Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Success is a Continuous Journey

"Fire leaders trade the indulgences of complacency, second-guessing, and fault-finding for the responsibilities of bringing order out of chaos, improving our people, and building our organizations." ~ Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, p. 67.
As the statement says above, wildland firefighters do not indulge in complacency. Take a moment to reflect upon the leadership lessons embedded within this short TED Talk by Richard St. John on success. Although the talk focuses mainly on financial success, the model can easily be transferred to leadership in the wildland fire environment.

Video Takeaways
  • Success is not a one-way street. Once you achieve success, don't retreat to your comfort zone and stop doing what you did to get you there.
  • Work hard and push yourself.
  • Ask questions. Be curious. Listen. Observe. Problem solve. Make connections.
  • Focus on the task and people.
  • Follow your passion and do what you love.
  • Serve others.
  • Be persistent.
(Photo credit: Richard St. John's website)

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