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Unlocking Organizational Potential through Servant Leadership

As a servant leader you should constantly be focused on making the organization better. There is no better way than to tap into the organization's most valued resource, the people within. By investing in these people, they will give the organization a substantial return. The read more visit www.thefireofficer.com.…



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Added by Douglas K. Cline on June 5, 2016 at 10:31am — No Comments

Leadership Credibility...Do you have it?

Credibility refers to the objective and subjective components of the believability of a source. In the modern fire service credibility has two critical components that cannot be really faked; trustworthiness and expertise. Both of these are easily faked for a short period of time but they become transparent if you are faking them - See more at:… Continue

Added by Douglas K. Cline on May 29, 2016 at 8:30pm — No Comments

When Opportunity Presents

What you give others as a mentor, a public servant and as a friend costs you NOTHING. So why are we so reluctant to give freely? This is a major problem that we are facing in today's fire service. We are not paying it forward. The results of that is catastrophic to our future. In order to influence people "You must take your turn" as a mentor, coach, leader, an officer.



Developing the next generation of leaders is critical for tomorrow's fire service. We are at the time period that… Continue

Added by Douglas K. Cline on April 17, 2016 at 7:54am — No Comments

Is Your Relationship with the Organization Status Quo?

As I reflect back over the years in my career there is one lesson I remember that resinates from my mentors, "If you put the organization first, then your wants and ambitions will soon follow. But it is always about the orgainization first, your suborindates second and you are last." Well I have to often think just how previlant is this peoples minds? Especially since we constantly hear, "what is in it for me" comments.



It is important to understand that as a fire officer you are a… Continue

Added by Douglas K. Cline on April 14, 2016 at 9:00am — No Comments

Developing the next Generation of Fire Service Leaders

Professional development is the planned, progressive, and lifelong process of education, training, self-development and experience that one gains during their development. In the fire service, professional development is a critical element of being a leader and being a professional. When we step up to accep the responsibility of leadership, we also accept an obligation to continuing our training, education, learning, personal experience and growth as we work to improve our… Continue

Added by Douglas K. Cline on April 12, 2016 at 7:39am — No Comments

The Gift

You have been given a gift... your life is a gift, your talents are gifts, your knowledge is a gift, your fire service affiliation is a gift, your fire service abilities are gifts and your ability to care for people is a gift. I have to ask just how passionate are you about these gifts?



I relate my passion about these gifts back to when I was a kid and it was Christmas morning. How excited I was to get to the tree to see was gifts were left by the jolly good man himself. I can say… Continue

Added by Douglas K. Cline on April 8, 2016 at 6:05am — No Comments

The Benefits of Leader Schizophrenia

Having multiple personalities at work is not usually considered to be a good thing. But think about the benefits of having the ability to shift into different leadership styles as different people and situations cross your path.



In the Fire Service, it is critical to have an autocratic style on the Fire Ground. A crisis is no time for consensus building. Fire Personnel are trained for years on how to handle those situations and how to make quick and calculated decisions. Then later,… Continue

Added by Douglas K. Cline on January 9, 2016 at 8:00am — No Comments

Viking Ship Rowing or Row Boat Tug-A-War

For so long now I have struggled with the issue that I hear so often as I converse with firefighters and fire officers from across the nation. That concept or issue is a profound struggle between the leadership and the troops of organizations. As it is frequently described is that we are working profoundly against each other and it is on purpose! I find myself each time this occurs scratching my head and thinking really…this is so stupid and counter productive. Are we not on the job for the… Continue

Added by Douglas K. Cline on January 3, 2016 at 10:38am — No Comments

Fire & Training on FE Blogtalk Radio

Cancer is the most dangerous and unrecognized threat to the health and safety of firefighters. Multiple studies have demonstrated the connection between firefighting and cancer.



Join host Douglas Cline and a diverse group of fire service professions as they discuss the scary realities of firefighter cancer risks, their personal experiences, how to protect yourself, looking at the need for protective legislation and changing the culture in an effort to minimize the potential exposures… Continue

Added by Douglas K. Cline on October 28, 2015 at 6:06am — No Comments

We the Fire Service...

