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"Leadership and learning are indispensable to each other." - President John F. Kennedy
"There are no secrets to success. It is the result of preparation, hard work, and learning from failure."- Gen. (Ret) Colin Powell
"Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world." - Nelson Mandela
Check out some of the great professional podcasts from across AFMC!
The Contracting Experience
The Contracting Experience connects government contracting professionals to the world around them through conversations with acquisition influencers, insights into evolving hot topics, and by sharing lessons learned from the field.
Lab Life Podcast by AFRL
Supersonic flight. GPS. Space food. Big developments come out of the Air Force Research Laboratory. Lab Life brings you behind the scenes with the Air Force scientists, engineers and professionals who are developing tomorrow’s technology, today.
AFLCMC Leadership Log
The Air Force Life Cycle Management Center Leadership Log podcast lets listeners hear directly from senior leaders across the center as they share their insights and perspectives on topical issues of interest to our entire work force.
A podcast dedicated to the latest events and happenings on one of the largest Air Force bases, Tinker Talks features various perspectives from the 5,600-acre installation. This podcast shares stories, updates and insights on Tinker Air Force Base.
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Welcome to the Air Force Materiel Command Professional Library. This site contains diverse media recommended by command leadership to support the professional growth and leadership development of our people.
We are committed to our warfighter professional development. This site provides a list of books, podcasts, lectures, videos, discussions and more on topics that relate to Air Force and AFMC leadership focus areas. The content on this page will change regularly as new thoughts, concepts and ideas that influence how we think and operate emerge across the intellectual domain.
We encourage you to review this media with an open mind so that you can apply concepts to your personal and professional life across all areas. Our goal is for this Professional Library to spark critical thinking; deep conversations with fellow Airmen, colleagues, family members and friends; and ultimately, leadership skill development.
Our people are our most powerful asset; only by ensuring they have the tools and resources to learn and grow can we continue to be the most important command for the future.
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How to Be an Inclusive Leader: Your Role in Creating Cultures of Belonging Where Everyone Can Thrive*New!
By Jennifer Brown
The author provides a roadmap for leaders in how to create a culture that thrives.
The Culture Code *New!
By Daniel Coyle
Where does great culture come from? How do you build and sustain it in your group, or strengthen a culture that needs fixing?
The Inclusion Dividend *New!
By Mason Donovan and Mark Kaplan
Working effectively across differences such as gender, culture, generational, race, and sexual orientation not only leads to a more productive, innovative corporate culture, but also to a better engagement with customers and clients.
The Fearless Organization: Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth
By Amy C. Edmondson
Practical guidance for teams and organizations who are serious about success in the modern economy.
Inclusion: Diversity, the New Workplace & the Will to Change
By Jennifer Brown
The author shares strategies to empower members of the entire organization to utilize all of their talents and potential to drive positive organizational change and the future of work.
By Kim Scott
Radical Candor is about caring personally and challenging directly, about soliciting criticism to improve leadership and also providing guidance that helps others grow.
Inclusify: The Power of Uniqueness and Belonging to Build Innovative Teams
By Stefanie K. Johnson, Amanda Dolan, et al.
A management expert outlines the transformative leadership skill of tomorrow—one that can make it possible to build truly diverse and inclusive teams which value employees' need to belong while being themselves.
How to Be an Inclusive Leader: Creating Trust, Cooperation, and Community Across Differences
By Jennifer Brown
We know why diversity is important, but how do we drive real change at work? This is a step-by-step guide for the personal and emotional journey we must undertake to create an inclusive workplace where everyone can thrive.
The Leader's Guide to Unconscious Bias: How to Reframe Bias, Cultivate Connection, and Create High-Performing Teams
By Pamela Fuller (Author, Narrator), Mark Murphy (Author, Narrator), Anne Chow (Author, Narrator)
A must-have guide to understanding and overcoming bias in the workplace.
SysML Distilled: A Brief Guide to the Systems Modeling New!
By Lenny Delligatti
Delligatti illuminates SysML’s core components and provides practical advice to help you create good models and good designs.
The Success of Open Source New!
By Steven Weber
Open source's success in a highly competitive industry has subverted many assumptions about how businesses are run, and how intellectual products are created and protected..
Digital Transformation Is Not About Technology
By Behnam Tabrizi, Ed Lam, Kirk Girard, and Vernon Irvin, Harvard Business Review
The authors talk about the importance of including digital in the overall business strategy.
Digital Doesn’t Have to Be Disruptive
By Nathan Furr and Andrew Shipilov
The best results can come from adaptation rather than reinvention.
STUDY: Competing in Time
By William Greenwalt and Dan Patt, Hudson Institute
Study: The authors discuss the current budget planning process in the Department of Defense. Emerging technologies, especially information technologies, are central to future conflict and are largely commercial and globalized. The defense acquisition process and legacy defense industrial base approach struggle to accommodate timely adoption of these technologies, as evidenced by lengthy modern time cycles (more than ten years) for development and fielding of new-start weapon systems.
Getting Defense Acquisition Right New!
By Hon. Frank Kendall
In "Getting Defense Acquisition Right," Kendall shares a selection of his articles, statements, and correspondence in a logical progression that provides insight into where Defense acquisition has been and a greater understanding of the complex system in place today.
The Fifth Discipline New!
By Peter M. Senge
Senge describes how companies can rid themselves of the learning blocks that threaten their productivity and success by adopting the strategies of learning organizations, in which new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, collective aspiration is set free, and people are continually learning how to create the results they truly desire.
Polarity Management New!
By Barry Johnson
Some complex problems simply do not have solutions. The key to being an effective leader is being able to recognize and manage such problems. Polarity Management presents a unique model and set of principles that will challenge you to look at situations in new ways.
Ghost Fleet New!
