In the past couple of years, I've observed the strange case of an Airman that apparently upset someone in the chain of command. I saw her be written up after leaving a phone number on a post-it on her desk and missing an appointment after being placed on quarters (this is when a doctor tells you that you're too sick to work). Based on these two incidents, the appraisal marked down significantly for one year. The following year, the appraisal score was not allowed to be normalized because of the previous score.
Stories like this one are common, and there are only one or two people in the process that can make a meaningful difference. Unfortunately, I was not one of those two people in this case.
The principles of quality management as it pertains to project management should be used in a similar manner. Give reports SMART (specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, timely) goals and mark their progress towards these goals.
Why's this difficult? Such concepts are already recommended but managers are not held accountable for implementing them. Many bright Airmen are being punished for what amounts to a lack of chemistry between themselves and their supervisors.
As a manager, myself, I must strive to not fall into the same errors of mismanagement. I should always strive towards objectivity regardless of how difficult it is to attain.
Unilateral decision making is dead. If you've recently been placed in charge of a team, you might be acquainted with something that you've not had before: authority. Don't let this new found power put you in the precarious position of thinking that you are better than those under you. You may be a superior, but you're not superior.Read More >
Recently, a mentor of mine recommended the book You Don't Need a Title to be a Leader. This book is very important to me at a time that I will not have a title that conveys authority anytime soon. That's the nature of the military. At a minimum, I will be called "Airman" for the next two years. After wielding authority in the service industry and even in tech school, this lack of authority represents a change in my career.Read More >
I had the chance to listen to the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff speak at DLI.Read More >