Archive by category Leadership

These are the first responder situational awareness and decision making issues and opportunities related to leadership.

Teaching decision making to firefighters

Teaching decision making to firefighters

In a recent class I engaged in a discussion with an officer who took exception with my recommendation that firefighters should be taught how to use situational …

The Downside of Experience

The Downside of Experience

Firefighting is a dangerous vocation. Nearly every aspect of the job contains some element of risk. Training and experience help us manage the risk and, …

The Art of Speaking Up

The Art of Speaking Up

Earlier this week I got a phone call from a captain in Colorado. He wanted to bounce a few ideas off me about training ideas I inspired during my recent …

Explaining resistance to change

Explaining resistance to change

Imagine for a moment that you’re part of a 4-person first-due crew responding on to an apartment fire. On the way to the call the dispatcher announces over …

First, do no harm

First, do no harm

    Primum non nocere is the Latin phrase that means “first, do no harm.” This is a commonly taught principle in healthcare. In fact, the …

2014 Year in Review

2014 Year in Review

I am in a mastermind group of fellow road warriors. We share ideas, best practices and commiserate about our travels and time away from our families. It’s …

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