Thursday, January 19, 2017

IGNITE: The Power of Listening

Why is it so difficult to realize that others are more likely to listen to us if first we listen to them? – Coach John Wooden (Wildland firefighter with drip torch on a flowery slope with downed, burning trees and smoke)
Why is it so difficult to realize that others are more likely to listen to us if first we listen to them? – Coach John Wooden
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[Photo: Baker River IHC]

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

"The Un-Comfort Zone"

THE UN-COMFORT ZONE with Robert Wilson
Leadership vs. Power

Mt. Vernon
(Mt. Vernon; photo credit: Pam McDonald)
King George III asked Benjamin West, his American painter, what George Washington would do if he prevailed in the Revolutionary War. West replied, “He will return to his farm.” The British monarch incredulously said, “If he does that, he will be the greatest man in the world.” On December 23, 1783, Washington did just that and retired to Mount Vernon – despite the encouragement of many to stay in power. Despite the willingness of Americans to crown him king. Thirteen years later, he would do it once again.

Monday, January 16, 2017

IGNITE: The Truth About Power

Leaders rarely use their power wisely or effectively over long periods unless they are supported by followers who have the stature to help them do so. – Ira Chaleff (Hotshot crew hiking along a ridge)
Leaders rarely use their power wisely or effectively over long periods unless they are supported by followers who have the stature to help them do so. – Ira Chaleff

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Thursday, January 12, 2017

IGNITE: An Unbeatable Combination

Followers who tell the truth, and leaders who listen to it, are an unbeatable combination. - Warren Bennis (Sun shining through the smoke of a forest fire)
Followers who tell the truth, and leaders who listen to it, are an unbeatable combination. - Warren Bennis
And vice versa....

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Here a Dot There a Dot...

Businesswoman using touch screen, smiling
(Photo credit: Altrendo Images/Thinkstock)
At its foundation, communication allows us to connect—to express our thoughts and feelings. As a child, I used dots to connect to my friends. We shared DOTS candy and played games like Connect 4, Twister and Eenie Eenie Aye Over (you know, "Send Timmy right over!"). Dots were also used to reveal a picture through dot-to-dot puzzles and actively communicate using Morse Code.

Monday, January 9, 2017

IGNITE: Good Leadership is Never Accidental

Good leadership is never accidental. - Unknown (Wildland firefighter looking at a wildfire)
Good leadership is never accidental. - Unknown

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[Photo credit: Folsom Lake Hand Crew]

Thursday, January 5, 2017

IGNITE: Fools and Power

Power does not corrupt man; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power. – G. B. Shaw (lightning starting a wildlfire)
Power does not corrupt man; fools, however, if they get into a position of power, corrupt power. – G. B. Shaw
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[Photo credit: National Park Service, Ranger Erin, Dinosaur National Monument]

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

In Their Own Words - Pagami Fire

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In this "Fire Shelter Deployments: Stories and Common Insights" video, six wildland firefighters tell their fire shelter deployment stories on the Pagami Creek fire in Minnesota on August 18, 2011.

As you watch the video, identify comments that cause you concern (red flags). Write them down to discuss with others.

Lessons Learned
  • When using a lake as a safety zone, expect turbulence that could capsize your canoe.
  • If ditching in a lake, you may suffer hypothermia and be at risk of drowning despite wearing a life jacket.
  • When deploying a fire shelter in water, a perfect seal can limit breathable oxygen and water can break down the laminate of the fire shelter material, especially in turbulence.
A Few Concerns in Hindsight
  • Frustrations with management's closures decisions and terminology ("soft closures").
  • Fire behavior more aggressive than planned. ("Oh, the fire won't make it that far. It's not supposed to be there for a few days.")
  • Water was not a sufficient safety zone. (Hypothemia, breakdown of shelter)
  • Lack of communication with decision makers.
  • Not comfortable with the mission given. Challenged the process.
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Forest Service Technology and Development Program logo (TD with flame in the "D")
Thanks to the USDA Forest Service Technology and Development Program and the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center for creating and sharing this video. A special shout out to Chris Kinney, Nancy Hernesmaa, Nancy Moundalexis, Todd Stefanic, Naomi Weckman, Andrea Lund for telling their story.

"Fire Shelter Deployments: Stories and Common Insights" is a program developed by the US Forest Service Missoula Technology and Development Center (MTDC) that will help you understand what you may experience in a fire shelter deployment. Click here fore additional fire shelter information.

Monday, January 2, 2017

IGNITE: Good Character not Charisma

It’s true that charisma can make a person stand out for a moment, but character sets a person apart for a lifetime. – John C. Maxwell (firefighter facing an wildland fire inferno)
It’s true that charisma can make a person stand out for a moment, but character sets a person apart for a lifetime. – John C. Maxwell
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[Photo credit: Kari Greer/USFS]

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Happy New Year - Change the World

Happy 2017! I hope that in this year to come,  YOU MAKE MISTAKES, Because if you are making mistakes, THEN YOU ARE: making new things, TRYING NEW THINGS, learning, living PUSHING YOURSELF, changing yourself, CHANGING YOUR WORLD. –Neil Gaiman (Pic of the sun above a smoke-layered sky)

Happy 2017!
I hope that in this year to come, 
YOU MAKE MISTAKES,
Because if you are making mistakes,
THEN YOU ARE:
making new things,
TRYING NEW THINGS,
learning, living
PUSHING YOURSELF,
changing yourself,
CHANGING YOUR WORLD.
–Neil Gaiman

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[Photo credit: Redding IHC, Soberanes (2016)]