New Web site offers supervisor growth through e-learning tools

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  • By Kendahl Johnson
  • 78th Air Base Wing Public Affairs
Supervisors now have online access to a robust collection of continuous learning tools.

The Supervisor Resource Center is a Community of Practice site that offers an assortment of Air Force e-learning tools, such as training courses, books, simulations, exercises and job-aids, and the resources to help supervisors guide the development of employees interested in a supervisory career path.

"The site provides a litany of excellent tools for both new and seasoned supervisors," said Mark Brotherton, Resources and Planning Branch chief. "It's a really nice place to go to shop for information and gain experience and knowledge."

One of the highlights of the site, which can be found at, is the Leadership KnowledgeCenter. This area provides numerous resources for supervisors including:

  -- Featured Topic -- updated monthly, it contains a suggested reading, a course spotlight, a leadership challenge, a brief presentation of a situation or problem that asks the learner to think of a solution before consulting recommended solutions and more.

-- Business Impact and Challenge Series -- a set of concise, scenario-based vignettes designed to engage the learner in rich content that enables problem analysis and solution definition.

-- Practice Zone and Labs -- a variety of learning assets designed to meet the needs of different learners. Users can access hands-on, interactive assets that let them put growing skills to the test in realistic situations.

-- SkillSoft Courses -- a set of courses and aids with specific focus areas such as building improved working relationships, leading the workforce generation, giving effective presentations, and effective use of feedback.

-- Books 24x7 -- topical references from the books library on a wide variety of leadership subjects. Other highlights of the site include Knowledge Nuggets, where subject matter experts in various leadership areas impart wisdom via videos, a discussion forum, and access to mandatory first-time supervisory training.

Brotherton said one of the neat things about the site is that users are invited to submit content they feel will benefit others.

"There is already a great foundation, but the future is limitless," he said. "As more and more people get involved with it, I expect it to really continue to grow. There are endless possibilities."

Brotherton said he is impressed with the development of the site and expects it to have a major impact in helping supervisors improve and grow.

"The people behind this site are dedicated and sincere," he said. "It's not going to be one of those sites where they just float it out there and wish everyone good luck. They really want to groom this thing and help it grow in a positive and professional manner."