Thursday, June 14, 2018

IGNITE: Reason and Judgment

(Photo: David Gones/Midewin IHC)

Reason and judgment are the qualities of a leader.
Tacitus

Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Opening Up Can Make Your Team Stronger



(Credit: John Hain/Pixabay)
You do not build trust in order to be vulnerable. When you're vulnerable, it builds trust. Being vulnerable together builds closeness and creates it. - Daniel Coyle
"There I was..."

When we share a good story, people become a part of our story. Their imaginations and senses awaken, and their emotions react. However, telling someone else's story is often easier than telling our own. The reason? Vulnerability. In order to share our story, we have to be vulnerable.

Monday, June 11, 2018

IGNITE: Keeping the Faith

Leaders are the ones who keep faith with the past, keep step with the present and keep the promise to posterity. - Harold J. Seymore  [Photo credit: La Grande IHC] (wildland firefighter's boots and Pulaski tool)
(Photo credit: La Grande IHC)
Leaders are the ones who keep faith with the past, keep step with the present and keep the promise to posterity. - Harold J. Seymore

Thursday, June 7, 2018

IGNITE: Safe Connections

Cohesion happens not when members of a group are smarter but when they are lit up by clear, steady signals of safe connection. - Daniel Coyle, Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Effective Groups  [Photo credit: UAF Wildland Fire Crew]
[Photo credit: UAF Wildland Fire Crew]
Cohesion happens not when members of a group are smarter but when they are lit up by clear, steady signals of safe connection. - Daniel Coyle, Culture Code: The Secrets of Highly Effective Groups

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

IGNITE: From the Field for the Field Campaign Challenge

Leading Through Relations: 2018 National Wildland Fire Leadership Campaign

2018 WILDLAND FIRE LEADERSHIP CAMPAIGN CHALLENGE
Time for a bigger challenge for our annual campaign. This one may stretch you a bit. As a team, select another team with whom you can develop a common purpose (beyond a fireline task) and accomplish that task. You can also choose to help another team develop their leadership. Here are some ideas:
  • Challenge another team to a team building activity. 
  • Team with another group to do something for your community (could be fire camp). 
  • Start a roving leadership library. Pass books on to another team. 
  • Conduct a preplanning exercise with another team.
We would love to hear other ideas and see the fruits of your action.
IGNITE the Spark for Leadership and SHARE through your spheres of influence.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Is Your Trust Triangle Wobbling?

(Credit: Geralt/Pixabay)
How do you go from a "toxic pirate culture that included numerous allegations of sexism, ethical corner-cutting and a take-no-prisoners approach*"  to a company customers and employees can trust? How do you rebuild broken trust?

Monday, June 4, 2018

IGNITE: Complacency

“The danger is greatest when the finish line is in sight.” ~ Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles ~ (Hotshot crew hiking back to vehicles)
(Photo credit: Redding IHC)

“The danger is greatest when the finis“The danger is greatest when the finish line is in sight.” ~ Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles ~ 

is in sight.”


~ Steven Pressfield, The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles ~

Thursday, May 31, 2018

IGNITE: Safety - The Foundation of a Strong Culture

Safety is not mere emotional weather but rather the foundation on which strong culture is built. - Daniel Coyle  [Photo credit: Mark Von Twillow, sundowner effect on Whittier fire, July 14, 2017]
[Photo credit: Mark Von Twillow, sundowner effect on Whittier fire, July 14, 2017]
Safety is not mere emotional weather but rather the foundation on which strong culture is built. - Daniel Coyle

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

America's Prepareathon! - Building Relationships with Community Partners

Prepare Your Organization for a Wildfire Playbook
(Credit: FEMA/Ready.gov)
As wildland fire leaders, we look beyond ourselves and to the greater good. Involvement in community wildfire preparedness is one way we can nurture our mission-driven culture. One way to build relationships within your community is to hold an America's PrepareAthon! Day of Action.

Monday, May 28, 2018

Happy Memorial Day 2018

“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli ~  HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY and shoutout to all those supporting operations this holiday.  [Photo: Pioneer Peak IHC] (fire vehicle heading into the sunset; flag in the back)
[Photo: Pioneer Peak IHC]
“The legacy of heroes is the memory of a great name and the inheritance of a great example.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli ~

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY! 

We send our gratitude to all those supporting operations this holiday.