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  • What toothbrush should I use: manual or automatic?

    It has been nearly three months since your last dental cleaning and it is time to replace the freebie toothbrush your dental technician/hygienist gave you. While in the store looking for a toothbrush you are inundated with options, both automatic and manual. To help decide, think about what you want your toothbrush to do and how it is used.A
  • The right to lead part 6: Personality

    Given that competence determines what a leader is able to do, and character bounds what a leader will do, personality then is how leaders do what they do. There are a various scholarly debates as to what determines personality, but suffice to say that it is developed through some combination of your DNA, environment and experiences. These factors
  • Cost Conscious Culture: doing a little reaps big savings

    Fellow members of the AETC team, thank you for all you do to keep our Air Force and our nation strong. As I travel around our command, I see firsthand how magnificently you are executing our recruit, train and educate missions and I want you to know how proud I am to be on your team.Our ability to continue to execute our mission with excellence is
  • The right to lead part five: Character

    The topic (and sometimes the issue) of character is an opening to the discussion of what gives a person the right to lead. There are many definitions of character. Some have a psychological bent to them, while other definitions lean heavily on the moral aspects of character.I tend to think of character as a balance sheet, one that takes into
  • The right to lead part four: competence

    In last week's right to lead segment we examined obligations and requirements and found them to be related, but not necessarily the same thing. This week, in the fourth installment of the series, we will explore the vast topic area of a leader's competency. At first glance, the topic of a leader's competence seems straight forward. Upon deeper
  • The Maxwell Opportunity: Welcoming thoughts for the international fellows

    You are senior leaders. You have garnered indispensable experience in the service for your country and are among the very best of your nation's armed forces. Now your country and the Air Force offer you the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to study at the "Intellectual and Leadership Center of the USAF" - this is your Maxwell Opportunity!Welcome to
  • The Right to Lead

    Editor's note: this is the second in a series of articles addressing the Right to Lead. Your authority as a leader in the profession of arms includes the constitutional, legislative, and positional powers vested in you by the people of the United States, the president as commander in chief, and by your service. Constitutional and legislative
  • We take care of each other... it’s the wingman thing to do

    As the proverbial "critical days of summer" begins this weekend, I thought of the endless statistics I could spout, the safety briefings you'll receive, the unique dangers that the summer months bring with them or I could emphasize the sad reality that one of our coworkers, friends or family members could likely no longer be with us on Sept. 4 when
  • Out of character: Ways to stay balanced

    Warning signs: It usually starts with little things, as most calamities do, but there are always indicators along the way that a leader's character is starting to get out of balance. Self-image and individual perspective are, more often than not, the first things to change; the way a leader views others and the manner in which a leader treats
  • Out of character and in trouble

    Editor's note: This is the first in a two-part series on character and leadership. The second part discusses warning signs and ways to stay in character.Many good things have occurred in the military over the past two years, to include the successful drawdown of U.S. forces in Iraq, NATO-led military operations in Libya and the training of Afghan