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Leadership Gold training held for 72nd ABW Civilians

The inaugural training of the Dr. John C. Maxwell Leadership Gold Series took place at Tinker Air Force Base July 20, with plans for the training to continue and expand.

The training was provided to 15 employees of the 72nd Air Base Wing held in the General James E. Hill Conference Center.

Although hosted by the Civilian Mentoring Council, members of the Tinker Airmanship Team within the 72nd Force Support Squadron gave the presentations.

Maclain Cosby, supervisor of the civilian training, education and professional development office, gave a presentation titled “Keep Learning to Keep Leading,” encouraging attendees to take opportunities to continue to invest in themselves through training.

Program Manager Wakita Oliver gave a presentation titled “For Everything You Gain, You Give Up Something,” where she said there is not success without sacrifice, and discussed weighing tradeoffs when considering making career moves.

Program Manager Bryan Kaut gave a presentation titled “Leaders Distinguish Themselves During Tough Times,” where he discussed the pitfalls of trying to please everyone when making tough decisions, the criticism that comes with them and how to gain consensus for them.

Oliver, Kaut and Cosby attended training at the Profession of Arms Center of Excellence at Randolph Air Force Base, near San Antonio, Texas and brought the gold series training back to Tinker AFB.

Oliver said the TAT is open to give trainings to any group on base.

“Tinker (AFB) is very big on the Art of the Possible and improving your processes and we also need to make sure we’re improving our people,” Oliver said.

“That may be on a more personal level of course, but we know that if the person is not functioning well or feeling good in what they’re doing, it’s going to show in their work.”