Category Archives: leadership

For Any of You Who Complain About NFPA

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We were talking last night on the Weekly Firefighter Hangout about “words that we live by” in the fire service and I was a little surprised not to hear anyone bring up the usual complaints on NFPA and other consensus standards, which seem to get thrown into a big steaming pile together when someone wants to badmouth […]

The Brand New Commodore 64

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I used the Commodore 64 as the title, to drag you in here because of its popularity.  The Tandy 8086 I used in my high school computer lab, however, is the one I am most familiar with. It boasted a rockin’ Intel 8086 processor blasting away at a whole 8 mHz and  preinstalled with a […]

Optimization

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You don’t just “get there”: As any parent who has driven with children can appreciate, our subordinates, peers, and bosses all want to know “are we there yet?”

Broken Resolutions

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There's that joke that if you are a member of a fitness club, you don't want to be there for the first two weeks of the New Year.  After that, those who resolved to go out and change their lives have pretty much given up.  People sign up with the best of intentions, only to […]

Feeding Our Scapegoats

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Everything you see or hear these days that involves a “mistake” requires someone to pay for it.

Hey, Watch This!

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The difference between a stunt man and Jackass is that stunt men are cool, calm professionals who study the art of doing dangerous things.

Liars and Thieves, Grasshoppers and Ants

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In fairy tales, the grasshopper paid dearly for his poor work ethic, while the ant survived on her strong work ethic. And I remind you, those are just fairy tales: fiction.

E-SIX: The Direction of Our Hangout

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Some of the best moments I have had on this job have been sitting around a table after conferences or meetings, having a beer, and rubbing elbows with people I personally admire.

Make It Fit

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Even if we are doing the things that we consider to be right, if we are saying the wrong things, we are creating the impression that it is okay to hate.

It’s Been A While

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There’s a reason Firehouse Zen isn’t the most popular fire service blog on the internet. It’s because I tell it to you like it is and hope you are listening.

Don’t Say Anything Nice, Please

I was researching some items for a course I am writing and came upon an interesting article giving reasons why you, as a manager, shouldn't let your "high potentials" know that they are considered so.  At first, I read it with interest, thinking in my sleep-deprived state that these ideas made sense.  Then it hit […]

Stay Balanced

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Stay challenged, stay flexible, but most importantly, stay balanced.

Two Weeks Off

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We must understand that if we achieve excellence today, whatever we achieved is history tomorrow.

Before You Go – Resolving Intractable Conflict

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I hope you enjoyed this series on intractable conflict.

Politics and the Process of Conflict

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Choose carefully what you want to fight over. Pick the battles that are REALLY worth fighting over.

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Michael "Mick" Mayers

Battalion Chief with Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire and 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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