Commander's Corner- November 2016

  • Published
  • By Colonel Peter W. Bickel
Our 166th Medical Group is responsible for providing equipped, knowledgeable and skilled Airmen to support our wing, state and nation. These medical Airmen are dedicated and trained to serve you. In the spirit of the minuteman, we need to be always ready.

At the start of our health care careers we went through a curriculum to earn how to do what we do to maintain or improve the human condition. We learned anatomy or how the body is built, physiology or how the body should work, pathology or the cause and progression of disease, and treatment or the ways we can fix the body or alter disease.

In other words, there was an approach or a template we employed to be effective in our work. Certainly, you have done the same in your field of endeavor.

The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, which follow, can provide you with an approach or a template for your personal and professional lives.

1. Be Proactive: Get started. You are responsible for results.
2. Begin With the End in Mind: Determine your vision. Use your resources on what you can control.
3. Put First Things First: Prioritize. Schedule your most important things
first, and then schedule around them with your lower priority things second or third.
4. Think “Win-Win”: Nobody knows it all or effectively goes it alone. Consider the adage, “You can get everything in life you want, if you will just help enough other people get what they
want in life.”
5. Seek First to Understand, Then to Be Understood: Effectively communicate at all levels.
6. Synergize: Diversity works; seek out people with different points of view.
7. Sharpen the Saw: Make time to improve and rejuvenate yourself.

You may already have an approach or a template that helps you to be more effective in your personal and professional
lives. However, if you are looking for a new approach, the Seven
Habits of Highly Effective People may be for you.

Important information to know:
•Access your Individual Medical Readiness (IMR) via the Air Force
•Get your Flu Shot at the Medical Group over the RSD.