Thursday, July 19, 2018

IGNITE: Learning Lessons

If you didn’t learn these thing in order to demonstrate them in practice, what did you learn them for? - Epictetus
[Photo credit: Union IHC]
If you didn’t learn these thing in order to demonstrate them in practice, what did you learn them for?  - Epictetus

IGNITE: The Power of Group Culture

Group culture is one of the most powerful forces on the planet.  Daniel Coyle  (Hothots walking into the sunset)
(Photo: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC)

Group culture is one of the most powerful forces on the planet. - Daniel Coyle

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

Whose the Fairest of Them All?

circle of colored pencils (watercolor)
(Pencil art credit: Ractapopulous/Pixabay)
"Mirror, Mirror, on the wall, whose the fairest of them all?"

How much influence do you have over your people? Where do you fall on the charisma spectrum? Most importantly, do you consider yourself the "fairest" leader of them all?

Monday, July 16, 2018

IGNITE: Discover Your Gift

Discovering your unique gift to bring to your community is your greatest opportunity and challenge.  - Bill Plotkin (Firefighter monitoring helicopter operations)
(Photo: Redding IHC)

Discovering your unique gift to bring to your community is your greatest opportunity and challenge.
 Bill Plotkin œ

Thursday, July 12, 2018

IGNITE: Leadership - A Sacred Trust

(Photo credit: La Grande IHC)
Leadership is a sacred trust. The decision to lead is the decision to be responsible for the growth and development of your fellow human beings. - Tom Peters

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Murmurations

(Photo: Geralt/Pixabay)
Wouldn't if be great if our teams could function like a flock of starlings during a murmuration? Imagine what we could do and where we could go.


Now, I am going to be transparent. I am not fond of the bird itself. They are, in my humble opinion, a very loud, dirty bird, and annoying bird. However, I didn't really know much about murmurations until a project I am involved with recently adopted the starling and their murmurations as a way for various groups with similar missions to come together as a whole.

Monday, July 9, 2018

IGNITE: Creating Safety

Creating safety is about dialing in to small, subtle moments and delivering targeted signals at key points. Daniel Coyle  [Photo credit: Rocky Mountain Wildland Fire Module] (Single Engine Air Tanker dropping retardant)
(Photo credit: Rocky Mountain Wildland Fire Module)
Creating safety is about dialing in to small, subtle moments and delivering targeted signals at key points. - Daniel Coyle


Thursday, July 5, 2018

IGNITE: Better Leaders - Better Human Beings


The development of our character is at the heart of our development, not just as leaders, but as human beings.   John Maxwell (smoke blanketing mountain with snow banks)
The development of our character is at the heart of our development, not just as leaders, but as human beings.
John Maxwell

Tuesday, July 3, 2018

What Defines Your Team?

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Ethos n. The distinguishing charter, sentiment, moral nature, or guiding beliefs of a person, group or institution. (Merriam-Webster)

Ethos defines how crew members embody the values of the mission-driven culture within the leadership environment. This ethos represents a professional code of conduct clarifying expectations for member behavior and forming the foundation for relationships. A team committed to exemplify these values stand the best chance of building synergy and successfully achieving their mission. Examples include:

Monday, July 2, 2018

IGNITE - Freedom: The Opportunity to Do What is Right



May we think of freedom, not as the right to do as we please, but as the opportunity to do what is right. - Peter Marshall

[Photo credits: Fire, Kari Greer/USFS; flag, DWilliams]