Thursday, January 29, 2015

South Puget South Region Fire Program Succeeds

(left to right) Sean Kibbe, Brian Looper, Charley Burns, and Matt Caldwell
Congratulations to the Washington State Department of Natural Resources' South Puget Sound Region fire program on their recent achievement. They received a set of books for their participation in the 2014 IGNITE the Spark for Leadership - From the Field for the Field Contest. The contest was part of the Wildland Fire Leadership Campaign - The Resilient Team.

Become a part of the movement today and take the 2015 Wildland Fire Leadership Challenge: Follwership is Leadership.

2015 Wildland Fire Leadership Challenge logo

Food for Thought - Mastering Our Jobs

We fulfill our obligations by mastering our jobs, making sound and timely decisions, ensuring tasks can be done and are accomplished, and fostering this spirit of duty in subordinates. –Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, page 25
We fulfill our obligations by mastering our jobs, making sound and timely decisions, ensuring tasks can be done and are accomplished, and fostering this spirit of duty in subordinates.  – Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, page 25
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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Are You Up for the Challenge?

Followership to Leadership - Are you up for the challenge?

Challenge Background
The mission of the Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program (WFLDP) is “to promote cultural change in the workforce and to emphasize the vital importance of leadership concepts in the wildland fire service by providing educational and leadership development opportunities.” Since 2013, the WFLDP has challenged its followers to devote a portion of their leadership development efforts around a nationally-centered theme. Challenge themes have included "Leading with Courage" in 2013, "The Resilient Team" in 2014, and "Followership to Leadership" for 2015.

The purpose of the challenge is three-fold: (1) to foster a cohesive effort to promote leadership development across disciplines, (2) to provide a template that can be used to encourage leadership development at the local unit level, and (3) to provide a mechanism to collect innovative leadership development efforts and share across disciplines.

Every year, challenge organizers provide a reference guide with a suite of leadership activities local units can use to promote the theme. Facilitation of activities is voluntary; challenge participants are encouraged to develop their own activities with the hope they will share with others.

Wildland Fire Leadership Challenge logo

Who Can Take the Challenge?
What began as a challenge within the wildland fire service was broadened in 2015 to include any discipline willing to accept the challenge. The WFLDP sees the value in cross-cultural knowledge sharing and the contribution that this effort can have across disciplines.

All students of leadership, regardless of their affiliation to a wildland fire entity, are encouraged to participate and contribute to the development of the wider community. Members of the all-hazard community are highly encouraged to participate.

IGNITE the Spark for Leadership Contest
Throughout the nation, wildland fire leaders are building teams and developing their people using tools they have found or developed themselves. Imagine if students of leadership shared their experiences and successes with one another. Consider the possibility of going to a website such as the WFLDP and having a ready-made palette of leadership development tools from which to choose—items from the field for the field.

Using the spirit of healthy competition among wildland fire crews and personnel, the IGNITE the Spark for Leadership Contest is intended to be one of the mechanisms used to collect innovative leadership efforts to be shared across disciplines. The IGNITE the Spark for Leadership Contest is an optional component of the Wildland Fire Leadership Challenge and limited to entities with a tie to the wildland fire service.

Although the contest is limited to members of the wildland fire service, campaign organizers welcome the contributions of all participants. Activities received will be considered when populating the palette of leadership development tools.

Contest Winners
In 2013, the WFLDP selected Utah's Boulder County Sheriff's Office Special Operations, as winners of the IGNITE the Spark for Leadership Contest. Their program used a variety of learning opportunities such as survival training, sand table exercises, Leadership in Cinema, and keynote speakers. This effort involved 75 special operations personnel over an 11-month period. 

Ruby Mtn. IHC 2014 From the Field for the Field Award Winner banner

The 2014 winners are the Bureau of Land Management's Ruby Mountain Interagency Hotshot Crew (IHC) from Elko, Nevada. Ruby Mountain IHC fully incorporated the challenge into their 2014 fire season. Following the theme's key points, Ruby Mountain IHC built resiliency throughout their organization through such activities as a simulations, team building, and incorporating many tools from the Wildland Fire Leadership Toolbox such as Leadership in Cinema, experiential learning, and in-depth review of wildland fire accidents and incidents.

Are you up for the challenge? 
For more information and accept the challenge, download the 2015 Wildland Fire Leadership Challenge - Followership is Leadership Reference Guide (visit http://www.fireleadership.gov) or contact Pam McDonald at blm_fa_leadership_feedback@blm.gov or 208-387-5318. Together we can make a difference and IGNITE the Spark for Leadership!

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About the Author:
Pam McDonald is a writer/editor for BLM Wildland Fire Training and Workforce Development and Logistics/Social Media Administrator for the NWCG Leadership Subcommittee. The expressions above are those of the author.

Monday, January 26, 2015

Food for Thought - Good Leadership

Good leadership is never accidental. – Unknown
Good leadership is never accidental. – Unknown
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Friday, January 23, 2015

Giving Your Best



Are you giving your best effort? Those you work for, those who follow you, and those in your personal life deserve your best. In this Longhorn Network video, actor Matthew McConaughey speaks with members of the Texas Longhorn football team following a loss to Brigham Young University.

Video Highlights
  • Get to know your people.
  • Don't "preach" to your people; have a conversation with them.
  • Ask yourself why you do what you do.
  • Push yourself to be better than you think you can be.
  • Find a way to relax.
  • Be resilient and bounce back from diversities.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Food for Thought - Learning from Mistakes

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself. – Eleanor Roosevelt

Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself. – Eleanor Roosevelt
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Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Showing Up for Leadership



In this TedTalk video, Bruce Avolio shares his thoughts on how people show up for leadership. How do you show up as a leader?

  • Like an annointed king or queen?
  • Born?
  • Made?
  • With great expectations?
  • Owning your leadership role?
  • Going up and over the top?
  • With everyone?

Wildland Fire Leadership Challenge - Digging a Little Deeper

  • Watch the video and then analyze your leadership or discuss with others the following questions:
    • Do your subordinates have a sense of ownership for what they do?
    • Are your subordinates valued for what they do?
    • Do you bring out the best in those you lead?
    • Are you growing others?

Monday, January 19, 2015

Food for Thought - Molders of Consensus

A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
A genuine leader is not a searcher for consensus but a molder of consensus. – Martin Luther King, Jr.
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