Friday, May 24, 2019

Challenge #26: The Art of Leadership


easel and canvas with WFLDP logo and challenge

Challenge #26 - Art of Leadership 

The next time you experience a failure, think about why you failed instead of who was at fault. Try to look at it objectively so that you can do better next time. Ask yourself: 
  • What lessons have I learned? 
  • How can I turn the failure into success? 
  • Where did I succed as well as fail? 
(Source: EQUIP by John Maxwell)

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Be Better

weather kit and backpack

A couple years ago, I was talking to a senior executive from a local multi-level marketing company on leadership. I thought we were talking about delivering a leadership session to others, but I got schooled in leadership instead. In a nutshell, she taught me that being the best doesn't make you better.

Monday, May 20, 2019

Challenge #25: The Art of Leadership

easel and canvas with WFLDP logo
BE • KNOW • DO

Doing: You must act____________. 
(Fill in the blank and post in your journal.)

#fireleadership
#artofleadership

IGNITE: True Confidence

squirrel in firefighter backpack

True confidence isn’t threatened when others experience success or rise in the ranks. It takes joy in contributing to it. - Bill Treasurer & Captain John Havlik, “The Leadership Killer”

[Photo: La Grande IHC]

#fireleadership

Friday, May 17, 2019

Challenge #24: The Art of Leadership

easel and canvas with WFLDP logo
BE • KNOW • DO

Knowing: You must know ____________. 
(Fill in the blank and post in your journal.)

#fireleadership
#artofleadership

Thursday, May 16, 2019

IGNITE: Leader of Self

crew buggy with vibrant sunset in the back
Be a leader of your own life.

[Photo: Entiat IHC]

#fireleadership #selfleadership

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Let Go & Lead

broken chain
(Photo credit: JanBaby/Pixabay)
Think of how great our teams would be if we were able to balance goal attainment and worker satisfaction. Rarely does this happen, but this goal should be to what we all strive. One thing a leader can do to make more effective teams is to share elements of control with their team members.

Monday, May 13, 2019

Challenge #23: The Art of Leadership

easel and canvas with WFLDP logo

BE • KNOW • DO

Being: You must be ____________. 
(Fill in the blank and post in your journal.)

#fireleadership
#artofleadership

IGNITE: The Leadership License

firefighter looking up at fire in the forest

Leadership is not a license to do less. Leadership is a responsibility to do more. - Simon Sinek

[Photo: Golden Eagles IHC]

#fireleadership

Friday, May 10, 2019

Challenge #22 - The Art of Leadership

easel and canvas with WFLDP logo

Challenge #22: Art of Leadership
Take notes in your journal as you watch Julian Treasure's TEDTalk "How to Speak So People Want to Listen."

Practice what you say and how you say it. 

#artofleadership #fireleadership

Thursday, May 9, 2019

IGNITE: We All Lead

crew buggy with firefighter who is looking at sunset

We don't need to be extroverted or charismatic to practice leadership. - Travis Bradberry, from the forward of "Great Leaders Have No Rules" 


[Photo credit: Kyle Miller/USFS]

Tuesday, May 7, 2019

Leadership Under the Microscope

(Credit: Kermy/Pixabay)
Are you expecting to lead or learn to be a leader without a exerting a little energy? Leadership development is an active process the requires engagement both followers and leaders. 

As a wildland fire professional, each one of us has a duty to take care of those we lead or follow, those we work beside, and those we serve. This duty requires we take an active role in whatever level of leadership we find ourselves.

So what does it mean to take an active role in the process? Let's go back to learning about science and cell transport.

Monday, May 6, 2019

Challenge #21: The Art of Leadership

easel and canvas with WFLDP logo

Read Brene Brown's book Dare to Lead.

IGNITE: Leadership is Built Over Time

firefighter packs and hardhats
Leaders are known as honest, fair, and caring based on the habits they exhibit not in a single moment but over time. - General Martin Dempsey

#fireleadership
[Credit: Kari Greer/USFS]

Friday, May 3, 2019

Challenge #20 - The Art of Leadership

easel and canvas with WFLDP logo


Challenge #20: The Art of Influence
Identify, develop, and nurture future leaders. Develop a plan of action with each person identified.

