Reawaken the American Spirit of Innovation in Your Organization
AIR AND SPACE POWER JOURNAL MAXWELL AFB AL
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Many people could argue that American national security and the development of airpower in particular have always depended on innovative individuals. Our service has a deep well of achievement from which to draw.1 The chief of staff of the Air Force has consistently stressed the need for all Airmen to embrace innovation. Have you asked yourself how to become innovative, or have you, as leaders, worked to create a culture conducive to innovation, simply defined as the introduction of something new Today we typically use the word in the context of solving a problem, meeting a need, or doing something better. Encouraging others to extend themselves beyond the present accepted paradigm and to think creatively may seem perplexing. It is easier than it first appears and can prove to be a rewarding experience. Beyond that, remaining satisfied with the status quo can lead to potentially grave consequences. This article addresses the importance of reinvigorating the innovative spirit that has historically marked the American people, particularly aviation pioneers. Furthermore, it provides methods that leaders, organizations, andindividuals may use to foster such efforts in the defense of our great nation and the furtherance of our Air Force.
- Military Forces and Organizations
- Military Operations, Strategy and Tactics