Monday, September 23, 2019

Challenge 61: The Art of Leadership


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Challenge 61: The Art of Leadership
Drills aren’t just a tool in a carpenter’s toolbox.
  • Practice! Practice! Practice!
  • Set up a drill (pre-mortem exercise) for your team.
  • Foster relationships with outside groups and hold joint drills.
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IGNITE: Do It Right the First Time

crew buggy in the darkness
“If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it again?” ♦ John Wooden ♦
[Photo: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC]
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Friday, September 20, 2019

Challenge #60 - The Art of Leadership

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Challenge #60 - The Art of Leadership

Leadership is not a solo “sport.”
  • Take a moment to thank someone who helped you get to where you are today.
  • Acknowledge someone within your sphere of influence who is presently making your job easier.
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Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Don't Tell Me What I Want to Hear

eyes on fire
(Photo: Gellinger/Pixabay)
I was talking to my co-worker about a recent fire assignment he had been on. He told me about a trainee, a hotshot crew member, he was mentoring. At one point, my co-worker asked the firefighter to go scout a section of the fire and report back to him. The firefighter came back and gave his report. My co-worker asked the firefighter what plan of action they should take. The firefighter said, "May I speak freely?" My co-worker was a bit taken back by the response and took the opportunity to lead by saying (and I paraphrase), "Of course you do! I want you to tell me what you think, not what I want to hear."

Monday, September 16, 2019

Challenge #59 - The Art of Leadership

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Challenge #59 - The Art of Leadership
Leaders put the needs of others before self.
  • Check in on someone. Be present with and available for them during your visit.
  • Devote yourself to a cause.
  • Consider being a mentor.
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IGNITE: Ask the Right Question

firefighters walking to fire
The ability to ask the right question is more than half the battle of finding the answer. ♦ Thomas J. Watson ♦
[Photo: La Grande IHC]
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Friday, September 13, 2019

Challenge #58 - The Art of Leadership

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Challenge #58 - The Art of Leadership

Great leaders know who they are and what they want. Respond to the following in your journal.
  • What defines you?
  • Are you doing what you want to be doing? Why not?
  • What about your job as a leader brings you joy?
  • What about your job causes you concern?
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Thursday, September 12, 2019

IGNITE: Understanding What We Cannot See

firefighter silhouette
Leaders understand the value in the things we cannot see.
♦ Simon Sinek

[Photo: San Juan IHC]
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Tuesday, September 10, 2019

Is Our Culture Critically Endangered?


Battle of Gettysburg cannon
Cemetery Ridge/Pickett's Charge area
I recently watched Barry Mosses' TEDx talk: Preserving endangered languages. I found the talk enlightening on multiple levels, including diversity and inclusion. With regard to leadership, however, I began thinking about the wildland fire service and the whether or not the culture change that occurred following the South Canyon tragedy is endangered.

Monday, September 9, 2019

Challenge #57 - The Art of Leadership

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Challenge #57 - The Art of Leadership 

Effective leaders maximize training effectiveness.
  • What plan do you have in place to ensure training transfer occurs? 
  • Are you fostering a culture where sharing knowledge and information is encouraged? 
  • Do you have a safe space in which people can learn? 
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IGNITE: Earn It & Claim It!

firefighters on a rock outcropping

Leadership isn't something that anyone can give you—you have to earn it and claim it for yourself.
 Travis Bradberry, forward of Great Leaders Have No Rules 

[Photo: Kari Greer/USFS]
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Friday, September 6, 2019

Challenge #56 - The Art of Leadership

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Challenge #56 - The Art of Leadership
Leaders are responsible for nurturing organizational culture.
  • Are you familiar with values, assumptions, and beliefs or your organization? Are you sharing them with your team?
  • Do the behaviors of your team members and yourself match those of the organization?
  • Develop a plan of action to address behavior issues and cultural change.
*Inspiration: Growing Influence by R. Price & S. Ennis

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Thursday, September 5, 2019

IGNITE: Your Personal Example


wildland firefighter cold training the line
The most powerful leadership tool you have is your own personal example.
Coach John Wooden


[Photo credit: Kari Greer/USFS]
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Tuesday, September 3, 2019

Be A Good Human

(Photo: Brit Floyd courtesy of Pam McDonald)
The development of character is at the heart of our development, not just as leaders, but as human beings. - John Maxwell
In 1971, Helen Ready released her song "I Am Woman." I loved her song then, and I love it now. You see, talking about gender is not something new. Having been in wildland fire for more than 30 years, I have seen the gender issue come and go. Some might say I am a survivor. I consider myself a good and loyal servant.  You see, I see firefighters as humans—not male or female.

Monday, September 2, 2019

Challenge #55 - The Art of Leadership

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Challenge #55 - The Art of Leadership
In your journal, respond to the following questions. Include a plan of action.
  • Are you content with your job?
  • Are you learning enough?
  • Are you challenged enough?
  • What causes you joy and discontent with your job?
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IGNITE: The Essential Need for Moral Courage

American flag with fire behind
"Moral courage is a rarer commodity than bravery in battle or great intelligence. Yet it is the one essential, vital quality for those who seek to change a world that yields most painfully to change.“ ♦ Robert F. Kennedy ♦
[Photo: Globe IHC]
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