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Leadership is much like a tree with a common root system from which we all grow. The basic leadership principles are all the same. How we apply those principles is what makes our particular branch grow and thrive...or not. By observing the health of other branches as well as own, we can identify problems early and apply care and correction to keep the rest of the tree and root structure healthy.
Benchmarking is a common practice and sensible exercise to establish baselines, define best practices, identify improvement opportunities and create a competitive environment within the organization. Benchmarking helps companies:
- Gain an independent perspective about how well they perform compared to other companies
- Clearly identify specific areas of opportunity
- Validate assumptions
- Prioritize improvement opportunities
- Set performance expectations
- Monitor company performance and manage change
- What is your local unit/organization doing to benchmark other organizations?
- Are other organizations benchmarking you?
- Is there an organization you think the NWCG Leadership Subcommittee should benchmark? Contact us.
I recently had the opportunity to bring my two passions—faith and leadership development—together in the learning environment. As part of my self-development and benchmarking opportunity for the program, I attended Faith and Leadership Week (part of the Executive Scholars program) at Northwestern University's Kellogg School of Management. For four days, professors shared path-breaking thought research and current trends in leadership. Everything I learned during my week at Kellogg can and will be transferred to the wildland fire service. Students of fire leadership will recognize the topics we studied:
- Living the Vision
- Diversity and Inclusion
- Persuasion and Influence
- Decision Making
- Team Building
- Leading Mission-Driven Change
- Leading Today
This is a part of my personal journey for the 2016 Wildland Fire Leadership Campaign—Never Stop Learning. Be sure to check back often for the next stop on my journey...it could involve you!
Pam McDonald is a writer/editor for BLM Wildland Fire Training and Workforce Development and member of the NWCG Leadership Subcommittee. The expressions are those of the author.