Thursday, December 5, 2019

IGNITE: Leadership Is a Gift

wildland firefighters hiking through the forest

“Leadership is a gift. It's given by those who follow. You have to be worthy of it." ♦ General Mark Welsh ♦

[Photo: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC]

#fireleadership

Tuesday, December 3, 2019

Read the Book - See the Movie

book coming to life
Image by Mystic Art Design from Pixabay 
For 15 seasons, I was a dispatcher. My "view" of the fire situation was much different than those of you on the fire ground. I experienced the course of events more like reading a book, whereas those on the front lines were watching the movie. Much of my experience was made up (rightly or wrongly so) in my mind. The storylines included things like plane crashes with bodies still in the cockpit, fires threatening homes and communities, a dead body in a garbage bag found on a dirt road in the middle of the desert, and scanner communications with agents practicing for upcoming operations (maybe even Ruby Ridge). Each and every time, I made up the imagery. Whoever says dispatching is easy never did it.

Monday, December 2, 2019

Challenge 81: The Art of Leadership

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Challenge 81: The Art of Leadership
Leaders set the example.
  • In your journal, write down how you want to be seen by your team members.
  • Conduct an evaluation (could be a 360-degree assessment) to see if your perception matches reality.
#artofleadership

IGNITE: The Undoing of One's Self


Doing nothing for others is the undoing of one's self. - Horace Mann

[Photo: Justin Vernon]

#fireleadership

Friday, November 29, 2019

Challenge 80: The Art of Leadership

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Challenge 80: The Art of Leadership

Leaders should be fit for duty.
  • In your journal, make a plan to:
    • Meditate/reflect daily.
    • Eat well.
    • Exercise.
  • Implement your plan.
#artofleadership

Thursday, November 28, 2019

IGNITE: Giving Thanks

[Image: johnhain]
"Gratitude helps us remember what is good in our lives." - Dr. Robert Schachter, "Mindfulness for Stress Management 
Share your expressions of gratitude here. 

We will start with ours: We are grateful for the support and encouragement we get from our followers. 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

Message of Gratitude

red candle surrounded by words of gratitude
[Image: John Hain/Pixabay]
"Gratitude helps us remember what is good in our lives." - Dr. Robert Schachter, "Mindfulness for Stress Management 

Share your expressions of gratitude on our Facebook page or Twitter feed. Respond to the similar post.

We will start with ours: We are grateful for the support and encouragement we get from our followers. 

Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Red Cup - Yellow Cup - Green Cup

red, yellow, and green party cups
(Photo: Amazon)
During the 1990s, I taught business education in a jr./sr. high school in a small Idaho town. It was during that time that I took a Dr. Harry Wong. Dr. Wong was renowned for classroom management techniques. One of the techniques I learned from him was the use of colored party cups as a communication technique. (I would see this communication technique years later at our local Brazilian grill.)

Monday, November 25, 2019

Challenge 79: The Art of Leadership


Challenge 79: The Art of Leadership

Effective leaders are good followers.
  • Read Col. Phillip S. Meilinger’s article “The Ten Rules of Good Followership." [http://bit.ly/2o2d5z6]
  • Write the 10 rules in your journal.
  • Share the rules with your team.
#artofleadership

IGNITE: The Virtue of Kindness

wildland firefighters in smoke with sun shining through
“Kindness is the virtue that the deaf can hear and the blind can see.”

[Photo: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC]

#fireleadership

Friday, November 22, 2019

Challenge 78: The Art of Leadership


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Challenge 78: The Art of Leadership

Successful leaders lead change to leave the organization stronger than they found it.
  • Are you or have you been an agent of change?
  • Is the organization stronger because of your efforts.
#artofleadership

Thursday, November 21, 2019

IGNITE: In Their Shoes

“Empathy is about standing in someone else’s shoes, feeling with his or her heart, seeing with his or her eyes. Not only is empathy hard to outsource and automate, but it makes the world a better place." ♦ Daniel Pink ♦
[Photo: La Grande IHC]

#fireleadership

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

DANG ANGER DANGER

(Photo credit: Brian Childs)
[This blog first ran on December 22, 2015.]

