Friday, October 30, 2020

Challenge 42: 2020 WFLDP Campaign

2020 WFLDP Campaign logo and challenge

Challenge 42: Good leaders promote building confidence in themselves and those they lead.
  • Recognize and celebrate your successes and the successes of others.
  • Journalize about your successes and the attributes, skills and actions that contributed to your achievements.

Thursday, October 29, 2020

IGNITE: Listen Completely

“When people talk, listen completely.” ♦ Ernest Hemmingway ♦ 

Photo: Baker River IHC

Tuesday, October 27, 2020

Cultivating Command Presence

(Photo: Kari Greer/USFS)

I was recently listening to the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned podcast and came across this episode about “Command Presence”. In the interview they discuss the definition of command presence and how to cultivate it. One of the conclusions of the conversation was that, in order to cultivate powerful command presence, you need to be able to be comfortable and confident with your own style of leadership. The podcast started me reflecting about the ways that I ground my own leadership style. Two thoughts jumped out at me:

Monday, October 26, 2020

IGNITE: Building Strong Cultures

wildland firefighters hiking in the desert
“Building a strong culture is what builds a strong organization..” ♦ Simon Sinek ♦ 

[Photo: Midewin IHC]


Friday, October 23, 2020

Challenge 41: WFLDP 2020 Campaign

2020 WFLDP Campaign logo and challenge

Challenge 41: All leaders are human.
  • Think of a time when as a leader you felt inadequate.
  • Journalize about the following:
    • What were/are your thoughts?
    • Were/Are those thoughts valid?
    • What would an alternate thought be?

Thursday, October 22, 2020

IGNITE: Practice!

fire shelter practice in the field
“Practice isn’t the thing you do once you’re good. It’s the thing you do that makes you good.” - Malcolm Gladwell

[Photo: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC]


Tuesday, October 20, 2020

The Courage to Say "No"

No made up of yes
(Photo: Gordon Johnson/Pixabay)

Why is it so hard for some of us to say no? Is it because we don't want to let someone down? Is it because we fear reprisal? Is it because we don't know how to?

Monday, October 19, 2020

IGNITE: The Greatest Enemy of Knowledge

night sky

“The greatest enemy of knowledge is not ignorance; it is the illusion of knowledge.” ♦ Stephen Hawking, physicist ♦

[Photo: Justin Vernon]


Friday, October 16, 2020

Challenge 40: 2020 WFLDP Campaign

2020 WFLDP Campaign logo and challenge

Challenge 40: Effective leaders spend time with their people.
  • Estimate how much time you spend, both digitally and face-to-face with your people.
  • Vow to make face-to-face time with your people a priority.
#2020WFLDPCampaign #commandpresence

Thursday, October 15, 2020



hotshot crew hiking up a hill

To gain respect from our people, we first respect them.

[Photo: Pioneer Peak IHC]