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Thermostat or Thermometer...Which one are you?

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"Thermostat or Thermometer" which one are you?

How do you know??? How do you change???

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Comment by John Alston on September 19, 2012 at 3:48pm

Hey Bobby (@bobbyhalton),

I can agree to a certain extent.  I'm glad you responded with the example that you gave, because it's pivotal.  You expressed it just right.  We, as fire officers (#fireofficertrust), are both.  I posted this topic because, I wanted the members who see themselves as only thermometers (not having the authority, capacity, discretion or wherewithal) to know that once they get a read...they can make the necessary changes.  Don't just gauge, but engage.  Make a difference.  Looking forward to continuing this discussion....

Comment by Bobby Halton on September 19, 2012 at 3:23pm


I think most of us if we've got any kind of emotional intelligence at all are both at one time or another. For example often times we are called on to inspire or motivate our fellow firefighters and in that context we would be a thermostat. Then we all are at one point or another observers or participants in different types of activities where we can gauge the emotional or intensity level of the group or the activity and in that respect we become a thermometer.

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