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]


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

easel and canvas with WFLDP logo and challenge

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.

IGNITE: The Undoing of One's Self

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

[Photo: Justin Vernon]