Line Up For Your Beating

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If you haven’t noticed a problem in our society, perhaps the MMQ on the Boston LODDs will help you get there. We have become reliant on the sound bite, a single picture, or a video to judge others. Instead of understanding, we rush to be the first to promote our own ego and to assume our expertise. […]

New Beginnings

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Look for this site to go back into regular status once again. The last six months were pretty overwhelming. Couple this with some of my colleagues moving out of the network made things a little disconcerting, but all of it made me realize that I probably wasn’t doing any of us any favors in the […]

Set The Controls For The Heart of the Sun

In my much younger and wilder days, and even today as a father of three, a wide range of music continues to influence my interest in the written word. While I never played guitar, before the advent of a lot of the electronic special effects, I prided myself in being able to discern the difference […]

In The Name of Love

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.”

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

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

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

Hey, Watch This!

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

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

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 […]

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.

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