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  • Challenges, choices and consequences

    As a Chief, you are often approached and asked this question: "What are some words of wisdom you can pass on that helped you get where you are?" Well I can't promise you any sacred words of wisdom, however I would like to share with you a simple formula that I have used to help guide me both personally and professionally. It's what I refer to as
  • ‘I can do this … Keeping fit to fight’

    With the upcoming changes to the Air Force fitness program and our high rates of deployment, there has never been a better time to get (and stay) in great physical shape. When I first joined the Air Force, we were transitioning away from the run to the bike ergometry test. I took lots of jabs from my Army and Navy friends during that time and was
  • Leadership Dynamics

    At some point in our lives we have known or learned about someone whom we would consider to be a great leader. There was something in this individual that made them stand out as a leader. Early in our careers the seed of leadership is planted with the intent of growing us into an effective leader. Although we are taught about leadership early in
  • Leading learning innovation

    The Air Force has a heritage rooted in technology and innovation. From our earliest days, Airmen have sought to find a better way to dominate the domains in which we operate -- air, space, and now, cyberspace. Developing superior capabilities which enable global vigilance, global reach and global power have proven vital to our nation's security.
  • Lorenz on Leadership – Building a Winning Team

    On July 4th, I was fortunate enough to represent our Air Force at NASCAR's Coke Zero 400. I joined more than 100,000 Americans -- undeterred by the summer heat -- at the Daytona International Speedway. The energy at the speedway was as thick as the humid air and the excitement contagious. Motor homes covered the infield and racing fans were
  • Look to the right horizon

    I'm not Ulysses S. Grant, and neither are you. Let me explain how this profound insight changed my life. Just inside the doorway of my office sets a famous photograph of General Grant. It's the one that looks exactly like the comedian, Robin Williams. I'm not big on collecting things, least of all pictures of people I'm not related to; but when I
  • Intangibles and the art of leadership

    One of Colin Powell's leadership principles states that "Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible." Just as masterpieces painted by art's great masters can't be reduced to sterile checklists of fundamental and necessary components of genius, the same holds true for great practitioners of
  • Lorenz on Leadership – It’s all about service

    A few weeks ago, Staff Sgt. Sarah Price worked diligently as a radar approach control (RAPCON) controller within the 71st Operations Group at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. If anyone had asked her what she did, her response would have been simple and quick, "I control aircraft." No one would argue the importance of her job, especially since it
  • A command philosophy

    Command, in its simplest form, is the successful management of people, resources, equipment and processes. The commander's job is to ensure the mission is accomplished but at the same time, ensure his greatest asset, the people, are taken care of. The commander must articulate his vision for the squadron and communicate with subordinates in such a
  • Lorenz on Leadership – It’s all about service

    A few weeks ago, Staff Sgt. Sarah Price worked diligently as a radar approach control (RAPCON) controller within the 71st Operations Group at Vance Air Force Base, Okla. If anyone had asked her what she did, her response would have been simple and quick, "I control aircraft." No one would argue the importance of her job, especially since it
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