Building your professional toolbox

By Air Force Col. Patrick Miller
Special to GUIDON

My name is Colonel Pat Miller, and I am a professional thief. I have been doing it for 19 years, and I’m not worried about being caught.

Now you may be thinking, how is this possible? Thievery goes against our core values. You may even want me to be held accountable in accordance with the Uniform Code of Military Justice. I argue the opposite. Because of a commitment to “Excellence in All We Do,” I better myself and others by stealing. The real question you need to ask is, what is it that I so boldly confess to stealing? I’m a collector of leadership styles, problem solving techniques, and a myriad of other intellectual items. I watch. I listen. I process and learn. And then, I apply whatever tool is right for the moment at hand.