Lessons In Humiliation In Future For Fire Daily’s John Mitchell

There’s a lot of hockey left, but I see the Flyers eventually settling things down. Then John Mitchell can serenade the entire World Wide Web with his own special version of “Philadelphia Freedom”.

FHZ Does “Sharing The Wealth” – First Due Blog Carnival

Until I met Chief Harry Diezel, who at the time was the Chief of the Virginia Beach Fire Department, I didn’t really have a vision of what my future in the fire service would be. He inspired me to be visionary and innovative, and to not be afraid of change.

The Weekly Weasel – Installment 2

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People are individuals, but just the act of watching someone who is engaged, inspiring, transformational, and positive will translate to the subordinates because they can see that this is the expected norm. If coached and mentored correctly, personnel often manage to reach a high bar because they are interested in doing well unless there is a factor which causes them to do otherwise.

Protect Your Loved Ones

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Leadership goes to the heart of your legacy. While you may be doing the right thing by your people on a daily basis, there’s also the consideration that we need to prepare them for the event when we are no longer with them.

Let’s Get Excited

Are we just going through the motions to do what is expected of us, or are we devoting a certain amount of energy to the event? If we don’t have a certain amount of passion about what it is we do, how can we expect to create any excitement about what it is we do in order to motivate the people willing to follow us?

The Weekly Weasel – Installation #1

Integrity is an important trait because it fills in the biggest blank in a personal relationship; it tells everyone that if presented with an ambiguous situation, you will do the right thing.

Pay Attention: Vote for Leadership

I believe people who exhibit real dedication, leadership, and community stewardship should be rewarded. Our communities need real leaders who value their people as much as they value their customers, and they value their customers like they value their neighbors. Because they are.

Upcoming Changes for Firehouse Zen

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To lighten things up from time to time, I’m planning to add some new features. I was, after all, a student of the snarky, satirical, and cynical before my pseudo-enlightenment; any of you who know me well know that side of me has never really left the house. So let’s interact.

Conflict

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Conflict is inevitable. Conflict will come regardless of how much you try to avoid it. Because it is inevitable, as a leader, you need to know how to deal with it.

If They Can Do This, So Can We

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Why we can’t get a better understanding across our personal dividing lines, I don’t know. But instead of talking about what color helmets we wear and how many lights we have on our POVs, maybe we should be taking on issues like recruitment of good people, understanding why some communities require career personnel and some must do with volunteers, understanding that some of us choose to be career and some find that they can volunteer in their communities, and some can actually do both, and any number of subjects.

International Influence

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We have to seek to understand deeper before we can determine and judge. In the process, we might also gain more information on subject matter that we didn’t have the answers to before.

Karma

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While we can’t always expect things will go right if we do well by others, I can suggest to you that as a leader, if you fail to do right by your subordinates or colleagues, if things don’t go badly now, once others realize your vulnerabilities, they will.

Finding Art in Unexpected Places

Firegeezer posted a very recent article that reminds us art, as in beauty, is in the eye of the beholder. While there are individuals out there who think that art is only art if it speaks equally to everyone who views it, there are those of us who see things differently and can see beauty and form even in leading others. It’s a matter of being open to what constitutes art.

Daily Values vs. Emergency Ops Values

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Like it or not, organizational values define organizational culture. These values help guide you in times when hard decisions must be made under ambiguous situations. When organizations lack defined values, or personnel don’t understand them as the gospel truth, they don’t always reflect those values when challenged.

Tolerance

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There is a great deal of controversy on the internet at any given time, but the postings between people we should be working with are getting to the point where they are troubling. Heated rhetoric, personal attacks, and just out and out anger are more commonplace now then ever.

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