HomeNewsArticle Display

Panthers: Help B3T by exhibiting C3T

BUCKLEY AIR FORCE BASE, Colo.- -- Building a Better Buckley is a recurring theme you may often hear from the 460th Space Wing Commander Col. John Wagner. Realizing he can't do it alone, he has empowered us to assemble as a team to bring that concept to life. We can do this by exhibiting the following three characteristics: commitment, communicating and creativity together, C3T. Developing these skill sets isn't easy, and to be able to successfully execute them can be even more challenging.  In the midst of our most challenging fiscal times, when resources are scarce, it is important to stay focused and only be concerned about the things that are within your ability to control. Here are some key qualities that every good leader should possess and learn to accentuate.

To be totally committed means pursing your goals, being a team player and performing your duties to the best of your ability. In the military, we often receive tasks that we feel are not that important, but we should look at these tasks as opportunities to excel. By proving that you're 100 percent dedicated to these tasks, you will not only earn the respect of your peers and subordinates, but it can inspire others within the workplace to exhibit that same level of effort. 

It's not only important to stay committed to tasks, but to also keep your word. If you pledge to lead a committee, attend a function or to help someone--then do it! You want to create a reputation of being a hard worker, and a person that is fully involved. Keep to your word and your folks are more likely to follow in your footsteps.   

Having healthy lines of communication is paramount, especially when there are new members to your unit. What that means is not just having an open door policy to your office, but making it a priority to go out and talk with your folks on a recurring basis to discuss work center or personal issues. This fosters trust within your organization, thereby making them less hesitant to share.

However, there's a flip side to communication, which is to avoid miscommunication. For example, you may have a goal for your folks to achieve and what may seem clear to you may not always seem clear to them. If you are met with a puzzled look, the lightbulb should turn on and you realize there might be a problem. If you find yourself consistently having to correct or clarify things after you have given direction, then you may need to focus on sharpening your communication. If your vision is not clearly articulated, they may never complete the task or accomplish the mission.

Let's face it--we, as leaders are not always explicit in our instructions to our people. We provide our vision but may not always have the adequate resources to achieve it. We must empower our people to come up with a plan that's both effective and efficient to get us to that end state.  This is where the creativity comes into play, or the coined phrase "thinking outside of the box."  Show us something we haven't seen before and don't be afraid that it may not work.  When brainstorming for ideas sometimes the solutions may appear rather quickly, but more often than not the good ones develop over time.

In his Technology, Entertainment, Design Talk on creativity, Sir Ken Robinson says, "Human resources are like natural resources; they're often buried deep. You have to go looking for them; they're not just lying around on the surface. You have to create the circumstances where they show themselves."
USAF Comments Policy
If you wish to comment, use the text box below. AF reserves the right to modify this policy at any time.

This is a moderated forum. That means all comments will be reviewed before posting. In addition, we expect that participants will treat each other, as well as our agency and our employees, with respect. We will not post comments that contain abusive or vulgar language, spam, hate speech, personal attacks, violate EEO policy, are offensive to other or similar content. We will not post comments that are spam, are clearly "off topic", promote services or products, infringe copyright protected material, or contain any links that don't contribute to the discussion. Comments that make unsupported accusations will also not be posted. The AF and the AF alone will make a determination as to which comments will be posted. Any references to commercial entities, products, services, or other non-governmental organizations or individuals that remain on the site are provided solely for the information of individuals using this page. These references are not intended to reflect the opinion of the AF, DoD, the United States, or its officers or employees concerning the significance, priority, or importance to be given the referenced entity, product, service, or organization. Such references are not an official or personal endorsement of any product, person, or service, and may not be quoted or reproduced for the purpose of stating or implying AF endorsement or approval of any product, person, or service.

Any comments that report criminal activity including: suicidal behaviour or sexual assault will be reported to appropriate authorities including OSI. This forum is not:

  • This forum is not to be used to report criminal activity. If you have information for law enforcement, please contact OSI or your local police agency.
  • Do not submit unsolicited proposals, or other business ideas or inquiries to this forum. This site is not to be used for contracting or commercial business.
  • This forum may not be used for the submission of any claim, demand, informal or formal complaint, or any other form of legal and/or administrative notice or process, or for the exhaustion of any legal and/or administrative remedy.

AF does not guarantee or warrant that any information posted by individuals on this forum is correct, and disclaims any liability for any loss or damage resulting from reliance on any such information. AF may not be able to verify, does not warrant or guarantee, and assumes no liability for anything posted on this website by any other person. AF does not endorse, support or otherwise promote any private or commercial entity or the information, products or services contained on those websites that may be reached through links on our website.

Members of the media are asked to send questions to the public affairs through their normal channels and to refrain from submitting questions here as comments. Reporter questions will not be posted. We recognize that the Web is a 24/7 medium, and your comments are welcome at any time. However, given the need to manage federal resources, moderating and posting of comments will occur during regular business hours Monday through Friday. Comments submitted after hours or on weekends will be read and posted as early as possible; in most cases, this means the next business day.

For the benefit of robust discussion, we ask that comments remain "on-topic." This means that comments will be posted only as it relates to the topic that is being discussed within the blog post. The views expressed on the site by non-federal commentators do not necessarily reflect the official views of the AF or the Federal Government.

To protect your own privacy and the privacy of others, please do not include personally identifiable information, such as name, Social Security number, DoD ID number, OSI Case number, phone numbers or email addresses in the body of your comment. If you do voluntarily include personally identifiable information in your comment, such as your name, that comment may or may not be posted on the page. If your comment is posted, your name will not be redacted or removed. In no circumstances will comments be posted that contain Social Security numbers, DoD ID numbers, OSI case numbers, addresses, email address or phone numbers. The default for the posting of comments is "anonymous", but if you opt not to, any information, including your login name, may be displayed on our site.

Thank you for taking the time to read this comment policy. We encourage your participation in our discussion and look forward to an active exchange of ideas.