Want to be more effective this year? Start by considering these tips:
(success principle number 1: How you think is everything: Always be positive. Think success, not failure. Beware of negative environment.)
--Use interteam competition to boost morale and results.
It worked for Eddie Rickenbacker, commander of the 94th Aero Squadron in France, during World War I.
Known as the “ace of aces” for shooting down dozens of German enemy planes, Rickenbacker took command of the squadron soon after morale hit its lowest ebb.
The squadron's former commander had been killed in action. Combat losses were mounting and pilots were being killed in noncombat crashes due to poor maintenance of planes.
“The squadron was dependent on equipment provided by the French, as American airplanes weren't available,” then Major General William Cohen recalls. “ Pilots felt they weren't getting the best equipment.”
Upon taking command, Rickenbacker threw down a challenge.“First I called the pilots together. I pointed out that our airplanes were the same as other squadrons at the front, including the French,”
Rickenbacker said later. “ I asked them whether they felt that the French were pilots. When they indicated they felt the 94th Aero Squadron had the best pilots at the front, I challenged them to prove it through competition with the other squadrons. It was simple to keep score. Whichever squadron shot the most planes down was the winner.”
He then met with his ground crew and emphasized their importance in battle. “I said that without them, the pilots might as well stay on the ground,” Richenbacker recalled. He explained that his pilots were competing with Allied squadrons, and challenged his men on the ground to face off against Allied maintenance crews.
随后，他与地面后勤人员见面，强调他们在战斗中的最要性。 “我说，没有他们，飞行员就只能待在地面，” 瑞肯波克回忆道。他解释说飞行员们正在与盟军的其它飞行中队比赛，并让地面支持人员也同盟军的地面维护队员进行比赛，看谁的维护工作做得更好。
The outcome hinged on the “number of aircraft fit for flight and the number of accidents due to maintenance. I knew from my racing days that competition works,” Rickenbacker said.
The 94th squadron became an airborne juggernaut, one of the most successful fighting units in history.