And Yet It Moves

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One group hails it as proof of the science.  The other, the “pussification” of the fire service.  There are those who say, “This isn’t new stuff, we were taught this years ago.”  Others say, “This is cutting edge knowledge.”  It seems that there are as many who want to assail the tactic of exterior streams […]

Consider This

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While at the eye doctor in Savannah the other day, I had an interesting experience.  I had to leave from work to go to my appointment, so I was in uniform.  While standing at the desk to check out, a woman almost directly behind me became faint.  She slumped into a chair as I turned […]

Speak With Real Knowing

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I happened to be able to enjoy a day listening and learning from Curt Varone this week, as he visited our department and we spoke about the ethics of leading. The discussion happened to tie in with some observations on communicating that I have made lately with my coursework.  Ethical principles should guide our business and […]

The Part We Forget

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You may not be familiar with Dr. Bruce Tuckman’s 1965 article, Developmental Sequence in Small Groups, but you are probably aware of the end result: The “Forming, Storming, Norming, and Performing” model embraced by many as the cycle teams experience as they go from infancy to becoming high-performing assets.  This article left out a very […]

Leadership Derailment

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We see it in the lack of leadership exhibited in some departments and it is prevalent in the business world as well. In today’s marketplace, the difference between effective managers and those who become sidelined before hitting their peak has a lot to do with the way in which they motivate and inspire their followers.  Traditional […]

Got Generational Issues?

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The new reality for leadership is that traditionally-run organizations, as they focus on control and rigidity, lose the ability to move fast and think on their feet, demotivating innovative and creative thinkers, and creating morale issues that are hard to shake.  Even the military recognized these issues as they evolved some teams into joint forces, realizing that […]

Heard This Story Before?

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In doing some research for a paper, I was reading about the difference between effective managers and those who become sidelined before hitting their peak.  While it might seem obvious that it has a lot to do with the way in which they motivate and inspire their followers, I still see traditional methods of “leading” […]

And You Call Yourself Professional…

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Watching a video today, I saw what was intended to illustrate that sometimes the people recording the video get a little too close.  The proximity of the videographer to the situation was MUCH too close.  As a photographer myself, I understand the shooter is more likely focusing on the picture and not on what is happening around them.   They had real […]

Jumping Through Hoops

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I was reading some commentary on the alphabet soup requirements we have to maintain as EMTs and paramedics and in agreement, started to join in the fray.  Both sides, however, had some pretty good points.  There are those who are right about the CPR and ACLS cards mandated by law being ridiculous when we are in […]

Questioning Heroism

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For some reason, I was scanning news today and came back to Dave Statter’s February 2014 post about a college professor suggesting the firefighter’s role as a hero is largely mythical, among other issues.  While the article dates back to the beginning of 2014, I re-read it to see if I could gain any perspective […]

Compassion

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Compassion is an interesting phenomenon.  I read an article that ran in Scientific American in 2012 titled “How Wealth Reduces Compassion” and there were certain aspects of it that I found intriguing.  There wasn’t any conclusion as to why this was so, but in at least five different studies using different means of observing behavior, a […]

Making Lightning

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What do we need to do to inspire others to action?  There are means of doing that through rewards and recognition, but ultimately, transactional leadership goes only so far.  We can set a positive example and drive our culture through our own actions, but that requires those we wish to inspire to pay attention.  Every expert on […]

Conclusion

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A while back, my daughter entered a project into her school’s science fair.  Being a dabbler in the physical sciences, I was looking forward to seeing the results of her experiment, which was to measure the effects of earthquake-like motion on different shapes. The short story was that while she worked to prove (or disprove) her […]

Celebration

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One of the interesting aspects of leading is success and how one deals with it and learns from it. To paraphrase Lao Tzu, one celebrates victory in war like a funeral, because there are winners, yes, but there are losers. In war, of course, this implies celebrating victory is the manifestation of delight in killing, […]

Empty Cup

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An influential and very critical consultant came to inquire from the Chief about the amazing things his fire department was doing.  The consultant was constantly on the lecture circuit, telling others how to run their fire departments and second guessing the actions of leaders. Even with a probie and other firefighters nearby, the Chief personally […]

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Michael "Mick" Mayers

Deputy Fire Chief - Operations Division for Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire Rescue and an Emergency Response Coordinator with the United States Department of Health and Human Services  National Disaster Medical System Incident Response Coordination Team.

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Recent Posts
And Yet It Moves October 27, 2014
Consider This October 18, 2014
Speak With Real Knowing September 28, 2014
The Part We Forget September 14, 2014
Leadership Derailment September 7, 2014
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Ruth
And Yet It Moves
Thank you. I'm not a firefighter, but have worked as a paramedic for a fire department for quite some time, and I'm married to a firefighter who likes to train. For years, while he studied fires and prepped training videos, I've been forced to watch YouTube video after YouTube video of fire scenes. Even before…
2014-10-29 02:59:00
Jason Sparks
And Yet It Moves
Very well stated sir!
2014-10-29 01:45:00
Mick Mayers
And Yet It Moves
Thanks for reading!
2014-10-28 21:23:00
Mark Cummins
And Yet It Moves
Very well said, and thank you for mentioning foam as one of the choices for structural applications.
2014-10-28 17:25:00
Mick Mayers
Consider This
I appreciate your taking the time to read it and I'm humbled by your praise. Thanks!
2014-10-21 23:48:00
Taking It With You
Taking It With You
Night at the Movies
Night at the Movies
A REAL Emergency!
A REAL Emergency!
What is Experience?
What is Experience?
Streets: Nine and a Half D
Streets: Nine and a Half D

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