“Revitalizing squadrons” was named General David Goldfein’s top priority when he took over as US Air Force’s Chief in 2016. Executive Leadership Group – meaning Wendi leading, plus me and several ELG colleagues – were asked to provide organizational behavior expertise to the Air Force team directed to tackle the problem (hey, they hire the very best!) and led by Maj General Stephen Davis. In fact, helping General Davis and his team is mostly how we spent an eventful 2016 and 2017.
The linked article explains why squadrons needed “revitalizing.” More important, it spells out what we learned from talking with thousands of Airmen. Namely, we learned four principles so basic and fundamental, you can use them running a hospital, a factory, or the world’s mightiest air force.
Even if you’ve never read an article in the Air & Space Power Journal (yeah, me neither), you might want to read this one – it’s their lead article: “A Model of Air Force Squadron Vitality.” If you’re a leader at any level, there’s stuff here you can use now.
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