Thursday, December 13, 2018

IGNITE: A Leader's Integrity

Followers assess their leader's integrity every day. If people believe a leader has integrity, they can accept other weaknesses and help compensate for them. - Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, p. 59  [Photo: Donna Thompson/Alaska Fire Service] (Helicopter with sunset behind)


Followers assess their leader's integrity every day. If people believe a leader has integrity, they can accept other weaknesses and help compensate for them. - Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, p. 59
[Photo: Donna Thompson/Alaska Fire Service]

IGNITE: Offer Alternatives

Merely complaining without proposing an alternative offers nothing. - Jacque Fresco (look at a retardant drop from the back)

Merely complaining without proposing an alternative offers nothing. - Jacque Fresco

[Photo credit: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC]

Tuesday, December 11, 2018

Words of Wisdom

(Credit: Tumisu/Pixabay)
From time to time, our readers and followers find issue with our blogs and posts, especially when the quote comes from someone who has found their actions to less than stellar. I understand the frustration, but I also know I need to cite the words that I choose. I could make the citation smaller, but I give full credit to the person cited.

Monday, December 10, 2018

IGNITE: Buying In

People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. - John C. Maxwell  [Photo: Kari Greer/USFS] (leader sharing the vision with the crew)
People buy into the leader before they buy into the vision. - John C. Maxwell

[Photo: Kari Greer/USFS]

Thursday, December 6, 2018

IGNITE: One Person Can Make a Difference

One person can make a difference and everyone should try.   - John F. Kennedy (firefighter looking into a forest ablaze]
One person can make a difference and everyone should try. - John F. Kennedy

[Photo credit: Kari Greer/USFS]

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Smooth Transitions


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As we approach the end of the calendar year, many will attend gatherings to honor fellow co-workers moving into a new phase of life—retirement. In many cases, retirements mean vacancies to be filled, yet another new phase of life. Just like fire operations, handling the transition is critical. We may only have one shot to do it right.

Monday, December 3, 2018

IGNITE: Leaders are Learners

The best leaders are life-long students of leadership. - Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, p. 60  Photo credit: Ben Eby (firefighter on the fireline)

The best leaders are life-long students of leadership. - Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, p. 60

Photo credit: Ben Eby

Thursday, November 29, 2018

IGNITE: Anger and You

"Anger is never without reason,  but seldom with a good one." Benjamin Franklin (Fire whirl picture taken from the air)
"Anger is never without reason, but seldom with a good one." - Benjamin Franklin

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

When Luck Runs Out

Collage of "another way" signs
(Credit: Geralt/Pixabay)
What does a well-founded risk decision look like?
By Mark Smith, Mission-Centered Solutions
©Mission-Centered Solutions Version 7 FINAL (16 June 2017)

[Mark Smith has been presenting Luck Runs Out (What does a well-founded risk decision look like?) at IMT meetings, safety summits at wildfire academies, etc. Where The Big Lie was more a problem statement, Luck Runs Out is meant to focus on actionable, practical steps forward for IMTs and Agency Administrators. The above information started not as an essay but as a handout to go with presentations.]


This paper is the result of an ongoing dialog around risk I’ve had within the post-Yarnell Honor the Fallen group. One member posed the rhetorical but critical question: “Should we be risking lives for suppression efforts or not?“ That prompted my response in The Big Lie essay on the levels of risk I think wildland firefighters operate in routinely, and how we could be more intelligently accepting that risk.

Monday, November 26, 2018

IGNITE - What do you see?

It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. - Henry David Thoreau  [Photo credit: La Grande IHC] (Trees covered with fire retardant)


It's not what you look at that matters, it's what you see. - Henry David Thoreau

[Photo credit: La Grande IHC]