Please demonstrate critical thinking abilities. No fewer than 250 words for post. Do not summarize the post and/or course concept(s), but perhaps comment on concepts directly applicable to your workplace.

For this response, should outside sources be used to support the content within the postings, proper in-text citations and correctly formatted references should be prepared consistent with the APA (6th edition). The list of references should be physically positioned at the end of the postings.

Share one of your SMART goals related to professional growth with a brief summary of your plan/steps to reach the goal. Review the courses you have taken during your MBA plan and comment on how your plan to reach the goal was enhanced by the knowledge you have gained.

“Formulating goals is the step that creates the bridge between dreaming and doing” (Rimm, 2013, p. 107). One of my SMART goals related to professional growth is to obtain a commission in the USAF (specific).

I’ve been an enlisted Airman since January 2010 and I feel that I’ve been very fortunate for the experiences I’ve been afforded as an enlisted member. Pursing a commission will allow me to experience another aspect of the military with increased duties and responsibilities from an officer perspective. The timeframe set for this goal would be to apply for a commission by my 10-year mark in the military (measurable/timely). Upon retirement, I’d be truly grateful to share my story with current and future Airmen while serving as both an enlisted noncommissioned officer and a commissioned officer. I’m currently signed up to take the Air Force Officer Qualitative Test (measurable) which is a nomination requirement. Upon completion of this course, I plan to read and study a practice test book that I purchased last month to help prepare for the test. Our installation Career Assistance Advisor is a person that I plan to meet with frequently to go over my career path and things to be considered when applying for this program. I’ve also been in contact with other prior-enlisted members who’ve commissioned in the past to gain their individual experience (attainable/realistic). Additionally, I have exceptional mentors that have also been a resource while helping me make career-based moves.

Throughout my MBA degree plan, I’ve learned numerous tools and techniques that have been applied to my career. In this course specifically and considering it the Capstone, I’m reminded that taking the time to read, research, evaluate, analyze and apply concepts are critical to any environment or task at hand. I’ve learned to never rush through any given task as it increases the chances of errors, mistakes and confusion. Asking questions also goes a long way. I’ve learned that no one is “out to get you” and simply asking a question for clarity truly goes a long way.


Rimm, A. (2013).The joy of strategy: A business plan for life.Brookline, MA: Bibliomotion, Inc.

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