Friday, February 28, 2020

Challenge #7 - 2020 WFLDP Campaign

Challenge 7:

Leaders with good command presence are calm and collected during stressful situations.
  • Research the concept of mindfulness.
  • Watch Daniel Goleman videos or read his books/articles on the subject.
    • Take notes in your journal.
#2020WFLDPCampaign #commandpresence #fireleadership

Thursday, February 27, 2020

IGNITE: For the Good of the Hive

saw team working on a stump

What’s bad for the hive is bad for the bee. ♦ Marcus Aurelius ♦

[Photo: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC]


Monday, February 24, 2020

IGNITE: The Wildland Leadership Challenge

Hotshot crew clearning line
The leadership challenge in the wildland fire service is to influence people to accomplish tasks and objectives under confusing, dangerous, and ambiguous conditions. ♦ Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, p. 10 ♦

[Photo: Midewin IHC]


Friday, February 21, 2020

Challenge 6 - WLFDP Campaign

Leaders are readers. 
  • Read Amy Cuddy’s book “Presence."
  • Take notes in your journal.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

IGNITE - Ambition versus Leadership

wildland firefighters burning out
Ambition is refusing to quit on ourselves. Leadership is refusing to quit on others. ♦ Simon Sinek ♦
[Photo: Devil's Canyon Veteran's Handcrew]

#fireleadership #ambition

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

Your Body Language Shapes Who You Are

We've all heard that part of being a "good" leader is looking, sounding, and acting the part. In some of our leadership classes we talk about command presence and how tone of voice and posture influence how people respond to you as a leader. But it goes beyond just how others perceive and respond to you - your body language also influence you. In this TED Talk from 2012, author and social psychologist Amy Cuddy explores how our body language influences not only those around us, but us as individuals.

Monday, February 17, 2020

IGNITE: Perspectives

Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg Battlefield, @ sunset
“What you see and what you hear depends a great deal on where you are standing. It also depends on what sort of person you are.” ♦ C. S. Lewis, The Magician's Nephew ♦
[Photo: BLM FOG @ Seminary Ridge, Gettysburg Staff Ride]

#fireleadership #perspective #values

Friday, February 14, 2020

Thursday, February 13, 2020

IGNITE: Accepting Help

hotshot crew hiking through the forest

We all understand the importance of asking for help, but those who achieve big things are the ones who accept it when it is offered. ♦ Simon Sinek ♦
[Photo: Asheville IHC]


Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Too Hot to Handle

water and fire fist fight
(Image by Iván Tamás from Pixabay) 
This topic is probably too hot to handle, but here we go.

Did you watch the 2020 Super Bowl halftime show? What did you think?  I saw very few "meh" comments or emojis on my social media feeds. What I can tell you is my friends either loved it or hated it. Shakira and J Lo had people talking. But did Shakira and J Lo have command/executive presence?

Monday, February 10, 2020

Challenge #4 - 2020 WFLDP Leadership Campaign

2020 WFLDP logo and challenge

2020 WFLDP Campaign: Command Presence - Do you know who you are?

Challenge 4: Select a leader to monitor for a week.
  • In your journal, make note of things that add to or detract from his/her command presence.
*Avoid the temptation to observe only detractions.
#2020WFLDPCampaign #commandpresence #fireleadership

IGNITE: Reading Transformations

handcrew walking along mountain road
Reading is the sole means by which we slip, involuntarily, often helplessly into another's skin, another's voice, another's soul. - Joyce Carol Oates
[Photo: Devil's Canyon Veterans Handcrew]

#fireleadership #leadersarereaders

Thursday, February 6, 2020

IGNITE: Start With Good People

hotshots walking up a hill

Start with good people and develop them into good leaders. Don’t start with good leaders and hope you can turn them into good people. ♦ Scott Cochrane ♦
[Kari Greer/USFS]


Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Command Presence - The Cutting Edge

Image by Gundula Vogel from Pixabay
Image by Gundula Vogel from Pixabay 
Growing up near Sun Valley, Idaho, winter sports were popular. Although Sun Valley is reknowned for skiing, ice skating holds the fascination of many. I enjoyed graceful men and women gliding across the ice, jumping, and spinning as they went. Little did I know that my fasciation with ice skating would become the impetus for a leadership blog some 45 years later.

So, Pam, what does ice skating have to do with leadership, and more specifically, command presence? Today's reflections are inspired by the movie "The Cutting Edge."  I know this is a stretch, but stay with me.

Monday, February 3, 2020

IGNITE: Transformation Begins with Self

burned, dead tree with sun behind
Everyone dreams of changing the world, but few realize that the process begins with transforming themselves. ♦ The Daily Coach ♦
[Photo: La Grande IHC]