Thursday, December 14, 2017

IGNITE: Season's Greetings



As we reflect on 2017, we take a moment to thank you for your support. 

We are thankful for such faithful followers.

[Photo: Nicole Oke]

Tuesday, December 12, 2017

The Rules for Being Human

school house and book giving high fives

(Photo: Dynamic Graphics/Thinkstock)
There seems to be a lot of discontent in society, in our workplaces, and our homes right now. I know I have experienced my share of distress in the last few months. I find myself trying to make sense of situations that are either nonsensical or way outside my control and influence.

Monday, December 11, 2017

IGNITE: Our Greatest Asset and Investment

As leaders, we have to understand that people are our greatest asset and therefore our greatest investment.  ~ Perry Noble~  [Photo: Jay Kurth/CIIMT4, Thomas fire, 2017], Sunset at the pier
As leaders, we have to understand that people are our greatest asset and therefore our greatest investment. ~ Perry Noble

[Photo: Jay Kurth/CIIMT4, Thomas fire, Ventura Co, 2017]

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Increasing and Sustaining Diversity


Ten members of the USFWS Branch of Fire Management, including regional representatives, attended the 2017 Women and Leadership Conference in September as one step in the work of the Diversity and Inclusion Team, established in early 2017.

Coordinated by Team Leader, Gillian Fay, the team seeks to identify and evaluate the challenges and barriers faced by underrepresented people seeking to enter or advance in the wildland fire program. The team also works to enhance career opportunities and empower employees to stand up to harassment.

The conference was presented by the Andrus Center for Public Policy at the Boise State University and featured keynote presentations from accomplished women leaders, skill-based training that focused on professional development and opportunities to network with peers. "Increasing and sustaining diversity is important to the fire management program,” said Branch Chief Chris Wilcox. “To be successful in our conservation mission, we first have to understand the barriers to increasing workforce diversity, and we have to act on that knowledge.”


Thank you to the USFWS Branch of Fire Management for sharing their experience.

Monday, December 4, 2017

IGNITE: To Grow and Contribute

Leadership provides us with unique and powerful challenges to grow and contribute. - Brendon Burchard
Leadership provides us with unique and powerful challenges to grow and contribute. - Brendon Burchard
[Photo: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC]

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

IGNITE: The Liberation of Communication

Good communication liberates us to do our jobs better. - Max De Pree [drip torch with lake and mountains in the background]
Good communication liberates us to do our jobs better. - Max De Pree
[Photo: Tallac IHC]

Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Developing Your Leadership Art

school house and book giving high fives

(Photo: Dynamic Graphics/Thinkstock)
There seems to be a lot of discontent in society, in our workplaces, and our homes right now. I know I have experienced my share of distress in the last few months. I find myself trying to make sense of situations that are either nonsensical or way outside my control and influence.

Monday, November 27, 2017

IGNITE: Behavior is infectious!

Behavior is infectious! Dacher Keltner [Hotshot crew buggies on a side road]
Behavior is infectious! 
Dacher Keltner

[Photo credit: Redding IHC]

Thursday, November 23, 2017

IGNITE: Expressing Our Gratitude

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy  [sunset photo credit: Baker River IHC]
As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. John F. Kennedy

[Photo credit: Baker River IHC]

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Merritt Island Memorial Dedication and Ransom Road Fire Staff Ride

On November 1 and 2, 2017, the USFWS held a memorial dedication and staff ride at the Merritt Island refuge in Florida. These events were in honor of two fallen firefighters and their families from events that occurred 36 years ago on June 8, 1981.
Not knowing how we take care of our own today, there were some who were anxious about the events. In the end, the family and peers of the fallen who attended were able to realize a healing closure that was long over due.