Chief's Corner - week of June 11
By Chief Master Sgt. Tamara Olson, 50th Mission Support Group
/ Published June 04, 2015
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- Be ready for change! Ok, I said it. Yes, change is coming. Change has happened. Change is happening. No kidding? There are three basic stages to change management, preparing for change, managing change and reinforcing change. Often times in the Air Force we do not get a chance to prepare for change. Sometimes we report for duty and there has been a policy change or program adjustment overnight. But we are always managing change. How can we all embrace change in an ever shifting environment? One of the best ways to embrace change is to maintain a positive attitude. Attitude will permeate an entire organization and affect daily activities and mission focus.
One of the most recent changes we experienced in the Air Force is the metamorphosis of the inspection system. The Air Force Inspection System revolutionized the inspection process and accountability. This is a perfect example of how the Air Force implemented change by following the three basic steps. All units knew we were transitioning to AFIS, and they did their best to disseminate information on the program and how it would work. The change was implemented, and the last step to reinforce the change is ongoing. This is seen in the ongoing communication and implementation of the Commander's Inspection Program.
When we can accept change, learn from it and become better from it, change is no longer the enemy. Change can lead to a better process, improved communications and promote unity. Whether you're someone who enjoys change and handles it quite well, or you hate it and are totally stressed out by it, all of us can benefit from embracing change more deliberately and supporting those around us as we go through changes in work and life.