#artofleadership #fireleadership

Thursday, May 2, 2019

IGNITE: Failure is a Temporary Condition


forest socked in with smoke and the sun obscured (Failure is a temporary condition. Afterward it is a lesson learned.  Brian Scudmore, "WTF?! – Willing to Fail")
Failure is a temporary condition. 
Brian Scudmore, WTF?! – Willing to Fail

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

The Power of a Story

(Photo: Morgan888/Pixabay)
Storytelling is woven into the fabric of our culture. When I became involved in wildland fire training development, I was told that one of the most important aspects of the NWCG curriculum is the instructor's experience. Being able to tell our stories is a powerful teaching tool. Not everyone has the gift of storytelling, but nearly everyone has a story to tell and can learn the skill.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Challenge #19 - The Art of Leadership

easel and canvas with WFLDP logo and challenge

IGNITE: Leadership Is Hard

dead tree that had been hit by lightning some time in its history
Leadership is hard, but the challenges you’ll face as a leader don’t require that you compromise your integrity, misuse your leadership power, or act obnoxiously and selfishly. - Bill Treasurer, The Leadership Killer

Friday, April 26, 2019

Challenge #18: The Art of Leadership


easel and canvas with WFLDP logo
Survey your team members. What special gifts do they bring to the organization?

Thursday, April 25, 2019

IGNITE: The Capacity to Develop and Improve


It is the capacity to develop and improve their skills that distinguishes leaders from their followers.    Warren Bennix & Burt Nanus (wildland firefighters learning around a sand table)
(Photo credit: Baker River IHC)
It is the capacity to develop and improve their skills that distinguishes leaders from their followers.
 Warren Bennis & Burt Nanus œ

Tuesday, April 23, 2019

Boise Helitack Receives the Lead by Example Award for Initiative and Innovation

Boise Helitack
Boise District - BLM
Honored for Initiative and Innovation


Boise District Helitack with their 2019 Gleason Award for motivation and vision
Boise District Helitack with their 2019 Gleason Award for motivation and vision
The Boise Helitack has been selected as one of the recipients for the 2018 Paul Gleason Lead by Example Award. Three individuals and one group from across the wildland fire service have been chosen to receive this national award.

Pete Barry Receives LBE Award for Mentoring and Teamwork


Pete Barry accepting award from Colorado State Forester Mike Lester)
(State Forester Mike Lester, right, presents the Lead by Example Award to Pete Barry)
Pete Barry
Colorado State Forest Service
Honored for Mentoring and Teamwork



Pete Barry has been selected as one of the recipients for the 2018 Paul Gleason Lead by Example Award. Three individuals and one group from across the wildland fire service have been chosen to receive this national award.

Monday, April 22, 2019

Challenge 17: The Art of Leadership

easel and canvas with WFLDP logo (Challenge #17: Art of Leadership In your journal, ponder the following: Are you a leader who does fire work or are you a firefighter who does leadership?)

Challenge #17: Art of Leadership
In your journal, ponder the following: Are you a leader who does fire work or are you a firefighter who does leadership?

IGNITE: Stress, Fear & Panic


Stress, fear, and panic predictably lead to the collapse of clear thinking and organizational structure.   Ted Putnam (photo credit: Kari Greer/USFS) (pink ribbons leading path in the forest)

Stress, fear, and panic predictably lead to the collapse of clear thinking and organizational structure. - Ted Putnam



Ted Putnam

Friday, April 19, 2019

Challenge #16 - The Art of Leadership

Easel with canvas featuring WFLDP logo (Challenge #16: The Art of Leadership  Be willing to follow should the need or circumstance arise.)

Challenge #16: The Art of Leadership

Be willing to follow should the need or circumstance arise.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

IGNITE: Trading the Indulgences of Complacency

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, page 67 (large wildfire smoke plume)
[Photo credit, Wayne Grieff, Cedar fire, 2016]
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, page 67
Do your part and share the word.

