Rank might bring privileges, but it doesn’t necessarily equal leadership. You may have the authority that comes with the badge, however, this does not mean that your subordinates will follow you. The trust and willingness on their part to follow you must be earned. One way to quickly earn trust, and therefore, leadership, is through having good communication skills.
Communication only happens when both parties hear and understand what has been said. Until then, it’s just words being…Continue
Posted on December 6, 2018 at 7:26pm
“I think I taught you how to be instructors, but I don’t know if I taught you how to pass the state test.” This is what I told my class of fire instructor students at the end of the course today. It’s a shame, really, when you think about it.
For the past number of weeks, I have been pouring my time, mind, and heart into the course, trying to make it informative, relevant, and useful. I have taught them…Continue
Posted on November 8, 2018 at 7:45pm
Recently, I found myself in the unenviable position of Incident Commander at a house fire that resulted in a civilian fatality. We arrived to find heavy fire from multiple rooms and witnesses telling us that people were inside. An aggressive interior attack and search operations were begun with the 2 first arriving units and supplemented with later arriving companies. One victim was pulled unresponsive from the home and transported by the ambulance provider. The individual later died, the…Continue
Posted on October 15, 2018 at 4:48pm
Two steps forward and one step back. Ever use that phrase to describe the progress with yourself, your relationships, or your workplace? It is generally used as a negative. You are in essence saying that you are not accomplishing your goals. But is this really the case?
Shouldn’t we really be using this phrase in a positive light? Two steps are greater than one step. Going forward is certainly preferred and going backward is seen as being a failure. However, isn’t the important part…Continue
Posted on September 30, 2018 at 8:06pm