Much of what we are shown our culture about leadership is depicted usually by a person which you don’t want to disappoint. We’re shown examples of leadership from many sources directly and indirectly. The common representations are a leader that has a short fuse ready to blow up and belittle our esteem being so easily triggered by our mistakes. This is what is accepted as normal and all we can expect. Is it effective? Somewhat, but is it ideal?

Monday, November 18, 2019

Challenge 77: The Art of Leadership

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Challenge 77: The Art of Leadership
Reflect on the last year by reviewing your journal.
  • Do you feel you have advanced your leadership art?
  • Are there unfinished challenges you would like to complete?
#artofleadership

IGNITE: Learn from Others

forest fire at sunset
“Learn from the mistakes of others. You can't live long enough to make them all yourself.” ♦ Matthew Syed, “Black Box Thinking” ♦
[Photo credit: Devil's Canyon Veteran's Handcrew

#fireleadership

Friday, November 15, 2019

Challenge 76: The Art of Leadership

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Challenge 76: The Art of Leadership

Leaders lead by example. In your journal:

  • Make a list of the top five attributes you expect your team to exhibit.
  • What behaviors might YOU practice that display the attributes you expect from others?

Adapted from Dan Rockwell’s Leadership Freak blog @ http://bit.ly/2mGKqi7

#artofleadership

Thursday, November 14, 2019

IGNITE: Being Better

sawyer cutting tree
"True leaders do not work to do better than anyone else, they work to do better than themselves. And that's what makes them better leaders.” ♦ Simon Sinek ♦

[Photo: Entiat IHC]

#fireleadership

Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Dressing Up Leadership

(Image by Horst Koenemund from Pixabay)
Most of us learned about liquid density from grade school science experiments.
The physical property of density helps scientists separate liquids. When two liquids are placed in a container, the denser liquid will fall to the bottom. The less dense liquid will rise to the top. (PowerKnowledge - Physical Science)

Monday, November 11, 2019

Challenge #75: The Art of Leadership

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Challenge #75: The Art of Leadership
Bring out the best in others. Dan Rockwell suggests:
  • Participate.
  • Expect more from yourself than you expect from others.
  • Treat everyone the same.
  • Walk around.
  • Always do what you say.
  • Apologize when you screw up.
  • Clarify commitments.
#artofleadership

IGNITE: In Honor of Our Veterans

Wildland Firefighter Monument @ NIFC at sunrise
"As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them." ♦ John Fitzgerald Kennedy ♦
[Photo: Nicole Oke/NIFC]

#fireleadership

Friday, November 8, 2019

Challenge #74: The Art of Leadership



Challenge #74: The Art of Leadership
Self-care is vital for a leader’s well-being.
  • Spend 30 minutes to 1 hour disconnected from electronic devices.
  • Engage is physical activity.
  • Spend time with friends and family. 
#artofleadership

Thursday, November 7, 2019

IGNITE: Assistance Is Okay

firefighters building or repairing fence

It marks a big step in your development when you come to realize that other people can help you do a better job than you could do alone. ♦ Andrew Carnegie ♦

[Photo: La Grande IHC]

#fireleadership

Tuesday, November 5, 2019

It Is About You

tents in a mountain meadow
(Photo: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC)
I recently took an emotional intelligence in the workplace course. My intent of attending the course was to ensure I was passing along the most current information to our followers. Many times these course are less than stellar. Even though I failed at the registration process, the course coordinator allowed me to attend. Little did I know, the course was more about me in the workplace than others in the workplace. This course turned out to be one of the best leadership courses I have attended (and it came with a personal counseling session with the instructor).

