by Master Sgt. Patricia F. Moran
145th airlift Wing Public Affairs
12/16/2015 - CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Airmen
and Soldiers from the North Carolina National Guard were given an
opportunity to enhance their professional development by attending
training held at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base, Charlotte
Douglas International Airport, Dec. 11.
Two courses, Four Lenses & Enhancing Human Capital training was
offered to technical sergeants through chief master sergeants.
Over 100 Airmen and 10 Soldiers from around the state attended the
course with N.C. State Command Chief Master Sgt. Maurice Williams and
N.C. State Diversity Coordinator, Chief Master Sgt. Salvatore Pecorella
leading the way.
The Four Lenses course is an assessment tool designed to help
participants discover individual personality styles, preferences and
what motivates them. The principles learned in this course empower
participants to better understand and work with individuals of different
personality types by opening lines of communication and reducing
By utilizing hands-on practical assessments, participants learn a better
way to understand why people think, feel and act the way they do. This
in turn will aid in learning better ways to interact with different
"It's not about you, it's about everybody. It's finding ways that will
make your team high performers and being able to bring every individual
to their full potential." said Pecorella.
Lt. Col. Kevin Basik, Air Force representative to the Secretary of
Defense for Military Professionalism, traveled from Washington D.C. to
talk with these guardsmen about better ways to interact both as a fellow
airman/soldier and supervisor.
"Understanding how to communicate with Airmen is one way to be a successful leader," said Basik.
Each person completes a personality assessment. This assessment
pinpoints a primary temperament which is color-coded as gold, green,
blue and orange. After completing the color assessment, participants are
divided into their color groups to complete an exercise designed to
identify their common traits, which are then compared with the traits
belonging to the other color groups.
"We all have a blend of each color, however each of us has one primary
color that describes our values, shows the things that really motivate
us and what sets us off," said Pecorella.
The Four Lenses course is about learning to adapt one's color-style with
others and helps each individual to remain flexible and better able to
compromise and reach solutions. This will result in achieving mission
goals and conflict resolution that will help each person in their
professional and personal lives.
Understanding why humans make decisions and how perceptions drive
decisions is a vital requirement for leaders. The Enhancing Human
Capital presentation deliberately offers and examines how
professionalism is the bridge that connects our Core Values to the
overall Air Force mission.
"It's the Airmen who accomplish the mission. There's a psychology
associated with inspiring, engaging and elevating Airmen. This is an
opportunity for us to focus on what connects with people, what moves
people to action, and what helps leaders accomplish the mission. It is
only through people that commanders can pull off a successful mission,"