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Looking Under the Hood of Your Organization

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If it’s your first time to check under your organization’s hood, then you’ll probably be unfamiliar with all the numerous parts in and around the organization.

What a Difference… A Minute Can Make

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We must be able to decode the “mess” into “opportunity”. It is paramount that we focus on the concepts that it shouldn’t be this way, but we can make it something else.

Leadership Influence

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An officer best exemplifies leadership by devoting a major portion of his/her time to stimulate continuous improvement in both subordinates and the organization. Today’s leaders are utilizing contemporary leadership styles. The officer needs to know when to use each of these styles for optimum outcomes within the organization. The four (4) contemporary styles include charismatic, […]

The Courage of a New Leader

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Often in my travels and teaching I am asked by you officers and aspiring officers what it takes to be a good leader or how to become a good leader. I usually respond to that question with a question “What do you think it takes to become a good leader?” Most respond with the typical […]

Time Management and Effective Fire Companies

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All firefighters realize and understand the importance of time when it comes to responding to an emergency incident. Time is recognized as one limited resource that must be maximized in every aspect.

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

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Back in January I posted an article on The CompanyOfficer.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 Friday June 4th, but his legacy will extend well beyond. Aside from his extraordinary career accomplishments on the court, he […]

Are You Prepared to PREVENT a Line of Duty Death?

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Power is the ability to command or apply force. Authority is the right to command and expend resources. A leader is one who can generate effective individual and group action to accomplish agency goals. The fire service is a dynamic profession that is richly steeped in tradition, noble in deeds and calling. We know the […]

10 Leadership Lessons

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A wise person once said, “It’s not life that’s important, but those you meet along the way that make the difference.” Many people have taught me many valuable, unforgettable leadership lessons. Here are ten I’d like to share with you.   1. Be Cautious of Labels. Labels you place on people may define your relationship […]

Company Officers are Instructors and True Leaders

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As we embark deep into the millennium and a new decade, changes are sure to occur. The fire service will surely see many of these changes. The place that we need to make changes initially is within ourselves as officers. We must be prepared to meet these new challenges and a new decade with a […]

Shiners, Whiners and Recliners

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     I have heard a lot of analogies over my career about the fire service like “You can peal one fire department name off the wall and replace it with another one and it would be the same” and “it is the same circus but with different clowns”. The more I hear this type of […]

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