Posted on Nov 28, 2014
SSgt Security Forces
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While recently being mentored by a MSgt, I was told in order to become a better Airman, I needed to make the decision.

As a lead for my duty section I posted this on our white board and of course, received some flak for it from a few of the NCOs as it came off as "corny".

I was curious if this was common for others as I would think having one of your younger servicemen trying to engender a top down message would be a good thing. I wouldn't post it if I didn't believe in what I was told but it seems as though inspiring the betterment of people has just become a vacant notion.
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COL Jason Smallfield, PMP, CFM, CM
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Simple truths can sometimes come off as corny but that does not take away from the simplicity, directness, or accuracy of the message. A younger serviceman trying to engender a top down message is a good thing. In this case I recommend that you do not give in to the peer pressure from a few of your fellow NCOs.
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Capt Richard P.
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SSgt (Join to see) the flak is likely subtle jealousy or embarrassment that someone junior to them is more engaged as a leader than they. That said words (even written on a public whiteboard) are cheap. Continue to set the example by your actions and your words will ring true.
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PO3 Jonathan Cooper
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The first thing you can do is not freak out if your NCos look at it as "corny" because there's a good chance another NCO feel the same and acts. Keep improving personally and professionally and you'll make a better leader because of it.
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