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Innovate Now: Winning with change

Innovate Now! (U.S. Air Force graphic/James Rainer)

Innovate Now! (U.S. Air Force graphic/James Rainer)

CAPE CANAVERAL AIR FORCE STATION, Fla. -- "Change will not come if we wait for some other person or some other time. We are the ones we've been waiting for. We are the change that we seek." -President Barack Obama

As members and supporters of the DOD, the one thing that we all know is: change is consistent. 

Whether we are assigned to a permanent change of station, or have a permanent change of an assignment or are tasked for temporary duty; we are always in a constant state of flux. 

So, how do we embrace the unknown and turn it into a way to "Win with change?"  We must embrace change and find ways to better ourselves and our organization. After being in the same position for a period of time, stagnation may occur.

Therefore, we have the opportunity to foster innovation, which is brought on by thinking outside of the common perspective and by bringing in fresh ideas.

We've all heard that we should challenge the status quo and speak up if we see inefficiency. It is up to us to find ways to improve processes and do our part to make improvements.  That means we have to look at how processes are currently being accomplished, find ways to improve them, implement a plan, and actually follow through with that plan. 

Yes, I just described the often mentioned Observe Orient Direct Act, often referred to as the OODA loop.  

We all know something that could be done more efficiently in our work center and we cannot wait for someone else to fix it.  We have been challenged by our leadership to implement change by using the tools we have now and it starts from the bottom up.


(Editor's note: This commentary is November's submission and part of a yearlong series from the Innovate Now Team.)