Professional Library




Thoughts on Learning

"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!

TCE logoThe 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 LogoLab 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.

LL podcast logoAFLCMC 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.

TT podcast logoTinker Talks

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 AFMC Professional Library

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.

One AFMC...powering the world's greatest Air Force. 

Leadership Recommendations

From AFMC Commander, Gen. Arnold W. Bunch, Jr. :

The Servant thumbnailThe Servant:  A Simple Story About the True Essence of Leadership
By James C. Hunter

The timeless principles of servant leadership unfold through the story of a businessman whose life and career is spiraling out of control.


The Art of Racing in the Rain ThumbnailThe Art of Racing in the Rain
By Garth Stein

Insights to what it means to be 'human' told from the perspective of man's best friend.


Team of Teams thumbnailTeam of Teams: New Rules of Engagement for a Complex World
By Gen. (Ret.) Stanley McChrystal

A manual for leaders looking to make their teams more adaptable, agile, and unified in the midst of change.


Generations at WorkGenerations at Work
By Ron Zemke

Generations at Work looks at the root causes of professional conflict and offers practical guidelines for navigating multigenerational differences. 











From Lt. Gen. Carl Schaefer, AFMC Deputy Commander:

Ego is the EnemyEgo 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 SecretsLeadership 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.


XLR8 thumbnailXLR8
By John P. Kotter

The author provides a powerful new framework for competing and winning in a world of constant turbulence and disruption.


Insight thumbnailInsight
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.


Creativity, Inc thumbnailCreativity, Inc.
By Ed Catmull

A co-founder of Pixar Animation Studios offers an incisive book about creativity in business and leadership.


The Kill Chain thumbnailThe 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 mattersMeasure 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 thumbnailTalking 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 thumbnailI’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.


The Go-GiverThe Go-Giver
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.


Super Better thumbnailSuper Better
By Jane McGonigal

An innovative guide to living more 'gamefully' and becoming more resilient.

From Patricia Young, AFMC Executive Director:

speed of trust thumbnailSpeed of Trust
By Steven Covey

The author shows how trust—and the speed at which it is established with clients, employees, and all stakeholders—is the single most critical component of a successful leader and organization.


still here thumbnailI’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.


5 dysfunctionsThe Five Dysfunctions of a Team 
By Patrick Lencioni

 A powerful narrative that reveals the five dysfunctions which go to the very heart of why teams, even the best ones, often struggle.


HBR logoLeading an Exhausted Workforce
By Robin Abrahams and Boris Groysberg, Harvard Business Review

The authors share steps to foster healthy coping mechanisms and discourage unhealthy ones; help ward off some of the typical mistakes that people make under pressure; and ensure you don’t cause additional anxiety on top of what people are already dealing with.

Recommendations from Chief Master Sgt. David Flosi:

Give and TakeGive and Take
By Adam Grant

A look at why our interactions with others hold the key to success.


Bomber mafiaThe Bomber Mafia
By Malcolm Gladwell

The author explores how technology and best intentions collide in the heat of war.


operation mincemeatOperation Mincemeat
By Ben Macintyre

How a Dead Man and a Bizarre Plan Fooled the Nazis and Assured an Allied Victory


on chinaOn China
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. 



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.









On Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Accessibility:

Fearless organization thumbnailThe 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 thumbnailInclusion: 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.



Radical Candor thumbnailRadical Candor
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.


InclusifyInclusify: 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.


inclusive leaderHow 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. 


leader's guideThe 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.


Get 'Digital' smart:

HBR logoDigital 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.

HBR logoDigital Doesn’t Have to Be Disruptive
By Nathan Furr and Andrew Shipilov

The best results can come from adaptation rather than reinvention.

hudson institute think tank logoSTUDY:  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.

Title details for Switch by Chip Heath - Wait listSwitch: How to Change Things When Change is Hard 
By Chip and Dan Heath

The authors bring together decades of counterintuitive research in psychology, sociology, and other fields to shed new light on how we can effect transformative change. 


Title details for The Experiment That Succeeded How a Government Startup Beat Amazon, Leveraged Innovation History and Changed Air Force Culture by PhD Brian E.A. The Experiment that Succeeded 
By Brian “Beam” Maue

 In The Experiment That Succeeded, the AFWERX founder chronicles the principles and practices AFWERX used during its startup years to realize its remarkable achievements.