Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Go Save Some Shoes!

"Don't wait until you make your first million to make a difference in somebody's like. If you have something to give, give it now." ~ Mark Bezos
No act is too small when it comes to leadership. Grace, kindness and humility are woven into the fabric of great leaders. Greatness does not have to come by valor acts. Often times, our greatest moments come from the smallest actions: a smile, a helping hand, listening, coaching, or our mere presence.

In his "A Life Lesson from a Volunteer Fireman" YouTube video, Mark Bezos states it best, "Not every day offers us an opportunity to save somebody's life, but every day offers us an opportunity to affect one--to get in the game. Save the shoes!"

Watch Mark's short presentation.

Wildland Fire Leadership Challenge: Leadership is ACTION
We challenge you and/or your team to go beyond self and do something for someone else. The task does not have to be great. Here are some ideas:

  • Mentor someone.
  • Give someone a copy of "Leading in the Wildland Fire Service."
  • Identify something that needs attention and take care of it; e.g., weed a flower bed, pick up trash, wash window.
  • Say "thank you."
  • Donate your time.
If you take the challenge, we want to hear about it. Send us a message or photo to BLM_FA_Leadership_Feedback@blm.gov.

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