Veteran Profile: Diana Nakelski

November 6, 2014

Current Honeywell title and location: Supervisor, Honeywell Global Data Center in Redmond, Wash.

Position in the military: Air Traffic Controller Specialist, U.S. Army

Length of military service: Five years

Length of time at Honeywell: Five years, six months

What did you learn from your years in the service that helps you perform your job today?

In the Army I learned what it takes to complete a mission. It takes a good strategic plan, dedication, sacrifice and a team effort. I truly realized the meaning of being surrounded by a solid group of people for support, encouragement and completing the task successfully. I also learned the importance of delegating and trusting each person to take responsibility for their assigned task. When everybody does their part, the accomplishments are far greater and rewarding then trying to accomplish it on your own. Another meaningful lesson I learned was working with people with different personalities and backgrounds. It is imperative to know how everybody learns and takes instruction a different way. Serving in the military has helped me as a supervisor to appreciate diversity, looking at projects from another perspective, the importance of delegating and how important it is to have a strong team in addition to the significance of making those around you better will result in making the team stronger, which trust builds and flows both ways and when that is established anything can be accomplished.