Friday, May 29, 2020

Challenge 20: 2020 WFLDP Campaign

2020 WFLDP Campaign logo and challenge

Challenge 20:
Effective leaders know how to respond to a crisis.
#2020WFLDPCampaign #commandpresence #fireleadership

Thursday, May 28, 2020

IGNITE: Make Your Own Weather

hotshot crew

Each of us makes his own weather, determines the color of the skies in the emotional universe which he inhabits.  ♦ Fulton J. Sheen ♦
[Photo: Gannett Glacier Fire Crew]

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Finding Calm During the Storm

firefighters on a ridge
I recently went through a health crisis. I had been through the same scare three times before, but this one seemed more dire. With each test the tensions built, the crisis became deeper. However, amidst the chaos, I had the opportunity to find a profound peace like none before. In "The Art of Stress-Free Productivity," David Allen speaks about how crisis evokes serenity--a point where you are fully present and at peace in the midst of a crisis.

Monday, May 25, 2020

IGNITE: Memorial Day 2020

“The legacy of heroes — the memory of a great name, and the inheritance of a great example.” ♦ Benjamin Disraeli♦ 

Thank you to all those who have given the ultimate sacrifice. May we never forget your sacrifices. Memorial Day 2020 

[Photo: Kari Greer/USFS]


Friday, May 22, 2020

Challenge 19: 2020 WFLDP Campaign

Challenge 19:

Effective leaders are transparent and encourage follower input.
  • Assess a current situation.
  • Do you have a written plan for the situation?
  • Ensure your followers understand the plan and provide input.
  • Revise the plan as needed.


Thursday, May 21, 2020

IGNITE: Leaders Embrace Change

crew buggy and firefighters herding cows

It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change. ~ Charles Darwin ~ 

[Photo: Redding IHC] 


Tuesday, May 19, 2020

"Do It Scared"

child looking through a hole
(Image by Free-Photos from Pixabay) 
Today's blog comes from a friend and former wildland firefighter, Summer Osmond. Summer is going through some major health struggles. One way Summer manages her mental health is through a private group on social media where she expresses her most vulnerable thoughts. This is one of her posts. Summer has given permission to share it with a wider audience in hopes others might find strength through her words.

Monday, May 18, 2020

IGNITE: Pay Attention

firefighters on a ridge
"If you do not pay attention to what has your attention, you will give it more attention than it deserves." ♦ David Allen♦

[Photo: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC]


Friday, May 15, 2020

Challenge 18 - WFLDP Campaign

2020 WFLDP campaign logo and challenge

Challenge 18: 2020 WFLDP Campaign, Command Presence: Do you know who you are?

Effective leaders are about "we” not "me."
  • Create a psychological safe environment for your followers.
  • Read Amy Edmundson’s book “The Fearless Organization – Creating Psychological Safety in the Workplace for Learning, Innovation, and Growth.”

Thursday, May 14, 2020

IGNITE: Complacent Responders

fire reflecting on water
“A complacent responder can “infect” other responders."  ♦ Risk Gasaway, SA Matters ♦

[Photo: Kari Greer/USFS]