“The best ideas emerge when very different perspectives meet.” In this episode, I cover my top 10 recommendations for what incoming squadron commanders should and should not do during the first 90 days of taking command. I take an alternative approach and don’t present my ideas in chronological format, but rather focus on the different groups you will interact with daily and how to forge those relationships early.
Here’s the rundown of my recommendations for what incoming squadron commanders should and should not do during the first 90 days of taking command. Listen to this week’s episode for a more in-depth explanation of each:
Have your leadership philosophy BEFORE you take command.
Internal to the squadron (Down)
- Share your leadership philosophy and tailor each delivery in targeted groups (ex: Leadership Triad, Amn, NCOs, SNCOs, Civs, Officers)
- Analyze the current squadron battle rhythm.
- Be Present.
With your peer squadron commanders (Across)
- If it doesn’t exist, establish a Fellowship of Sq/CCs
- Find a mentor Sq/CC, or look to serve as a mentor.
- Do not compete with one another.
With your wing commander (Up)
- Schedule an office call.
- Study the wing priorities and nest them with the squadron.
- Demand mentorship.
Final Takeaway for your first 90 days: Listen, Learn, Help, Lead.