Monday, November 4, 2019

Challenge #73: The Art of Leadership

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Challenge #73: The Art of Leadership

Leaders are readers and writers.
#artofleadership

IGNITE: Success

firefighters burning from a road
Coming together is a beginning.
Keeping together is progress.
Working together is success.
♦ John C. Maxwell ♦


[Photo: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC]
#fireleadership

Friday, November 1, 2019

Challenge 72: The Art of Leadership

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Challenge 72: The Art of Leadership
Leaders pay forward the good they have received.
  • In your journal, document the good others have done for you.
  • Make a plan to pay forward those good deeds.
#artofleadership

Thursday, October 31, 2019

IGNITE: The Personal and Interpersonal Matter

firefighters standing by the crew buggy
“While leadership as a discipline is very, very important, the personal and interpersonal sides of leadership are every bit as important as the great leadership themes of vision, execution, strategy, and the like.” ♦ Henry Cloud ♦
[Photo: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC]

#fireleadership

Tuesday, October 29, 2019

If People Matter, Show Them

four smiley faces and one frowny face
(Image by Gerd Altmann from Pixabay)
"While leadership as a discipline is very, very important, the personal and interpersonal sides of leadership are every bit as important as the great leadership themes of vision, execution, strategy, and the like." - Henry Cloud, Boundaries for Leaders
I am rarely surprised by the answer I get from our followers when asked, "What is a leaders most important asset?" The resounding answer is "my people." People do matter, and they have a lot to say if only the leader has the ears to hear and the eyes to see.

Monday, October 28, 2019

Challenge 71: The Art of Leadership

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Challenge 71: The Art of Leadership
“We all know the importance of asking for help, but those who achieve big things are the ones who accept it when it’s offered.” – Simon Sinek
  • Write this quote in your journal and make a commitment to accept help.
#artofleadership

IGNITE: Leadership is a Relationship

firefighters on a ridge
Leadership is a relationship between leaders and followers - Kouzes and Posner
[Photo: San Juan IHC]

#fireleadership

Friday, October 25, 2019

Challenge #63 - The Art of Leadership

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Challenge #63 - The Art of Leadership 

Leaders surround themselves with people who can hold them accountable and can give them honest feedback. 
  • Do you have an inner circle?
  • Evaluate your inner circle to ensure you have people who ask the hard questions and keep you honest. 
#artofleadership

Challenge 70: The Art of Leadership

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Challenge 70: The Art of Leadership

Making decisions is something all leaders must do.

Read Mike Vangel’s Stanford Magazine article “Nine Tips for Smarter Decision-Making.”

#artofleadership

Thursday, October 24, 2019

hotshot crew walking
Legacy is not leaving something "for" people. Legacy is about leaving something "in" people. ♦ The Daily Coach blog ♦

[Photo: Kari Greer/USFS]

#fireleadership

Tuesday, October 22, 2019

Time to Listen

nail
(Image by Michael Schwarzenberger from Pixabay) 
In May 2013, Jason Headly released his "It's Not About the Nail" video. Since that time it has received over 19 million views. The message is clear. "Don't try to fix it. I just need you to listen."

Monday, October 21, 2019

Challenge 69: The Art of Leadership


Challenge 69: The Art of Leadership

Leaders ensure they do not let the opportunity pass to grow.
  • Is there something you want to learn how to do? Do it.
  • Make growing as a leader a priority. Schedule time in your day for a learning activity.
#artofleadership

IGNITE: No Such Thing

firefighters fixing fence
There is no such thing as a minor lapse of integrity. ♦ Tom Peters♦

[Photo: Entiat IHC]

#fireleadership

Friday, October 18, 2019

Challenge #68: The Art of Leadership

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Challenge #68: The Art of Leadership
"To be authentic is to be at peace with your imperfections." - Simon Sinek
  • In your journal, acknowledge your imperfections. Document what, if anything, you can/plan to do to address them.
#artofleadership

Thursday, October 17, 2019

IGNITE: Deliberate Much

night operations on the fireline
Deliberate much before saying and doing anything, for you will not have the power of recalling what has been said or done. ♦ Epictetus ♦
[Photo: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC]

#fireleadership

Tuesday, October 15, 2019

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions

Mann Gulch fire - August 4, 1949
(View of the Mann Gulch fire from the plane)
We talk a lot about the importance of crew cohesion within the Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program. Teams must be cohesive. But what happens to the team when chaos wrecks havoc within the fire environment? Do we follow our individual instinct or do we defer to others with more knowledge and experience?

