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Douglas K. Cline's Blog – April 2016 Archive (4)

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

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