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Things I've learned in almost 22 years:
If your rank and position can't solve a problem by making a simple request, it's not your problem to solve.
If you feel someone may make you lose your composure, go to the parking lot. Get in your car. Maybe stop for beer and steaks. Go home. Maybe try again tomorrow. Maybe don't. Unless you're deployed, nothing in the AF is that important.


In general, I would agree, but sometimes you don’t have the luxury of passing it off to someone else, especially if your leadership has decided the task is yours alone to complete.

The most difficult cases I’ve had usually fell in one of two categories: 1) the request is made laterally to someone of equal rank/position, or 2) it’s made to an outside agency...sometimes a combination of the two.

Both require people skills to get your desired outcome. Dale Carnegie’s “How to Make Friends and Influence People” is a great generic guide to both. Finding a way to “sell” your request as being mutually beneficial, or even just beneficial to the person you’re dealing with, is an art form, but yields great results.

It’s amazing how far people will go to help you if they actually like you - even mediocre performers.

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41 minutes ago, daynightindicator said:

 


In general, I would agree, but sometimes you don’t have the luxury of passing it off to someone else, especially if your leadership has decided the task is yours alone to complete.

The most difficult cases I’ve had usually fell in one of two categories: 1) the request is made laterally to someone of equal rank/position, or 2) it’s made to an outside agency...sometimes a combination of the two.

Both require people skills to get your desired outcome. Dale Carnegie’s “How to Make Friends and Influence People” is a great generic guide to both. Finding a way to “sell” your request as being mutually beneficial, or even just beneficial to the person you’re dealing with, is an art form, but yields great results.

It’s amazing how far people will go to help you if they actually like you - even mediocre performers.

 

Kill them with kindness. Just counseled a SNCO picked up for OTS. She got into it with a SFS NCO at the visitor center. An A1C had to break them up. I told the SNCO, how would you like working a shift having to deal with parents, trainees, enlisted, and officers for 12 hours? Put yourself in their shoes. Even if the other person was in the wrong, walk away. Don't let the situation escalate. They detained her butt.

My boss told me the Gp/CC wants to be told about things in the blotter like this scenario. I was like WTF? Dude is a micromanager. Got it.

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17 minutes ago, Shazaam said:

Kill them with kindness..... Even if the other person was in the wrong, walk away. Don't let the situation escalate. 

Good advice, although a bit ironic given your various posts of the past few hours.

 

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36 minutes ago, tac airlifter said:

Hosting someone to Q&A a thread is an interesting concept.  We could do a reddit style AMA except over a few days so the responder has time to actually think about replies.  Good idea!

Unfortunately the rest of this post is less constructive.  I gave you some feedback bro, take it or leave it.  Cheers.

I actually really like that idea as well. Can we get General Chang as a guest AMA? 

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1 hour ago, FLEA said:

I actually really like that idea as well. Can we get General Chang as a guest AMA? 

Maybe a Q&A on bullets and push lines from someone who has sat on a board. We need a section dedicated to it. Where solid information doesn't get lost in all the comments because they aren't allowed. Also, you must be a member for x number of months to unlock access.

Army reprimands retired four-star general in alleged groping incident from 25 years ago

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/06/13/army-reprimands-retired-general-allegedly-groping-officers-wife/2909438002/

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On 6/12/2019 at 5:39 PM, Danger41 said:

Thanks, Panch. We’ve got a Vegas rejoin this weekend after WIC grad and I CANNOT overstate the 777 maintenance.

Danger you got some drinks coming boy!!! The draws are hitting and the fish are biting thanks boys!!! 

***PLEASE NO REP***

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11 hours ago, Danger41 said:

Don’t worry about me. I’m a lost cause. Bashi on the other hand is the golden goose. I’ve personally witnessed him in the depths of a 36 hour hold-em binge down 2 grand end up making good profits through sheer force of will alone. Will and somehow making a rage bet on Minnesota vs New Orleans and winning compliments of the “Minneapolis Miracle”. 

 

Whatever...

My name is GKinnear, and I'm a downvoter.

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10 hours ago, Shazaam said:

Maybe a Q&A on bullets and push lines from someone who has sat on a board. We need a section dedicated to it. Where solid information doesn't get lost in all the comments because they aren't allowed. Also, you must be a member for x number of months to unlock access.

Army reprimands retired four-star general in alleged groping incident from 25 years ago

https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2019/06/13/army-reprimands-retired-general-allegedly-groping-officers-wife/2909438002/

This article is sort of bull shit because it really doesn't mean anything. Did the 4 star backpay 25 years of retirement? Did he receive a change in discharge? What came of this at all and why wasn't it reported 25 years ago? All this amounts to is a PR feel good story that the Army is trying to do something about sexual assault while at the same time not actually doing anything. Sounds like the aircrew crisis task force....

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On 6/13/2019 at 7:57 PM, FLEA said:

I actually really like that idea as well. Can we get General Chang as a guest AMA? 

Chang was better. 

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On 6/13/2019 at 2:57 PM, FLEA said:

I actually really like that idea as well. Can we get General Chang as a guest AMA? 

 

16 hours ago, HU&W said:

Chang was better. 

In!  Guaranteed to be highly entertaining.

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