/ Published October 23, 2018
LEADING A DISCUSSION WITH YOUR AIRMEN ON
“Airmanship: Are You a Johnny Bravo?”
(Command Teams: Use this template to customize your discussion)
Download the template HERE
BACKGROUND INFORMATION FOR COMMAND TEAM MEMBERS:
Introduction – Lieutenant Colonel Mike “Johnny Bravo” Drowley is an A-10 attack pilot who strives to lead with empathy.
This discussion addresses the Air Force Institutional Competencies of “Embodies Airmen Culture” (Subcompetency: Warrior Ethos) and “Leading People” (Subcompetencies: Develops and Inspires Others and Takes Care of People). Understanding our history and heritage are an integral component to mission accomplishment.
Main Points –
1. Understand who Lieutenant Colonel Drowley is as an Airman
2. Explore how Colonel Drowley strives to lead with empathy
3. Discuss how Colonel Drowley’s story relates to us as Airmen
1. There Are Some Fates Worse Than Death: Mike Drowley at TEDxScottAFB Video (15:48)
2. Leadership – Are you a Johnny Bravo?
Additional resources / links –
1. Simon Sinek:
2. Sinek, Simon (2017). Leaders Eat Last: Why Some Teams Pull Together and Others Don’t. New York: Penguin Group.
THINGS FOR COMMAND TEAM MEMBERS TO CONSIDER AHEAD OF TIME:
· Goal: To increase communication among command teams and their Airmen to facilitate trust and team building. This lesson will facilitate that goal while discussing a specific topic with a small group members of your unit.
· Questions for Command Teams to discuss:
o Why do you think this conversation is important?
o What do you want your Airmen to walk away from this discussion with?
o What group will you be discussing this topic with (i.e., First-Term Airmen, CGOs, NCOs/SNCOs, civilians, supervisors, flight commanders)?
o What forum will you be discussing this in (i.e. as part of a staff meeting, at a stand-alone event, at a commander’s call, during a brown-bag lunch session)?
o Who will lead the discussion? Which Command Team members have a role?
· For additional information on how to facilitate discussions, recommend reviewing the Facilitator’s Guide under the “Leading Squadron-Centered Learning” tab.
LEADING THE DISCUSSION:
· Introduction – What we’re going to talk about today and why
· Goal – to keep the importance of teambuilding in the forefront of our minds
· Timeframe – 30 minutes
· Part I – Watch the TEDx Talk video.
· Part II – Discussion: Review the questions for thought and questions for discussion to develop your own questions specific to your organization.
o SAMPLE DISCUSSION QUESTION 1: Who is Lieutenant Colonel Mike Drowley?
o SAMPLE DISCUSSION QUESTION 2: How does he lead with empathy?
o SAMPLE DISCUSSION QUESTION 3: How does his story relate to us as Airmen even though we’re not all A-10 attack pilots?
· Part III – What do you want your Airmen to walk away with? Do you want to challenge them to take action or change their behavior or step out of their comfort zone as a result of this lesson?
· Additional Discussion Questions –
o How did Colonel Drowley’s story inspire you?
o What did he mean by “There are fates worse than death?”
o Where can we learn more about leading with empathy? (Short video by author Brene Brown here)
o Next step: If you are interested, let’s take 2-3 weeks to read Simon Sinek’s “Leaders Eat Last” and follow up with another session in a month