To complete the mission sow the seeds of success

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  • By Lt. Col. Glenn Quanbeck
  • 31st Contracting Squadron Commander
In today's high ops tempo environment, mission success rests on our responsibility to sow and grow the seeds of success wherever planted. 

To sow these seeds you must make your first impression your best and live up to it. Do this by being respectful, be ready and on time, and look sharp. You should go the extra mile for your customers, coworkers and boss and don't expect anything in return. Just do your very best to serve. 

To do your very best, nurture the seeds of success. Pay attention to details, set goals, embrace change and establish your expectations. There is no substitute for hard work, perseverance, dedication and a positive attitude. Take the time to stop, check and reflect on how you're doing both personally and as a unit. And always keep your boss and customers informed on important matters. If a little voice inside your head asks, "Should I tell the boss?" then you probably should. Just be sure to find the right balance between not giving timely information and telling too much. 

Giving information also requires receiving information. Practice listening and success will come quickly. Listening is an art that lets other people know your focus is not on yourself, but on them. 

Success can only bloom and become great if you have a desire to serve others first. Robert Greenleaf first coined the phrase "servant-leadership" and described it as a "servant-leader is a servant first. It begins with the natural feeling that one wants to serve, to serve first." Our Air Force Core Values, specifically service before self is a great 
example of Mr. Greenleaf's ideas. 

Servant-leadership is important on and off duty. It's about looking after the needs of others before yours, without expecting anything in return. 

You don't have to look far to see great servant-leader commanders, shirts, superintendents and chiefs leading from the front, but it's within the context of our Air Force core values that the World's Finest shine through our civilian, Airman, NCO and CGO servant-leaders who lead every day and have sown and grown the seeds of success.