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 […]

Because of Pip: Taking Action

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Strive to make a difference in the world and do something for your neighbor. Maybe our world will have a chance to shine after all.

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.

Brotherhood: 2013 Savannah Tunnel 2 Towers Run

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This weekend, I was reminded why I love being a firefighter.

We Shall Never Forget You

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We shall never forget you. RFB-KTF-FTM

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.

Resolving Technical Issues of Conflict

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There are clear pitfalls that occur, intentionally or not, when conducting negotiations.

Maintaining Objectivity in Conflict

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Success will be measured not in how we deflect it and hold it at bay, but in how we engage it and mold it to benefit the needs of our community.

Labor Day Conflict

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I wasn’t going to post today, because I am taking a day off to relax and be thankful for having meaningful work that is compensated by acceptable work conditions, decent pay and benefits.

Your Role in Creating Organizational Trust

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It’s very much the story of the little boy crying “wolf”. When the time comes that we need to have credibility, it is too late. Hopefully the wolf ate the boy first.

An Atmosphere of Trust

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People don’t choose the nuclear option against people they like and respect, unless they are sociopaths, of course.

Protecting the Players

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In conflict, there will always be petty tyrants who want to advance their own egotistical agendas, and they will always be able to keep yes-men and weaklings in their employ.

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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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