Monday, October 15, 2018

IGNITE: From Weakness to Strength


Build your weaknesses until they become your strong points!
Knute Rochne

Thursday, October 11, 2018

IGNITE: Leadership Demands Restraint and Consideration

Leadership demands periods of restraint and consideration.  Harry M. Kraemer ("If it's not safe, don't do it" sign)
(Photo credit: La Grande IHC)
Leadership demands periods of restraint and consideration. - Harry M. Kraemer

Tuesday, October 9, 2018

Confessions of an Information Junkie

(Photo credit: SCY/Pixabay)
I have a confession to make. I am an information junkie. If there is something to learn (that interests me), I jump in (until another squirrel runs by, that is). Over the last few years, that was politics. I became a newsfeed junkie and found myself losing all objectivity. The pursuit of truth became my addiction. Then it happened, I realized truth was what others wanted me to believe. I had to take action.

Monday, October 8, 2018

IGNITE: Taking Care of Your People

Being a leader is about taking care of your people. - John Canley, Medal of Honor Recipient  (circle of crew member in discussion)
[Photo credit: Ventana Handcrew]
Being a leader is about taking care of your people. - John Canley, Medal of Honor Recipient 

Thursday, October 4, 2018

IGNITE: Say "NO" to the Status Quo

A leader who loves the status quo soon becomes a follower.   -John Maxwell  [Photo credit: Entiat IHC] (hotshot crew hiking up hill)
A leader who loves the status quo soon becomes a follower. - John Maxwell

[Photo credit: Entiat IHC]

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Eustress Me Out

(Photo credit: Alexas_Fotos/Pixabay)
Does thinking about stress, stress you out?

Stressed out is frequently referred to as a negative experience. However, stress can actually have a positive effect. Positive stress is called "eustress" while negative stress is called "distress." When taken to the extremes, either of these stressors can affect the human body.

Monday, October 1, 2018

IGNITE: Living Relationships

"Culture is a set of living relationships working toward a shared goal. It's not something you are. It's something you do."  - Daniel Coyle  (Wildland firefighters in communication with one another.)

"Culture is a set of living relationships working toward a shared goal. It's not something you are. It's something you do." - Daniel Coyle
[Photo credit: TJ O'Neill/Prescott IHC]

Thursday, September 27, 2018

IGNITE: A Way of Thinking

Leadership is a way of thinking, a way of acting and, most importantly, a way of communicating. - Simon Sinek  [Photo credit: Asheville Hotshots] (hotshots communicating with one another)
Leadership is a way of thinking, a way of acting and, most importantly, a way of communicating. - Simon Sinek


[Photo credit: Asheville Hotshots]

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

IGNITE: Humility in Fire

The best leaders are not in the business for personal glory or iron-fisted control.  - Joe Scherrer (wildland firefighter cold-trailing)
[Photo credit: Kari Greer/USFS]
The best leaders are not in the business for personal glory or iron-fisted control.
Joe Scherrer œ

The Art of Leading Up

The magic of leadership was best captured by Lao Tzu: “A leader is best when people barely know he exists, when his work is done, his aim fulfilled, they will say: we did it ourselves.” This is the art of leadership at its best: the art that conceals art. - Michael Shinagel
For quite some time, I have been pondering the following question (even before all the unrest in fire and politics): How do you deal with a poor leader?