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Time To Get Uncomfortable

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I harbor serious concerns when individuals with the responsibility to protect the vulnerable underestimate risk and disaster comes calling.

Leadership That Matters, Part 21

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In emergency services, too many problems are treated alike: we are in the business of responding to disasters. Usually, though, those disasters are not OUR disasters.

Images

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What we see today, might be gone tomorrow. What we can touch and hold right now may be a memory moments later.

Swedish Message, Part 2

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For a group of people who pride themselves on being professional at their craft, we have a little to be desired when it comes to taking care of business in the manner in which it should be done.

Giving As Much As We Have

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We do not know the day nor the hour. We need to prepare as if every day were the day.

Grow Up

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Grow up. Fun doesn’t come unless you earn it. You can have fun all day long, but in the end, if you haven’t accomplished anything, you’re just one more clown among many.

You Can Quote Me On That (Before 2010)

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I was driving down the road the other day and thinking, you know, I too could have a list of quotes, just like the real writers have. So in the interest of filling up a page of useless knowledge, I did.

It’s Been Busy

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I have been struggling trying to find a special something to put in my blog, like the Weekly Weasel or the Microcoaching ideas. I spent a lot of time, a month almost, trying to figure that out. Then today I realized, it’s not what Firehouse Zen is about.

We Try Harder

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“Zero defects” is a pretty lofty goal, but in our business, zero defects may be the difference between life and death.

Tillered Aerials and Safety Collaboration

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We find too often that people are unwilling to accept the observations and experiences of others and instead “reinvent the wheel” regularly, wasting time and money in the process.

The Capacity Building Exercise To Change All Exercises

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The KSAs we need to emphasize are our greater connection throughout the entire emergency services industry, how we need to get past the things that divide us and unite about things we can agree on and change.

Saying Goodbye To A Friend

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If we really care about leaving a legacy, we should consider the culture we develop as a result of our leadership of others.

Haters Need Not Apply

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It’s just become a norm of our victim society that it’s okay to be self-righteous and it’s okay to go after anyone who doesn’t think like us.

A Little Safety Parable

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Firefighting isn’t Jackass: There is a serious difference between taking stupid risks and calculated risks.

It’s The Minimum

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With the exception of knock-off Rolexes, almost everything must meet specific standards.

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