Thursday, August 16, 2018

IGNITE: Beyond Dirty

“It is inevitable if you enter into relationships with people on a regular basis that you will grow to be like them…Remember that if you consort with someone covered in dirt you can hardly avoid getting a little grimy yourself.” - Epictetus   (Disclaimer: Please don't read anything into the picture used with permission from Ruby Mountain IHC. It says nothing more about the crew than they are dirty from a hard day's work fighting fire; it says nothing about their culture. Feel free to do some introspection of your own relationships, however.)
(Photo credit: Ruby Mountain IHC)
“It is inevitable if you enter into relationships with people on a regular basis that you will grow to be like them…Remember that if you consort with someone covered in dirt you can hardly avoid getting a little grimy yourself.” - Epictetus

(Disclaimer: Please don't read anything into the picture used with permission from Ruby Mountain IHC. It says nothing more about the crew than they are dirty from a hard day's work fighting fire; it says nothing about their culture. Feel free to do some introspection of your own relationships, however.)

Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Taking the Trust Leap

noun the way in which two or more concepts, objects, or people are connected, or the state of being connected.
(Photo: Kari Greer/USFS)

As part of the 2018 National Wildland Fire Leadership Campaign - Leading Through Relationships, I would like to delve into one of my favorite leadership pillars—trust. In my mind, trust is the most important aspect of leadership. If you don't have trust in a relationship, you have nothing. (And I am not just talking about a relationship with a significant other or loved one.)

Monday, August 13, 2018

IGNITE: Listen!

Leaders who don't listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say. - Andy Stanley (fire burning near a stream)
(Photo credit: Kari Greer/USFS)

Leaders who don't listen will eventually be surrounded by people who have nothing to say.
Andy Stanley œ

Thursday, August 9, 2018

IGNITE: The Leader's AAR


“Do not go to bed until you have gone over the day three times in your mind. What wrong did I do? What good did I accomplish? What did I forget to do?” - Pythagoras  Photo credit: Justin Robinson, Vale BLM (single-engine airtanker with sunset background
“Do not go to bed until you have gone over the day three times in your mind. What wrong did I do? What good did I accomplish? What did I forget to do?” - Pythagoras

Photo credit: Justin Robinson, Vale BLM

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

Remembering Cramer


(Photo credit: Wildfire Today)
In the Salmon River Breaks of central Idaho, fire is a frequent visitor. The area has a somewhat legendary status in the pantheon of wildland fire, known for the steep slopes that rise seemingly without end from the Salmon River to the timbered ridges high above, where bighorn sheep mingle with rattlesnakes, and firefighters know to take extra care at every step. The Breaks play a role in the stories of many fire managers, some amusing, some somber, all taking into account that this is a place where firefighters must take care, or risk being broken by the land.

Monday, August 6, 2018

IGNITE: Communication Matters to the Relationship

 Relationships can be built or broken by the quality of the communication.  -The Chief’s Aide

Relationships can be built or broken by the quality of the communication. -The Chief’s Aide
[Photo credit: La Grande IHC]

Thursday, August 2, 2018

IGNITE: A Learning Mindset

A person is not going to undertake to learn anything that they think they already know.   Epictetus
(Photo credit: Redding IHC)
A person is not going to undertake to learn anything that they think they already know. - Epictetus

Tuesday, July 31, 2018

What if...


(Photo credit: fancycrave1/Pixabay)
As a leader, do you take time to think about what could be or are you happy with what is? Effective leaders tend to buck the status quo and embrace change, often being the agents of change. If we settled for what is, we would stagnate and perish. Innovation (and sometimes mistakes) take us beyond our comfort zone and into the world of what could be.

Monday, July 30, 2018

IGNITE: Know Your People

Leaders learn about people as individuals, developing an understanding of what motivates them and how they derive satisfaction from their work. - Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, page 45  [Photo credit: Brian Gales/USFWS]
Leaders learn about people as individuals, developing an understanding of what motivates them and how they derive satisfaction from their work. - Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, page 45

[Photo credit: Brian Gales/USFWS]

Thursday, July 26, 2018

IGNITE: One Conversation at a Time

Our careers, our companies, our relationships, and indeed our lives succeed or fail, gradually, then suddenly, one conversation at a time.  Susan Scott , author of “Fierce Conversations—Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time
(Photo credit: Platte Canyon Wildland Fire Module)
"Our careers, our companies, our relationships, and indeed our lives succeed or fail, gradually, then suddenly, one conversation at a time."  
Susan Scott , author of “Fierce Conversations—Achieving Success at Work & in Life, One Conversation at a Time