Thursday, December 5, 2019

IGNITE: Leadership Is a Gift

wildland firefighters hiking through the forest

“Leadership is a gift. It's given by those who follow. You have to be worthy of it." ♦ General Mark Welsh ♦

[Photo: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC]

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Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Read the Book - See the Movie

book coming to life
Image by Mystic Art Design from Pixabay 
For 15 seasons, I was a dispatcher. My "view" of the fire situation was much different than those of you on the fire ground. I experienced the course of events more like reading a book, whereas those on the front lines were watching the movie. Much of my experience was made up (rightly or wrongly so) in my mind. The storylines included things like plane crashes with bodies still in the cockpit, fires threatening homes and communities, a dead body in a garbage bag found on a dirt road in the middle of the desert, and scanner communications with agents practicing for upcoming operations (maybe even Ruby Ridge). Each and every time, I made up the imagery. Whoever says dispatching is easy never did it.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Challenge 81: The Art of Leadership

easel and canvas with WFLDP logo and challenge

Challenge 81: The Art of Leadership
Leaders set the example.
  • In your journal, write down how you want to be seen by your team members.
  • Conduct an evaluation (could be a 360-degree assessment) to see if your perception matches reality.
#artofleadership

IGNITE: The Undoing of One's Self


Doing nothing for others is the undoing of one's self. - Horace Mann

[Photo: Justin Vernon]

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Friday, November 29, 2019

Challenge 80: The Art of Leadership

easel and canvas with WFLDP logo and challenge

Challenge 80: The Art of Leadership

Leaders should be fit for duty.
  • In your journal, make a plan to:
    • Meditate/reflect daily.
    • Eat well.
    • Exercise.
  • Implement your plan.
#artofleadership

Thursday, November 28, 2019

IGNITE: Giving Thanks

[Image: johnhain]
"Gratitude helps us remember what is good in our lives." - Dr. Robert Schachter, "Mindfulness for Stress Management 
Share your expressions of gratitude here. 

We will start with ours: We are grateful for the support and encouragement we get from our followers. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Message of Gratitude

red candle surrounded by words of gratitude
[Image: John Hain/Pixabay]
"Gratitude helps us remember what is good in our lives." - Dr. Robert Schachter, "Mindfulness for Stress Management 

Share your expressions of gratitude on our Facebook page or Twitter feed. Respond to the similar post.

We will start with ours: We are grateful for the support and encouragement we get from our followers. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Red Cup - Yellow Cup - Green Cup

red, yellow, and green party cups
(Photo: Amazon)
During the 1990s, I taught business education in a jr./sr. high school in a small Idaho town. It was during that time that I took a Dr. Harry Wong. Dr. Wong was renowned for classroom management techniques. One of the techniques I learned from him was the use of colored party cups as a communication technique. (I would see this communication technique years later at our local Brazilian grill.)

Monday, November 25, 2019

Challenge 79: The Art of Leadership


Challenge 79: The Art of Leadership

Effective leaders are good followers.
  • Read Col. Phillip S. Meilinger’s article “The Ten Rules of Good Followership." [http://bit.ly/2o2d5z6]
  • Write the 10 rules in your journal.
  • Share the rules with your team.
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IGNITE: The Virtue of Kindness

wildland firefighters in smoke with sun shining through
“Kindness is the virtue that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

[Photo: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC]

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