Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Living the Passion


Living the Passion from The Smokey Generation on Vimeo.

Gina Papke is passionate about her career in wildland firefighting. Do you have the same level of engagement with and passion for your job?

Wildland Fire Leadership Challenge - Digging a Little Deeper
  • Where are you located on Integro Leadership Institute's The Passion Pyramid™?
  • Where would you like to be and how do you intend to get to that location on the pyramid?

The Passion Pyramid



What is your story? We challenge you to become a part of this amazing  project and share your leadership stories. Bethany Hannah began The Smokey Generation: A Wildland Fire Oral History and Digital Storytelling Project for her master's thesis. All members of the wildland fire service, not just hotshots, can share their stories by following her example. Click here for potential leadership questions. Visit The Smokey Generation website for complete information.

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Monday, March 20, 2017

Wildland Fire Leadership Values and Principles

DUTY  Be proficient in your job, both technically and as a leader. Make sound and timely decisions. Ensure tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished. Develop your people for the future. RESPECT  Know your people and look out for their well-being. Keep your people informed. Build the team. Employ your people in accordance with their capabilities. INTEGRITY Know yourself and seek improvement. Seek responsibility and accept responsibility for your actions. Set the example.

The Wildland Fire Leadership Values and Principles are our foundation and resulted from the sacrifices of those before you. Take a moment to read them, commit them to memory, and lead well in their honor.

DUTY
  • Be proficient in your job, both technically and as a leader.
  • Make sound and timely decisions.
  • Ensure tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished.
  • Develop your people for the future.
RESPECT
  • Know your people and look out for their well-being.
  • Keep your people informed.
  • Build the team.
  • Employ your people in accordance with their capabilities.
INTEGRITY
  • Know yourself and seek improvement.
  • Seek responsibility and accept responsibility for your actions.
  • Set the example.
Wildland Fire Leadership Challenge - Digging a Little Deeper
Wildland firefighters putting fire on the ground at night and copy of "Leading in the Wildland Fire Service"


Thursday, March 16, 2017

IGNITE: Leaders Need Guiding Principles

Leaders without guiding principles are undependable followers. –Dan Rockwell [Photo: Stefanie Garcia/National Park Service]
Leaders without guiding principles are undependable followers. – Dan Rockwell
IGNITE the Spark for Leadership. LIKE and SHARE throughout your networks.
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[Photo: Stefanie Garcia/National Park Service]

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

When Words Harm

string can phone
(Photo credit: borzaya/Thinkstock)
Since the beginning of time, humans have tried to "break the code" of effective communication. Yet even with research and technological advancements, the fact remains that communication and relationships between communicators fail because of what we say and how we say it. Words matter!

Achieving Greatness through Action

LEAD Time logo (the "A" in LEAD is the three-peaked leadership mountain with path leading to up with duty, respect, and integrity)

A Bias for Action
Leaders in the wildland fire service are not only empowered but also duty-bound to act on a situation that is within our power to affect, even without direction from above.

Monday, March 13, 2017

2017 Professional Reading List is Live!



The WFDLP is issuing the 2017 reading challenge!  The books chosen as the primary focus for this year are: Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin; Team of Teams by retired Army General Stanley McChrystal; The Art of Authenticity by Karissa Thacker; and Resilience by Eric Greitens.

Integrity: Set the Example

Integrity: Set the Example  Share the hazards and hardships with your subordinates. Don't show discouragement when facing setbacks. Choose the difficult right over the easy wrong.  [Photo credit: Kari Greer/USFS]
Integrity: Set the Example
  • Share the hazards and hardships with your subordinates.
  • Don't show discouragement when facing setbacks.
  • Choose the difficult right over the easy wrong.
[Photo credit: Kari Greer/USFS]

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Integrity: Seek Responsibility and Accept Responsibility for Your Actions

Integrity: Seek Responsibility and Accept Responsibility for Your Actions Accept full responsibility for and correct poor team performance. Credit subordinates for good performance. Keep your superiors informed of your actions. [Photo credit: Folsom Lake Hand Crew]
Integrity: Seek Responsibility and Accept Responsibility for Your Actions

  • Accept full responsibility for and correct poor team performance.
  • Credit subordinates for good performance.
  • Keep your superiors informed of your actions.
[Photo credit: Folsom Lake Hand Crew]

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

Leading on the Spectrum

spectrum of colors
(Photo credit: Kim Steele/Thinkstock)
Spectrums and scales can be found throughout the wildland fire environment. Here are a couple.

Monday, March 6, 2017

Integrity: Know Yourself and Seek Improvement

Integrity: Know Yourself and Seek Improvement

  • Know the strengths/weaknesses in your character and skill level.
  • Ask questions of peers and supervisors.
  • Actively listen to feedback from subordinates.
[Photo credit: Kari Greer/USFS]