Tag Archives: conflict

When Worlds Collide

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“If it hadn’t been for this storm, I never would have known so many people loved me. If it weren’t for this storm, I wouldn’t have met so many wonderful and giving people. What I lost, God has given back to me in love and friendship.”

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.

Perception

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Emergency service delivery is a very specialized business in your unique community. There aren’t too many tenders wandering the streets of Manhattan, and conversely, there aren’t many six-man truck companies in rural Arkansas. Saying one method of delivery is better than the other is ridiculous; they don’t compare.

Fixing The Unfixable

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Despite being positive and embracing enlightened discussion, there are occasions where no matter what you do, no matter how well-intentioned you are, you can be overwhelmed by the short-sighted.

Increasing Tempo and Decreasing Resources Equals Frustration

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Where t = tempo, r = resources and f = frustration: ↑t + ↓r = ↑↑f. When we reach the result ↑↑f, it has been often expressed with an expletive and a raised middle finger.

Constant Combat

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There are people I know who are in constant conflict.  We aren’t talking about warriors; we are talking about regular people who, from one day to the next, always seem to be involved in one event or another in which they feel like they must choose a side and fight.  Every day, every shift, they […]

How Far Outside Your Box? Frontiers Around You

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Anyone who demonstrates an obsession for the status quo and fails to think about the future with an open mind is only setting the table for their eventual obsolescence.

If You Really Believe

They had no idea what they were about to face, but they did so with the total conviction of our calling, that of a firefighter.

Living Up To Chief Croker’s Ideal

Anyone can put on the uniform. It’s living up to the traditions and expectations of our predecessors that makes us either valiant or heroic.

Roto-Ray and Federal Q’s On POV?

By mentioning the Roto-Ray, the Federal Q, and POVs in one title, I’m going to be the high flyer of the internet.

A Little Safety Parable

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Firefighting isn’t Jackass: There is a serious difference between taking stupid risks and calculated risks.

Stuck In The Past

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When your organization is experiencing such dysfunction that it is obvious even to the newest recruit, then how clueless are you to insist that everything is coming up roses?

It’s The Minimum

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With the exception of knock-off Rolexes, almost everything must meet specific standards.

In Any Change, Timing Is Essential

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I know company and chief officers who have no sense of timing. Imagine their surprise when not only do they get it wrong, but they look bad in the process. It doesn’t matter how right you are, if the time and opportunity don’t meet, you will find yourself on the losing end.

Power Is Like A Flame

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Power is like a flame. If you hold it too tight, it can smother. If you hold it too tight it will also burn.

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