#fireleadership #fireminis

Tuesday, April 16, 2019

Innovation - Is the Risk Worth the Reward?

innovation image (gears with the word embeded)
(Credit: Geralt/Pixabay)
(This is the last in a four-part series.)
"A measure of the degree of freedom from risk or conditions that can cause death, physical harm, or equipment or property damage." - Interagency Standards for Fire and Fire Aviation Operations
RISK

Risk is inherent in life. We can do risk assessment after risk assessment, but each results in an estimate. The difference between risk and uncertainty is infinite. Therefore, we are faced with asking ourselves, "How much risk am I willing to assume?"

Monday, April 15, 2019

IGNITE: In Service

(Photo credit: Kari Greer/USFS)
If serving is below you, leadership is beyond you. – Anonymous

IGNITE the Spark for Leadership. LIKE and SHARE throughout your networks. #fireleadership #fireminis

Be sure to check out the Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program website.

Friday, April 12, 2019

Challenge #15 - The Art of Leadership

2019 National Wildland Fire Leadership Campaign - The Art of Leadership (easel with WFLDP logo and When a team member is not performing to your standard, ask youself if you've done all you can to help them.)

Challenge #15 - The Art of Leadership
When a team member is not performing to your standard, ask youself if you've done all you can to help them.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

IGNITE: Inspired Leadership


Inspired leadership is created when the ego is destroyed. - Mareo McCracken (firefighter in background with fire in foreground)
Inspired leadership is created when the ego is destroyed.
 Mareo McCracken œ

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Innovation: Disruptions

innovation image (gears with the word embeded)
(Credit: Geralt/Pixabay)
(This is the third in a four-part series.)

Last week I wrote on the how leadership interaction can affect innovation. This week, we focus on disruption. The inspiration for this blog comes from a statement by Steven Justice - Advanced Development Programs, Lockheed Martin RET.

When you stand in the future and look back, you are not bound by what you currently know. Drag the future into the present. A true innovative idea is disruptive, especially if there is a legacy system in place. 

Monday, April 8, 2019

Challenge #14 - The Art of Leadership

2019 National Wildland Fire Leadership Campaign - The Art of Leadership (easel with WFLDP logo and Challenge #14 - The Art of Leadership Model the emotions you want your team members to display.)

Challenge #14 - The Art of Leadership
Model the emotions you want your team members to display.

IGNITE: Lessons Learned

We have to be willing to fail, to be wrong, to start over again with lessons learned. - Angela Duckworth  [Photo credit: Kari Greer/USFS] (drone against a blue sky with a few whispy clouds)


We have to be willing to fail, to be wrong, to start over again with lessons learned. - Angela Duckworth

[Photo credit: Kari Greer/USFS]

Friday, April 5, 2019

Challenge #13 - The Art of Leadership


Challenge #13 - The Art of Leadership
In your journal, list your weaknesses. Next to each, write how you plan to turn that weakness into a strength.

Thursday, April 4, 2019

IGNITE: Practice, Practice, Practice


 Leading effectively is a composite skillset enhanced by practice. - Michael Useem (lit drip torch)
Leading effectively is a composite skillset enhanced by practice. - Michael Useem

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Innovation: Committees in Disguise

innovation image (gears with the word embeded)
(Credit: Geralt/Pixabay)
(This is the second in a four-part series.)

LEADERSHIP

Last week I wrote on the necessity component of innovation. This week, we focus on leadership. The inspiration for this blog comes from a statement by Sean Roach Associate Deputy Director, CIA, Digital Innovation, in Blackbird - Legacy of Innovation.
"You can do a lot with a small team. In fact, you really want the smallest team possible. Over time, if you hire more and more people, they will do more and more good things for you; but you can lose agility and decision making, especially. You won't grow your people. They will self-select out of tough problems, and you won't groom the next generation to bring on the next kind of A-12."

Monday, April 1, 2019

Challenge #12: The Art of Leadership


Write what's important to you in your journal. Prioritize your list. Are you committed to upholding your list?

