsehood evident in those words should be obvious, but these days perhaps it is not. Reality is reality, perception is perception. Often reality and perception overlap heavily - but we don’t notice those times when our perceptions are correct. Our brains think that’s the default. There’s also almost always some amount of perception that doesn’t overlap reality - when our brain is jumping to conclusions and we are misled.…

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Know Your Why

I’m personally driven by a few ideas… Things I’m pretty passionate about. Improving cyber security in the US though education is a major one. When I remember my goals they my action. Why do I want to volunteer to teach at a college? Why did I spend time building K-12 python, cyber security, and boolean logic short courses? Why do I look for opportunities to have my knowledgeable folks teach the rest of my folks?…

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Personality Inprocessing

One of the things every leadership course includes is some discussion of personality types. Usually everyone has to take or retake a personality test for the Myers-Briggs system. You usually go around the room at some point and talk about, or show by example, the effects of each piece of the type. Then, at some point, they recommend building teams with a diversity of personality. But who actually ends up doing that?…

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Broken Windows

The broken windows theory of policing suggests that when police target small crimes like “vandalism, public drinking, and fare evasion," and reduce visible signs of “crime, anti-social behavior, and civil disorder” they reduce the likelihood of further and worse crime. This can certainly be taken too far, as in “stop-and-frisk” policies, if those are examples of broken windows policing, as some suggest. When applied to a team you’re leading, broken windows policing looks like: making sure uniforms are still sharp and worn properly, office common spaces are kept tidy, individuals are shown respect in each interaction, promises are kept, report and presentation standards are being met, and people generally meet the requirements and standards of each of their duties.…

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Mission Qualified

Commanders of operational units maintain their flying qualification. Most units in the Air Force aren’t flying units, but all have some mission they’re responsible for. Remain Qualified on your Mission System Once a quarter I should spend a day making sure I’m up to speed on the mission my folks are doing, and if possible I should get some practice actually doing it. At the least I should sit alongside folks as they execute the mission.…

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Things I Hope I Remember - Be Deliberate

Be deliberate. When the feeling in my organization is just a little… off; when someone reacts to my words in a way that I didn’t expect; when someone doesn’t come through with that task they said they’d finish; when my organization isn’t cutting it by some metric; when I let someone down; when I get any negative feedback; when I need to give any negative feedback. Be deliberate.…

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