By P.W. Singer and August Cole
A story of a novel war set in a not-to-distant future.
By P.W. Singer and August Cole
A novel of the real robotic revolution: An FBI agent hunts a new kind of terrorist through a Washington D.C. of the future.
Dare to Lead New!
By Brene Brown
Brown explores the concept of daring leadership in a culture defined by scarcity, fear, and uncertainty, which requires skill-building around traits that are deeply and uniquely human.
The Mentor Leader New!
By Tony Dungy
Football player and coach Tony Dungy shares the principles of mentor leadership that have helped him to lead many to success on and off the field.
Leading from Anywhere New!
By David Burkus
A guide to successfully leading remote teams from onboarding and acculturation to beyond.
To Boldly Go: Leadership, Strategy, and Conflict in the 21st Century and Beyond New!
By Jonathan Klug, Steven Leonard, and Maj. Gen. Mick Ryan (Foreword)
A multi-author exploration of leadership and strategy through the lens of classic science fiction.
The Hero Code
By Admiral William H. McRaven
The Hero Code is not a cypher, a puzzle, or a secret message. It is a code of conduct, lessons in virtues that can become the foundations of our character as we build a life worthy of honor and respect.
Why We Sleep
By Matthew Walker, PhD
Sleep expert Matthew Walker provides a revolutionary exploration of sleep, examining how it affects every aspect of our physical and mental well-being.
Leaders Eat Last
By Simon Sinek
Today, in many successful organizations, great leaders create environments in which people naturally work together to do remarkable things.
Beyond the Little Blue Book: Making Our Core Values Our Corps Values!
By Bob Vasquez
Retired Chief Master Sgt. Bob Vásquez helps to unpack the importance of the U.S Air Force Core Values and reminds readers why the commitment is worth the sacrifice.
Ego is the Enemy
By Ryan Holiday
The author educates readers on ways to be humble in aspirations, gracious in triumph, and resilient through failures. Insights are drawn from the ancient classical thinkers and Stoic philosophers, weaving in narratives of current politicians and business leaders.
Leadership Secrets of Attila the Hun
By Wess Roberts
The author explains how the legendary military commander's principles of leadership can be applied to contemporary business situations.
By John P. Kotter
The author provides a powerful new framework for competing and winning in a world of constant turbulence and disruption.
By Tasha Eurich
The author offers techniques and strategies to help readers be more self-aware and ways they can use this insight to be more fulfilled, confident, and successful in life and in work.
By Ed Catmull
A co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios offers an incisive book about creativity in business and leadership.
The Kill Chain
By Christian Brose
The future will be defined by artificial intelligence, autonomous systems, and other emerging technologies that are revolutionizing global industries and are now poised to overturn the model of American defense. This book confronts the existential risks on the horizon, charting a way for America's military to adapt and succeed with new thinking as well as new technology.
Measure What Matters
By John Doerr
Venture capitalist John Doerr reveals how the goal-setting system of Objectives and Key Results has helped tech giants from Intel to Google achieve explosive growth—and how it can help any organization thrive.
Talking to Strangers
By Malcolm Gladwell
Gladwell offers more thoughtful ways of behaving among strangers and advocates for people to embrace trust, rather than defaulting to distrust.
I’m Still Here
By Austin Channing Brown
From a leading voice on racial justice, an eye-opening account of growing up Black, Christian, and female that explores how white America’s efforts towards diversity often falls short of its ideals.
By Bob Burg
The author explores how changing focus from getting to giving, putting others' interests first and continually adding value to their lives, ultimately leads to unexpected returns.
By Jane McGonigal
An innovative guide to living more 'gamefully' and becoming more resilient.
Give and Take
By Adam Grant
A look at why our interactions with others hold the key to success.
The Bomber Mafia
By Malcolm Gladwell
The author explores how technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war.
By Ben Macintyre
How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory
Harvard Business Review
By Arthur Elliott Carlisle, in Organizational Dynamics
This story of an oil refinery manager and his unique management style was first published in Organizational Dynamics in 1976. The author describes how MacGregor developed a managerial system that required the self-development of his employees. He was able to motivate and satisfy his subordinates by pushing decision-making down the organizational level and putting them in learning situations.
WorkLife with Adam Grant – Adam Grant and guests help us to re-think and improve our experiences at work… where we spend 25% of our life!
War on the Rocks – Good defense and foreign policy discussions with subject matter experts. Don't miss the Feb. 1 episode with Maj. Gen. Tullos!
Revisionist History with Malcom Gladwell – Interesting perspectives on significant world events of the past.
Freakonomics – Stephen Dubner brings in world-renowned experts and weaves economics into today’s technology.
TED Radio Hour – Big thinkers and doers present talks on world events.
This American Life – Ira Glass (first podcast I ever listened to) cleverly weaves human interest events into must-listen and informative stories.
Hidden Brain with Shankar Vendantam – Using Science and and good storytelling, Shankar helps us understand human behavior and motives.
By Henry Kissinger
On China illuminates the inner workings of Chinese diplomacy during such pivotal events as the initial encounters between China and tight line modern European powers, the formation and breakdown of the Sino-Soviet alliance, the Korean War, and Richard Nixon’s historic trip to Beijing.
The Avoidable War
By Kevin Rudd
The Avoidable War demystifies the actions of both the U.S. and China, explaining and translating them for the benefit of the other. Geopolitical disaster is still avoidable, but only if these two giants can find a way to coexist without betraying their core interests through what Rudd calls “managed strategic competition”.
Destined for War
By Graham Allison
The U.S. and China are heading towards a war that neither wants. Clashing powers have kept the peace in the past, and there are steps both countries must take to avoid disaster today.
The Long Game
By Rush Doshi
The author examines China's grand strategy to disrupt American order.
Secretary of the Air Force China Reading List