IGNITE: The Need for Ethical Leaders

The world needs good and ethical leaders who put their power to work on our behalf...and not for the gratification of their own egos! - Bill Treasurer & John Havlik (firefighters in foreground; fire in background)
The world needs good and ethical leaders who put their power to work on our behalf...and not for the gratification of their own egos! - Bill Treasurer & John Havlik

Friday, March 29, 2019

Challenge #11 - The Art of Leadership

2019 National Wildland Fire Leadership Campaign - The Art of Leadership (easel with WFLDP logo on canvas)

Challenge #11 - The Art of Leadership:
Practice active listening. Be fully present during conversations.

Thursday, March 28, 2019

IGNITE: Discipline

Discipline your thoughts to remain steadfast in what you know is right. - John Maxwell (hotshots walking through a canyon)
Discipline your thoughts to remain steadfast in what you know is right. - John Maxwell


Tuesday, March 26, 2019

Innovation - A Matter of Necessity

innovation image (gears with the word embeded)
(Credit: Geralt/Pixabay)
(This is the first of a four-part series.)

My husband's favorite aircraft is the SR-71, Blackbird. We've gone to many an air and space museum to check out this iconic figure. I never caught "Blackbird Fever" until I watched the documentary "Blackbird - Legacy of Innovation." The second part of the documentary caught this leadership geek's attention and admiration. The connections to current wildland fire concerns (recruitment, retention, loss of life, global warming, etc.) caused me to pause.

American Public Television has the rights to this video until 2021, so I will try to highlight topics that relate to the wildland fire service. I challenge students of leadership to watch your public television station schedules for future broadcasts in your area.

Monday, March 25, 2019

Challenge #10 - The Art of Leadership


Easel with WFLDP logo. 2019 Wildland Fire Leadership Campaign - The Art of Leadership, Challenge #10

Make time in your daily schedule to take care of yourself (read, meditate, walk, etc.)



IGNITE: Sincerity

You can't fake sincerity. - Rob Goffee & Gareth Jones (firefighter with drip torch)

You can't fake sincerity. - Rob Goffee & Gareth Jones 

Friday, March 22, 2019

Kim Kelly Receives Lead by Example Award

L to R: Mr. Bryan Mercier, Northwest Regional Director; Ms. Kim Kelly; Darron Williams, Northwest Fire Management Officer; Mr. Jim James, Deputy Bureau Director, Field Operations
(L to R: Mr. Bryan Mercier, Northwest Regional Director; Ms. Kim Kelly;
Darron Williams, Northwest Fire Management Officer;
Mr. Jim James, Deputy Bureau Director, Field Operations)
Kim Kelly with her awardKim Kelly
Fire Ecologist
NW Regional Office/BIA
Honored for Motivation and Vision

Kim Kelly has been selected as one of the recipients for the 2018 Paul Gleason Lead by Example Award. Three individuals and one group from across the wildland fire service have been chosen to receive this national award.

Thursday, March 21, 2019

IGNITE: Beyond Limits

“Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible.” - Colin Powell [wildland firefighters and dozers in the smoke]
Leadership is the art of accomplishing more than the science of management says is possible.” - Colin Powell

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Don't Like the Answer? Don't Ask the Question!

Man sitting on a question mark
A while back a friend told a story about a conversation she had with her husband. My friend asked her husband a question and didn't like the answer he gave her. His reply: "If you don't like the answer, don't ask the question."

How many times do we ask a question hoping to get the answer we want to receive? As leaders, we need to be willing to accept whatever answer we get to a question even if it isn't what we expected.In the HBR.org blog post "Don't Ask for Feedback Unless You Want It," Ron Askenas offers the following advice with regard to feedback:

Monday, March 18, 2019

Challenge #9 - The Art of Leadership

Easel holding canvas with picture of the Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program logo - Challenge: Spend time with each team member individually.

Challenge: Spend time with each team member individually.

IGNITE: The Power of Experience

A book may give us wisdom, but it cannot make us wise.  Kamlesh D. Patel & Joshua Pollock  [Photo: Carson City BLM @ Rattlesnake Fire Memorial]
A book may give us wisdom, but it cannot make us wise. - Kamlesh D. Patel & Joshua Pollock

[Photo: Carson City BLM]