Friday, January 17, 2020

Challenge 1 - 2020 WFLDP Campaign

2020 campaign - box with challenge and logo
Challenge 1:
  • In your leadership journal, define “command presence.”
  • Watch James Scouller’s “What is presence?” video @
#fireleadership #commandpresence #2020WFLDPCampaign

Thursday, January 16, 2020

IGNITE: Be at Peace With Your Imperfections

sunrise/sunset with smoke/wildland fire in the area
To be authentic is to be at peace with your imperfections." - Simon Sinek

[Photo credit: Kari Greer/USFS]
#fireleadership #authenticity

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Same Story, Different Chapter—The Hinckley Fire

"Under a Flaming Sky" book cover

The year is 1894. The month was September. The place was Hinckley, Minnesota. 
On September 1, 1894, two forest fires converged on the town of Hinckley, Minnesota, trapping more than two thousand people. The fire created its own weather, including hurricane-strength winds, bubbles of plasma-like glowing gas, and 200-foot-tall flames. As termperatures reached 1,600 degrees Fahrenheit, the firestorm knocked down buildings and carried flaming debris high into the sky. Two trains—one with every single car on fire—became the only means of escape. In all, more than four hundred people would die, leading to a revolution in forestry management and the birth of federal agencies that monitor and fight wildfires. (Under a Flaming Sky - The Great Hinckley Firestorm of 1894)

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Same Story, Different Chapter—The Great Boston Fire of 1872

picture of Boston following the fire
(Boston Fire from Washington & Bromfield panoramic. John Adams Whipple - Boston Public Library)
"America's cities were burning down." - Bruce Twickler

The date was November 9, 1872. The place is Boston, Massachusetts. Fire Chief Damrell was a student of fire and had visited Chicago following the great fire. What could have gone wrong?

Monday, January 6, 2020

Command Presence: Do you know who you are? - 2020 National Wildland Fire Leadership Campaign

What is Command Presence?Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, p. 20

More than anything else, the leader’s command presence sets the tone for the command climate. Command presence is how we present ourselves to others, the myriad of personal attributes and behaviors that communicates to others that we are worthy of their trust and respect. 

IGNITE: Making a Difference

fire at dusk

“Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader. They set out to make the difference. It is never about the role—always about the goal.”
Lisa Haisha, Life Coach

[Photo: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC]


Thursday, January 2, 2020

IGNITE: See the Light

Firefighter watching a helicopter drop

“Great leaders are optimists. This is not the same as being positive. Positive is finding the light in the now; optimists see the light always." ♦ Simon Sinek ♦
[Photo: Kari Greer/USFS]


Tuesday, December 31, 2019

Same Story, Different Chapter—The Great Chicago Fire

(By Currier and Ives - Chicago Historical Society (ICHi-23436), Public Domain/Wikipedia)
We continue our "Same Story, Different Chapter" series showcasing the Great Chicago which started the same day as the Phestigo fire on October 8, 1871. Regardless of how the fire started (the rumor of a cow), the Great Chicago fire would become one of the most devastating and famous fires in U.S. history. So much so that few would ever hear about the Phestigo fire with nearly three times the loss of life.

Monday, December 30, 2019

Final Challenge - The Art of Leadership

easel and canvas with WFLDP logo and challenge

Final Challenge: The Art of Leadership
Approach each day with a blank canvas.
  • Write and paint a new page in our life story.

IGNITE: The Possible Out of Impossible

fading firefighter in front of flames
“Most of the things worth doing in the world had been declared impossible before they were done." ♦ Louis D. Brandeis, lawyer/associate justice, U.S. Supreme Court ♦
[Photo: Kari Greer/USFS]