Archive for March2015

Success before and after being a Leader

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Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself.  When you become a leader, success is all about growing others. – Jack Welch

Four Competencies of Leadership

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Being a leader does not mean you have to be the Chief of your fire department. In fact trying to be some type of leader you are not can get you into deep trouble. It is important to develop your own styles and type. In the 1980’s Dr. Warren Bennis of the University of California […]

A Passion for the Profession: “How to Keep the Love Alive”

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Just like any relationship, the relationship an individual has with their chosen profession needs work and attention. This is especially true for those of us in the fire service. When we analyze our “relationships,” we will undoubtedly find things change over time. It’s important to remember where we came from and the things we did […]

National Hydrogen Safety Training Resource Webinar for Emergency Responders

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Webinar: National Hydrogen Safety Training Resource for Emergency Responders Date: March 24, 2015 Time: Noon to 1 p.m. EDT The Energy Department’s Fuel Cell Technologies Office announces the launch of a new online national hydrogen safety training resource for emergency responders. Developed by the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory and the California Fuel Cell Partnership, the […]

Learn as if you were to live forever: Live as if you were to die tomorrow

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A few years ago I posted an article on The CompanyOfficer.com (now TheFireOfficer.com) entitled: Your Capabilities and Future Success. It was about the legendary UCLA basketball coach John Wooden. Coach Wooden passed away at the age of 99 on June 4, 2010, but his legacy has extended well beyond. Aside from his extraordinary career accomplishments on […]

Reaching Your Potential as an Officer

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Here are five easy steps for you to utilize to reach your potential: 1.  Concentrate on the main goal – press toward the mark for the prize.  Remembering the organization should be your “GPS” for the pathway to reach the goal. 2. Concentrate on continual improvement.  Do not embrace or tolerate mediocrity or status quo. […]

The Company Officer: Influence, Leadership, Committment

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The Company Officer Some words to think about as the Company Officer…. The key to successful leadership today is influence, not authority,  Kenneth Blanchard Contrary to the opinion of many people, leaders are not born. Leaders are made, and they are made by effort and hard work, Vince Lombardi  The best leader is the one […]

Leadership Suicide: Failure to Focus on the Future

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I hear this phrase from fire officers across the United States, “You just can’t find good people today”. They just aren’t like we were at their age. So what does this mean? Some may say that the future isn’t too bright looking at the current generation. Others may say, “What is wrong with us”? I […]

Re-Challenging the “Outside the Box” Fallacy

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This article was originally published in 2014 by Scott Faith on the website; The Havok Journal (HERE) and is directed at change in the military and its affects and impact on the profession, its history, tradition, practices and mission. It was recently reposted on March 12, 2015 . After reading the piece, the parallels evoked by […]

Occupancy Risk and Predictability of Performance

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Take a look at this interior shot of the following occupancy:

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