We the Fire Service have a debt of gratitude. One generation shall praise your works to another, and shall declare your mighty acts. I know that as a fire service member I have a large debt of gratitude to many people who have paved the way for me and others like me to have the opportunities we currently have. There have been many fine brothers and sisters who have given their hearts and souls to the fire service, working tirelessly to make it better, stronger and safer. For all of you whom… Continue

Added by Douglas K. Cline on October 25, 2015 at 11:01am — No Comments

Thank you to the Brotherhood

I want to take this time to personnally thank the fire service brotherhood. It is amazing how many phone calls, emails, text messages, facebook messages and comments that I received during our recent flooding disaster and firefighter death. It was so amazing what these messages did for the Horry County fire rescue Department and me personnally. The friendship, compasion and support shown is greatly appreciated and will never be forgotten.



We are returning to normal and expect the… Continue

Added by Douglas K. Cline on October 20, 2015 at 7:54pm — No Comments

The Dynamics of Leadership: Putting the Organization First

As I reflect back over the years in my career there is one lesson I remember that resinates from my mentors, “If you put the organization first, then your wants and ambitions will soon follow. But it is always about the orgainization first, your suborindates second and you are last.” Well I have to often think just how previlant is this in fire service mentality …especialy the leaders. This mentality is reenforced everytime we hear the “what is in it for me” comments.



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Added by Douglas K. Cline on October 20, 2015 at 7:44pm — No Comments

The Dynamics of Leadership: “Principles, Values and Skills” - Loyalty

It has been said that we influence a number of people in our lifetime. Your circle of influence depends upon you as individuals and the area you may be in. It could depend upon the organization, rank structure, personal boldness or even other peoples’ willingness to be influenced. So with so many dimensions why is this so important? Well I want you to take a short period here and think about all of the people who come to mind in the next couple of minutes and see just how many people in all… Continue

Added by Douglas K. Cline on September 21, 2015 at 1:59pm — No Comments

Fire and Training on FE Talk Radio

Listen in Wedenday evening 9/16/15 at 7:30pm for the latest edition of Fire and Training .

Added by Douglas K. Cline on September 15, 2015 at 8:46pm — No Comments

Leadership Is the Opportunity to Serve



As a servant leader hopefully you will not fall into the trap of focusing your efforts on self-serving ventures or only focusing on the organization.  As a servant leader you must be focused on what is truly the most valuable resource in the fire service, the others around you.  

It is important to remember there is no I in team.  This is a hard area to over come and it takes constant effort with successful leaders as they are always striving to get better, focused on the vision…

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Added by Douglas K. Cline on August 20, 2015 at 8:20pm — No Comments

Are you engaged?

When it comes to the bigger picture of your position in the fire service the important question is, how engaged are you?  Your answer matters and has a significant impact either positive or negatively on the greater good.

Added by Douglas K. Cline on August 1, 2015 at 5:47pm — No Comments

True Officer Development

Officer development is far more than just attending classes.

To truly develop you must  combine a servant leadership attitude with training, education and professional experiences accompanied by sound leadership and mentoring to get a quality…

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Added by Douglas K. Cline on July 31, 2015 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Overhauling a Training Program Part II

The Overhaul    

     Cultural Change for a Safer Fire Service…it starts with ATTITUDE and TRAINING!  The first step is looking at what is already in place in your department.  If someone has developed something and it is seems to be working, then maybe all it needs is a little tweak. But remember there is always room for improvement. If…

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Added by Douglas K. Cline on July 31, 2015 at 9:56am — No Comments

Leading by Example

The supreme quality of leadership is unquestionably integrity. - Dwight Eisenhower

Question is are you a leader who leads by example, with strong ethics and morals?'.

 

Added by Douglas K. Cline on July 31, 2015 at 9:47am — No Comments

Fire and Training on FE Talk Radio

Added by Douglas K. Cline on July 22, 2015 at 6:32am — No Comments

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