May 'flywheel' push: Force development
By Senior Master Sgt. Christopher Underwood, 129th Rescue Wing Human Resources Advisor
/ Published April 30, 2009
MOFFETT FEDERAL AIRFIELD, Calif. -- In May our push on the flywheel is to create an environment where each Airman is given the full potential to grow, learn, progress and develop, as they strive to unleash their full potential in the pursuit of greatness.
Here are the focus areas for force development:
1. Professional Military Education: Encouraging our Airman to further pursue their military education, ensuring that they will be ready when tapped on the shoulder to assume positions of greater responsibility. Promote PME (i.e. Satellite Airman Leadership School and Non-Commissioned Officer Academy, correspondence and In-residence) throughout your unit.
2. Awards and Decorations: What better way to retain our people than to recognize them and reward them for their efforts? Make our people feel appreciated and a part of our TEAM.
3. My Enlisted Development Plan: Encourage use of MyEDP. The Air Force Audit Agency conducted an Audit in August 2008 on the Air Force Mentoring Program. According to Colonel Thomas H. Smith, Deputy Director, Force Development DCS, Manpower and Personnel, Headquarters United States Air Force, the draft report concluded "....an effective mentoring program improves morale, enhances professional growth and development, and increases retention."
4. Mission Driven Mentoring: According to Dr. Patricia Gill, Director of the Air Force Mentoring Program, Headquarters USAF
Mentoring is a critical component of the Air Force's Force Development construct. It is normally a relationship in which a person with greater experience and wisdom guides another person to develop both personally and professionally. Mentoring is not a promotion enhancement program, but is designed to prepare Airmen for increased responsibilities. Goals of the mentoring program are to:
-- Create an environment that promotes personal and professional growth through the Continuum of Learning that will enhance occupational and institutional competencies
-- Provide a vehicle for leaders and subordinates to leverage strategic knowledge and intellectual capital throughout the Air Force
-- Promote the welcoming of new employees by offering them a structured method for acquainting themselves with the organization"
As we continue to push the flywheel and raise the bar that the Air National Guard Office of Cultural Leadership and Development has set for us, continue the flywheel momentum by interweaving these points into your agendas for all meetings and monthly roll-calls:
· The goal of Force Development is clear--develop professional Airmen who will collectively leverage their respective strengths to accomplish the mission of the Air National Guard. Each of you make our unit the BEST!
· Force Development is a recognition that we need to continuously improve because we never achieve zero defect! Leadership constantly adjusts to new and emergent challenges.
This is my "Flywheel Challenge" to you:
· What am I doing as a leader, team member, Airman, friend and person to continuously improve in each of these areas? Remember, in order to do something that you have never done before, you must become someone that you have never been before
· Do I consistently set goals on which I will base progress in my evolution as a leader?
· Am I open to feedback and review, however unfair? Do I give honest feedback for growth?
· Do I mentor and prepare Airmen for possible future opportunities?