Monday, October 14, 2019

Challenge #67: The Art of Leadership

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Challenge #67: The Art of Leadership

Respond to the following question in your journal:
  • What's the one accomplishment you've made in your life that you're proudest and how has it impacted how you lead?
#artofleadership

IGNITE: Invite Input

fire suppression night operations
To create safety, leaders need to actively invite input. - Amy Edmondson

[Photo: La Grande IHC]

#fireleadership

Friday, October 11, 2019

Challenge #66: The Art of Leadership


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Challenge #66: The Art of Leadership
Caring for self and others is a duty of every leader. Chronic workplace stress can cause burnout. Know the signs and how to avoid it.
#artofleadership

Thursday, October 10, 2019

IGNITE: Close Enough Yet Far Enough

firefighters on a rocky trail

Leaders must be close enough to relate to others, but far enough ahead to motivate them. ♦ John C. Maxwell ♦

[Photo: Midewin IHC]

#fireleadership

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Karels Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

(L to R: Mark Stanford, Jim Karels, Shawnna Legarza, Tom Boggus)
(L to R: Mark Stanford, Jim Karels, Shawnna Legarza, Tom Boggus. Photo: Florida Forest Service)

PAUL GLEASON LEAD BY EXAMPLE AWARD
Lifetime Achievement
Jim Karels
2019

Jim Karels is a man of vision and action. His leadership attributes are not only evident to the citizens he serves but also to those who serve with him, both within his organization and throughout the wildland fire service.

Monday, October 7, 2019

Challenge #65: The Art of Leadership

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Challenge #65: The Art of Leadership
Coach John Wooden began his quest for defining “success” with two principles:
  • Don’t try to be better than someone else.
  • Always try to be the best you can be.
In your journal, define your guiding principles and your definition of success.

[Source: Coach Wooden’s Pyramid of Success, John Wooden & Jay Carty]

#artofleadership

Trust is Built on Truth

firefighters digging line

Trust is built on telling the truth, not telling people what they want to hear. ♦ Simon Sinek ♦

[Photo: B. Nealy/Devil's Canyon Veterans Handrew]

#fireleadership


Friday, October 4, 2019

Challenge #64 - The Art of Leadership

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Challenge #64 - The Art of Leadership

Keeping stress at a manageable level should be the goal of every person.
  • Read Dr. Robert Schachter’s book Mindfulness for Stress Management: 50 Ways To Improve Your Mood And Cultivate Calmness.
#artofleadership

Thursday, October 3, 2019

IGNITE: Take Care of Those in Your Charge


fighting fire at night with glow of fire in the background
“Leadership is not about being in charge. Leadership is about taking care of those in your charge.” 

♦ Simon Sinek

Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Slow Down You Move Too Fast

sun shining with butterfly flitting around - slow down

Today's blog is inspired by Jacqueline Woodson's TedTalk "What Reading Slowly Taught Me About Writing." Jacqueline talks about how the speed reading craze impacted her ability to write. Like Jacqueline, I was a child of the '70s and remember how much this effort affected reading in my family.

Monday, September 30, 2019

Challenge #63 - The Art of Leadership


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Challenge #63 - The Art of Leadership
Leaders surround themselves with people who can hold them accountable and can give them honest feedback.
  • Do you have an inner circle?
  • Evaluate your inner circle to ensure you have people who ask the hard questions and keep you honest.
#artofleadership