Chief’s Corner - week of Oct. 30
By Chief Master Sgt. James Herkel, 50th Security Forces Squadron
/ Published October 27, 2014
SCHRIEVER AIR FORCE BASE, Colo. -- "CMSgt Playbook"
To dispel the myth right up front, there is no such thing as a CMSgt Playbook.
However, I think it's safe to say the majority of chiefs have used a certain code or set of rules to guide them in their day-to-day conduct and career decisions. I am most certainly no exception to that. Full disclosure: I didn't come up with these on my own, I learned them from many mentors along the way, which is the first bit of advice I'll offer.
1. Be humble and open to the idea that you can learn something from everybody with whom you interact. Keep a notepad in your side pocket to jot down those good ideas and lessons. Many of them are fleeting and if you don't write them down, chances are they'll be lost forever.
2. Surround yourself with good people. This one I learned from my Grandma. Actually, her words were "don't hang out with idiots." You get the point. We all tend to perform to the level of those around us. Therefore, it makes good sense to befriend people who are smart, fit and committed to the mission.
3. Be loyal. Loyalty works in both directions, and it begins with mutual trust and mutual respect. To be trusted and respected, one must first be trustworthy and respectable. Make good decisions that will properly represent yourself, your unit and the Air Force.
4. If you're in charge, then you're responsible for whatever happens or fails to happen. Accept responsibility appropriately and professionally and don't make excuses.
5. Don't delegate upwards. If you're in charge, then it's your responsibility to make the hard decisions, but don't accept risks above your pay grade.
And my personal favorite,
6. Ask yourself if you're the problem.