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Cowardice from the Cheap Seats

Dealing with cowardice from the cheap seatsI was standing in the parking lot of our training center shooting the breeze with a few guys when one of them said, "Hey man, you've got to see this!" He whips out his cell phone, dials up Youtube, and proceeds to show me a video of two firefighters over zealously practicing a push of a 1.75" line in a parking lot. I quickly recognize the tone of the video is more satire than instructional, basically knocking the Nozzle Forward program. In true…See More
May 7
Rick Lasky and Benjamin Martin are now friends
Apr 18
Benjamin Martin posted a blog post

Complacent or actively disengaged: What can be done about crappy attitudes?

      Have you ever had a conversation with someone whose outlook or attitude was so crappy about the topic that it exhausted you just listening to them?   As leaders, we are often tasked with realigning people's perspective and/or performance to the expectations of the organization.  Accomplishing this typically involves having to have "hard" conversations with people whose values and interest about the fire service may not resemble much of our own.  This becomes especially true if the…See More
Jan 22
Benjamin Martin posted a blog post

Rethinking Leadership: The use and abuse of power

So let's talk about...power.  Power is a gift we are given by either the formal recognition from an organization,  the informal recognition of our peers, or at times from both.  Power often has a negative connotation, perhaps because we often see leaders using it for selfish reasons.  We've all seen a boss or two throw their weight around hiding behind their badge.  This is usually accompanied by the likes of "do it because I said so". But when leaders exercise power appropriately, it can push…See More
Sep 20, 2018
Benjamin Martin posted a blog post

Rethinking Leadership: Who is to blame in your department?

“Problems are what make us grow. Problems are what sculpt our soul. Problems are what make us become more.” -Tony Robbins I recently got the chance to spend a whopping nine days in a row with my family in Florida and the Bahamas.  For me, this is a pretty big deal since as a  recovering workaholic I often fail to string more than a day or two together with the family.  We drove to…See More
Aug 2, 2018
Benjamin Martin is now friends with Thomas D. Kuglin Jr. and Susan William
Aug 2, 2018
Benjamin Martin posted a blog post

Artificial Experience: Shortcutting Today's Fire Service

“What happens when you can’t just Google the answer?” I remember very vividly the Mayday! Firefighter Down portion of my recruit academy.  It was taught over three days including a thorough review of LODD case studies and drills, which recreated many of the same conditions that has previously either injured or killed a firefighter in the line of duty.  One such scenario was the Denver Drill, created after 16-year veteran Mark Langvardt of the Denver Fire Department became separated from his…See More
Jul 17, 2018
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Jul 17, 2018
Benjamin Martin posted a blog post

A Leader's Nightmare: "I don't trust you"

I hate to admit it, but unfortunately, as a leader, I know what the words I don’t trust you sound like. Perhaps the most frustrating part for me at the time was that I didn’t know exactly what I did at the time to earn this statement. I spent countless hours second-guessing myself, asking other’s opinions, and trying to find a way to reconnect with this person to get us back on track.           But in searching for answers I found none.  Each day the distance between us seemed to grow larger,…See More
May 23, 2018
Benjamin Martin posted a blog post

Rethinking Leadership: Are your control issues damaging morale?

"Micromanaging vs Leading"There is no greater disservice as a leader to our teams than to micromanage them. It baffles my mind that micromanaging is still a thing, and that anyone should have to spend any time sorting out and highlighting the differences between leadership and management.  But the longer I serve in a leadership role, the more carrots I see dangling around tempting people towards this fool’s errand. What’s the problem with micromanaging?  Signs and symptoms include making people…See More
Nov 22, 2017

Profile Information

Lives in:
Virginia
Department:
Henrico County Division of Fire
Title/rank:
Lieutenant
Years of public service:
16
Agency structure:
Paid fire department
Topics you provide training for:
Leadership
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Bio:
Benjamin Martin is a Lieutenant with a large metro fire department in Virginia. He has over sixteen years in public safety and speaks throughout the country on leadership. He has written leadership articles for Fire Engineering, Fire Department Training Network (FDTN), International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI), FirefighterToolbox, and FirefighterWife. He is a member of the National Speakers Association and International Society of Fire Service Instructors (ISFSI).

Benjamin has worked extensively for years with the Virginia Fire Officer Academy and is also a founding member of the Metro Richmond Public Safety Academy. He has a Bachelor’s in Fire Science and a Master’s in Public Administration. Benjamin is also the owner and operator of the leadership training featured at www.EmbraceTheResistance.com.
Web site:
http://embracetheresistance.com

Benjamin Martin's Blog

Cowardice from the Cheap Seats

Dealing with cowardice from the cheap seats

I was standing in the parking lot of our training center shooting the breeze with a few guys when one of them said, "Hey man, you've got to see this!" He whips out his cell phone, dials up Youtube, and proceeds to show me a video of two firefighters over zealously practicing a push of a 1.75" line in a parking lot. I quickly recognize the tone of the video is more satire than instructional, basically knocking the Nozzle Forward program. In…

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Posted on May 7, 2019 at 5:38pm

Complacent or actively disengaged: What can be done about crappy attitudes?

      Have you ever had a conversation with someone whose outlook or attitude was so crappy about the topic that it exhausted you just listening to them?   As leaders, we are often tasked with realigning people's perspective and/or performance to the expectations of the organization.  Accomplishing this typically involves having to have "hard" conversations with people whose values and interest about the fire service may not resemble much of our own.  This becomes especially…

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Posted on January 22, 2019 at 3:44pm

Rethinking Leadership: The use and abuse of power

So let's talk about...power.  Power is a gift we are given by either the formal recognition from an organization,  the informal recognition of our peers, or at times from both.  Power often has a negative connotation, perhaps because we often see leaders using it for selfish reasons.  We've all seen a boss or two throw their weight around hiding behind their badge.  This is usually accompanied by the likes of "do it because I said so".

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Posted on September 20, 2018 at 2:51pm

Rethinking Leadership: Who is to blame in your department?

“Problems are what make us grow. Problems are what sculpt our soul. Problems are what make us become more.” -Tony Robbins

 

I recently got the chance to spend a whopping nine days in a row with my…

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Posted on August 2, 2018 at 1:11pm

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