Friday, May 14, 2021

Challenge 19 - 2021 WFLDP Campaign

Challenge 19 - 2021 WFLDP campaign/anniversary logo

Challenge #19: Leaders challenge the status quo. Contemplate the following in your journal.

How would you describe your organizational culture?
  • Is it a place that welcome new employees from day one?
  • Is your organization a place that leverages everyone's diverse backgrounds and thinking?
How are you influencing change or enhancing the culture of your organization?
  • Is this the senior leader’s primary job?

Thursday, May 13, 2021

IGNITE: The Walk Beside

two female wildland firefighters on a hilltop
A mentor is not someone who walks ahead of us to show us how they did it

A mentor walks alongside us to show us what we can do.

~ Simon Sinek ~

[Photo: Kari Greer/USFS]

Wednesday, May 12, 2021

Developing a Learning Organization

Developing a Learning Organization

Leaders evaluate performance at all levels to understand the causal factors of successes and failures. All those involved learn incrementally, applying today’s lessons to the next assignment. This focus on continuous improvement brings with it a responsibility to share lessons learned throughout the organization.
In a learning organization, leaders treat honest mistakes as opportunities to do better next time. Understanding that failure is a part of learning, they establish command climates in which young leaders are motivated by desire to succeed rather than fear of failure.

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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

IGNITE: Our Organizational Leaders


Our organizational leaders plan for future operations as well as mentor promising people for key roles in our organizations. - Leading the Wildland Fire Service, p. 23

[Photo: Kari Greer/USFS]

A Look at L-580, Leadership Is Action

Eric Carlson at the Gettysburg Staff Ride

Did you know L-580 is more that just staff rides? Although staff rides involving historical events like Gettysburg or Chickamauga/Chattanooga provide the perfect venue for the facilitation of learning objectives and allows for senior-level discussion at the organizational level, they are only one avenue for L-580 opportunities. Other avenues have included the San Diego County Mega Fire Case Study and the Wharton Leadership Conference. L-580, Leadership Is Action is a continuing education opportunity primarily for senior fire management leaders (Agency Administrators/Line Officers involved in managing complex incidents, incident management organizations [Type 1, Type 2, Area Command, and NIMO], and leaders from national, regional, or state offices.)

Saturday, May 8, 2021

IGNITE: The Ultimate Team

The ultimate team result is resilience: teams that can bounce back when problems or errors threaten cohesion and synergy. - Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, p. 55)
The ultimate team result is resilience: teams that can bounce back when problems or errors threaten cohesion and synergy. - Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, p. 55)
IGNITE the Spark for Leadership. LIKE and SHARE throughout your networks.

[Photo credit: Josh Neighbors/South Dakota Wildland Fire]

Mentoring - Stories from the Fireline

Mentoring - Stories from the Fireline

During the five decades of his career as a firefighter, Paul Gleason worked tirelessly in many roles, ranging from hotshot crew member to specialist in the science of fire behavior. He influenced and inspired countless firefighters, many of whom name him as the one person who had the biggest impact on their lives and careers. 

Friday, May 7, 2021

Challenge 18: 2021 WFLDP Campaign

2021 WFLDP anniversary/campaign logo and challenge

Challenge #18: Leaders help their people establish strong staff value systems, team cultures, and command presence.

  • Lead your team through the following values exploration exercise.

Thursday, May 6, 2021

IGNITE: The Power of Synergy

Wildland firefighters moving a stump.

Teamwork requires that everyone's efforts flow in a single direction. - Pat Riley

Share through your sphere of influence.

[Photo credit: Kari Greer/USFS]

Wednesday, May 5, 2021

All About L-481

Course Intent

The intent of L-481 Advanced Leadership for Command and General Staff is to produce Command and General Staff members who can fulfill the responsibilities of an effective staff officer or section chief within an IMT, contribute effectively to an IMT’s decision-making process, and perform as an effective organizational leader in their own functional area and as a member of the IMT. 

This course should engage the course participants in leadership learning within the context of managing a large/complex incident. The course content includes both collective or team tasks and individual tasks. 
  • Collective tasks: functions accomplished by the Command and General Staff, maintaining a common operating picture, building and maintaining a constructive team culture, and projecting leader’s intent up, down, and across the chain of command. 
  • Individual tasks: demonstrating interpersonal and communication skills necessary to function as a productive member of a team, contributing positively to team decisions, contributing to the IMT’s common operating picture, working within the team culture, demonstrating effective staff ethos, and projecting effective command presence within their functional areas.