Thursday, August 17, 2017

IGNITE: Discover the leader within you.

Discover the leader within you.

Discover the leader within you.

[Photo: Kari Greer/USFS]

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Leading Authentically: How Do I Tell the Emperors?

By Alfred Walter Bayes, Dalziel Brothers [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
(Photo: By Alfred Walter Bayes, Dalziel Brothers [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons)
Timeless leadership is always about character, and it is always about authenticity. ~ Warren Bennis
I take pride in being a squeaky wheel, a BS caller, a canary in the coal mine. I’ll tackle the hard topics, often saying what many are thinking but don’t want to speak up about. I like that about myself, but not everyone likes that about me. As I have matured as a person and an employee, I’ve gotten better at being a bit gentler with it than I used to—at least when the situation warrants it. I’m still not great at sugar-coating things, and I feel that I shouldn’t have to when addressing my peers and my higher ups.

Monday, August 14, 2017

IGNITE: DUTY - RESPECT - INTEGRITY

DUTY RESPECT INTEGRITY

DUTY
RESPECT
INTEGRITY

[Photo: Dan Ng/NPS]

Friday, August 11, 2017

LIVE!


The hardest assignments begin with the simplest act. Adding the black band to my badge somehow makes it more real. It signifies the need, the calling to bring another fallen firefighter home for the last time. I think about July 23, 2009, often. Tom Marovich died on July 21st, but I met his parents on July 23. That day is etched in my brain. If you’ve met a mother or a father or a sister or brother, you know what I mean. That day in 2009 nearly broke me. In the years since, I've been on a quest to be strong enough to bend when faced with the stormto become more resilient.

Thursday, August 10, 2017

IGNITE: Planting the Seeds of Knowledge

If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old.  - Attributed to Lord Chesterton  [Photo: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC, Strawberry Hill fire]
If we do not plant knowledge when young, it will give us no shade when we are old. - Attributed to Lord Chesterton
[Photo: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC, Strawberry Hill fire]

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

Extreme Ownership: Get After it!

Leif Babin, George Risko, Carlos Climent, and Jocko Willink
(Leif Babin, George Risko, Carlos Climent, and Jocko Willink; photo credit: George Risko)
What is Extreme Ownership? Well, first, it’s a philosophy of leadership. It is also a book, the full title of which is Extreme Ownership: How Navy SEALs Lead and Win, written by a couple of former Navy SEALs, Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. Jocko and Leif decided to share what they’ve learned about leadership, teamwork and relationships with the world. I am of the opinion that the principles in the book also qualify it as a lifestyle—and certainly, for me, a life changer.

Monday, August 7, 2017

IGNITE: You Have a Duty to Influence Decisions

Everyone has the right and the duty to influence decision making and to understand the results. – Max De Pree
[Photo: Kari Greer/USFS, Rough fire, 2015]

Thursday, August 3, 2017

IGNITE: Kindness and Truth

Kindness doesn’t mean we avoid having difficult conversations with people. Kindness doesn’t mean we refuse to address poor performance. Kindness demands that we tell the truth. ~ Perry Noble  [Photo credit: Rob Marcroft, Martin Canyon fire (2017)]
Kindness doesn’t mean we avoid having difficult conversations with people. Kindness doesn’t mean we refuse to address poor performance. Kindness demands that we tell the truth. ~ Perry Noble

[Photo credit: Rob Marcroft, Martin Canyon fire (2017)]

Tuesday, August 1, 2017

Not Me! Ida Know! Nobody!

(Photo credit: The Family Circus by Bil and Jeff Keane)

Growing up I looked forward to reading "The Family Circus" comic strip in the Sunday newspaper (to be honest, the comics were about all I read). I don't know about you, but it seems like the artist had a lot of insight into my family. The "Not Me," "Ida Know," and "Nobody" gremlins ran rampant throughout our house. Some 40 years (or more) later, I ponder the strip's relevance as I write this blog on accountability and responsibility in the wildland fire service. WHO is ultimately responsible for decisions and actions? How far up the chain does responsibility go? Let's "unpack" a few things before we answer the question--if we can.