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 leader of the organization you must understand and teach that no individual is greater than the team. I am totally convinced that the team working together is the essential component of the fire service. Unfortunately we often see individuals who think the department revolves around them or they are the "Negative Nellies" who can find fault in the fact you handed them a million dollar check because they had to go to the bank to cash it.
So here is an important question...Is your relationship with your fire service organization at best “Status Quo”?
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