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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.

A Belated Father’s Day Tribute

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Bad behavior, regardless of fun plans and the desire to kiss and make up, must have consequences. To not have consequences invites repeated poor performance.

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.

Power of Positive

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I have heard it said that the only reason a bee can fly is because it doesn’t know it shouldn’t.

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 Way of The Chief

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What constitutes the next leader of the fire service? Which qualities break someone out from the pack?

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.

I’m With Stupid But Not Right At This Moment

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I’m afraid my strategy for capturing the interest of the uninitiated has fallen through, so I’m going to have to return to preaching to the choir.  I guess it’s just as well; I’m not sure I want the lunatic fringe stalking around on my site anyway. It just so happens that I’m in the heart […]

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.

But Wait! There’s More!

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If you aren’t preaching the Gospel daily, the audience doesn’t hear the message when everyone is shouting and it’s too loud to hear.

Hogs To The Trough

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If the public percieves that your service doesn’t have value, they will cut it back to where they feel it deserves to be funded, plain and simple.

Power of a Foot

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The people who have worked with me for years know I want my door to be open, but it’s really just to give the impression that it’s open. It’s not.

The Sword

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While leaders must have the ability to exercise statesmanship, these soft skills are sometimes not fully appreciated unless you can bring some smackdown to the table.

Be Proud, But Humble

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If you are going to implement change in your organizational culture, there should be a reluctance to be where you were and a desire to go where you are going.

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