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Questioning Heroism

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For some reason, I was scanning news today and came back to Dave Statter’s February 2014 post about a college professor suggesting the firefighter’s role as a hero is largely mythical, among other issues.  While the article dates back to the beginning of 2014, I re-read it to see if I could gain any perspective […]

Compassion

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Compassion is an interesting phenomenon.  I read an article that ran in Scientific American in 2012 titled “How Wealth Reduces Compassion” and there were certain aspects of it that I found intriguing.  There wasn’t any conclusion as to why this was so, but in at least five different studies using different means of observing behavior, a […]

Making Lightning

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What do we need to do to inspire others to action?  There are means of doing that through rewards and recognition, but ultimately, transactional leadership goes only so far.  We can set a positive example and drive our culture through our own actions, but that requires those we wish to inspire to pay attention.  Every expert on […]

In The Name of Love

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“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

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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.

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.

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.

Stay Balanced

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

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.

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Michael "Mick" Mayers

Deputy Fire Chief - Operations Division for Hilton Head Island (SC) Fire 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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