AFCM – Recognizing Distinguished Air Force Personnel Service

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Air Force Commendation Model

A business consultant based in Dallas, Texas, Anthony “Tony” Hartman has worked with some of the nation’s top agencies, including the US Department of Defense, the Federal Aviation Administration, and NASA. An Air Force veteran, Anthony Hartman of Dallas, Texas, was awarded an Air Force Commendation Model (AFCM) for meritorious service.

The AFCM was authorized for award in March 1958 to Air Force officers who distinguished themselves in service. Award recipients, usually personnel below the rank of brigadier general, must have served honorably and achieved distinctive merit or acted courageously without willful risk of life.

The medal is made of bronze and shaped in a hexagon. At the center is the Air Force seal; an eagle perched atop a baton, wings spread open. Below the seal is a shield flanked by flyer’s wings on the left and right sides, and eight lightning bolts behind.

Authorized devices include a bronze oak leaf cluster for additional awards of the AFCM and a “v” device for distinguished service in the face of hostility.


A Few Tips for Attempting a Double Black Diamond Ski Run

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Double Black Diamond

Dallas, Texas, business consultant Anthony Hartman has spent the last two decades working with clients on matters such as risk analysis and project turnaround, as well as general management. Anthony Hartman earned a master of business administration from the University of South Dakota Graduate School of Business. Beyond his Dallas business, Tony Hartman enjoys skiing, hiking, and other outdoor activities.

A double black diamond ski run represents the pinnacle of difficulty and achievement for skiers. These trails should only be attempted by highly experienced individuals. In fact, many ski resorts do not offer trails with a difficulty rating beyond black diamond. A skier who has mastered the black diamond and is considering taking on a greater challenge may find the following tips helpful.

First, skiers should physically be in top midseason form when they take on a double black diamond run. It is not advisable to attempt the most difficult, physically taxing runs with out-of-shape legs, especially if it is the first day of the season. Physical endurance is particularly important on narrow, steep trails that require skiers to make quick, short turns to maintain a controllable speed.

In terms of skills, individuals must not forget to follow skiing basics at the double black diamond level. For instance, good posture and weight distribution can spell the difference between a successful run and an unfortunate fall. Finally, skiers are advised to scout double black diamond trails in advance of hitting the slopes, especially before making their first attempt. A few things to scout for include cliffs, rocks, trees, moguls, and other hazards that require special maneuvering.

Hikers Are More Creative and Are Happier


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A licensed private pilot, Anthony ‘Tony’ Hartman from Dallas, Texas, is a business consultant who serves on the boards of various private companies. A healthy living enthusiast, Dallas resident Anthony Hartman enjoys hiking.

Doctors agree that hiking is one of the healthiest outdoor activities there is. Not only does it burn a ton of calories, it lowers blood pressure, prevents cardiovascular disease, and lowers the risk of diabetes and stroke. Here are two non-health-related benefits of hiking researchers recently discovered:

1) Hiking boosts creativity. Research published on the journal PLOS ONE showed that getting immersed in nature for four days, away from all the distractions of modern-day technology, can boost creativity and problem-solving skills by up to 50 percent. In another study, researchers from Stanford University found that participants were more creative when they were walking in nature versus when they were seated.

2) Hiking makes you happier. A study published by the National Institute of Health found that consistent group hiking reduced depression, hopelessness, and suicide ideation in people who had previously attempted suicide.

Study Published in INFORMS Journal Reveals Detriment of Stretch Goals

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Institute for Operations Research & Management Sciences

Dallas-based business consultant Anthony “Tony” Hartman possesses more than 20 years of experience in the field. Over the course of his career, Anthony Hartman of Dallas has become familiar with a range of business practices, and he has been a repeated lecturer and presenter at such professional events and organizations as the Institute for Operations Research & Management Sciences (INFORMS).

Recently, INFORMS, the leading international association for the operations research and analytics industry, published the results of a study entitled Stretch Goals and the Distribution of Organizational Performance. This study was conducted by researchers at the University of New South Wales Business School and the Sloan School of Management at MIT, among others, and was published in INFORMS’s journal Organization Science.

Participants in the study were assigned moderate or stretch goals relating to the management of the computer-based business simulation program People Express. Roughly 80 percent of the individuals who were assigned stretch goals failed to meet these goals. Performance among these individuals was not significantly higher than among the individuals who were assigned moderate goals. Further, many of the individuals in the stretch goals group either abandoned their assigned stretch goals to adopt more reasonable self-set goals or worked toward a survival goal to avoid bankruptcy.

In addition to these results, the study found that assigning stretch goals was associated with larger performance shortfalls, lower risk-adjusted performance, reduced commitment to assigned goals, and larger performance variation between organizations.

Based on the study, researchers believe that most organizations do not benefit from setting stretch goals for managers. Large companies with a higher risk tolerance may still prefer setting these types of goals because they are more capable of handling the potential drop in performance. Meanwhile, family-owned and medium-sized businesses may struggle with the fallout and are better suited for moderate goals.