Death to the Desk Phone

Death to the Desk Phone

After a decade in the Air Force I finally realized what a huge waste of time the desk phone has become.  It’s a paperweight.  It’s a plastic mess.  It’s an unnecessary piece of garbage that we insist on using in 2019. I’m not saying instant...
Guarantee Yourself a Sabbath Day

Guarantee Yourself a Sabbath Day

A little over 3,300 years ago Moses is reported to have received one of the greatest secrets to success of all time, the Fourth Commandment of his religion:  “Remember the Sabbath Day, to keep it holy.”This commandment has been practiced indirectly by...
Ego and Fear: Enemies at Work and at Home

Ego and Fear: Enemies at Work and at Home

The human ego is so big that it has its own manifest destiny: it wants to spread from sea to shining sea…from one’s conscience throughout the universe.  The overwhelming majority of human egos are like this.   As such, we humans tend to worry more often...
Point to Your Policies

Point to Your Policies

What’s the point of having pages upon pages of written policy if nobody every references them? Whether bureaucracy, corpocracy, non-profit, or just-plain business, most organizations have written policies that guide how they do business.  In the Air Force we...

Why Shit Always Rolls Downhill

My fellow Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines always talk about how shit rolls downhill.  It’s a fitting metaphor. This refers, of course, to the administrative and task-saturated nightmare that gets created in any bureaucracy, let alone...
The Optimal “Use” of an Ops Director

The Optimal “Use” of an Ops Director

Most squadrons across the US Air Force have what’s called a DO: the director of operations.  This person is usually a senior Captain or Major by rank, and reports directly to the Commander, often a Lieutenant Colonel. In well-functioning organizations the DO...