Thursday, February 22, 2018

IGNITE: And Many Chains to Go

This quote seems to shout, "One more chain..."  One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done… - Marie Curie  [Photo credit: Kari Greer/USFS]
[Photo credit: Kari Greer/USFS]
One never notices what has been done; one can only see what remains to be done… - Marie Curie 


Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Confidence and Your Decision Making

(Photo credit: Geralt/Pixabay)
With so much on the line, we have a responsibility to understand the decision-making process—the components, the flow, the effect of time—and to develop the skills and confidence that enables us to make the best decision possible with the information and time available. (Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, p. 30)
As a fire leader, do you have the confidence to make the best decisions you need to make on the fireline?

Monday, February 19, 2018

IGNITE: The Path to Usefulness and High Achievement

“Unswerving loyalty to duty, constant devotion to truth, and a clear conscience will overcome every discouragement and surely lead the way to usefulness and high achievement.” - Grover Cleveland
“Unswerving loyalty to duty, constant devotion to truth, and a clear conscience will overcome every discouragement and surely lead the way to usefulness and high achievement.”  - Grover Cleveland
[Photo credit: Pioneer Peak IHC]

Thursday, February 15, 2018

IGNITE: Execution

All the talent in the world won’t matter if a player can’t execute; avoiding common decision traps, learning from results in a rational way, and keeping emotions out of the process as much as possible. - Annie Duke, "Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts"
All the talent in the world won’t matter if a player can’t execute; avoiding common decision traps, learning from results in a rational way, and keeping emotions out of the process as much as possible. - Annie Duke, "Thinking in Bets: Making Smarter Decisions When You Don't Have All the Facts"
[Photo credit: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC]

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

If You Don't, Who Will?

question marks
(Photo: Qimono/Pixabay)
Everyone can exercise leadership by being an individual contributor at any level of an organization. What does that mean? Ultimately it comes down to looking for opportunities to make the world a better place. That sounds grand, but when people apply that idea to their work situations, it means having a vision of how your unit, or you as an individual, can be more effective and creative, go beyond day-to-day requirements, and energize others around that vision. ~ Helen Handfield-Jones

Monday, February 12, 2018

IGNITE: Being Strong

Be strong enough to stand alone, be yourself enough to stand apart, but be wise enough to stand together when the time comes. - Mark Amend [two wildland firefighters standing together atop a mountain range
Be strong enough to stand alone, be yourself enough to stand apart, but be wise enough to stand together when the time comes. - Mark Amend

Thursday, February 8, 2018

IGNITE: The Ability to Decide

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide.  - Napoleon (wildland fire engines conducting fire operations off a mountain road)

Nothing is more difficult, and therefore more precious, than to be able to decide. - Napoleon


[Photo credit: Kari Greer/USFS]

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Battle of San Pasqual Staff Ride

Battle of San Pasqual Staff Ride book cover


Wildland fire leaders are participating in the National Staff Ride Workshop sponsored by the U.S. Forest Service Leadership Development Program in conjunction with the Wildland Fire Lessons Learned Center.
Stand at the Battle of San Pasqual Staff Ride


Besides actually taking part in a staff ride, attendees create or refurbish staff rides.

Here is more about this U.S. Forest Service leadership event:

Situation
Develop a recurring program of national staff ride workshops that spawn five new or refurbished staff rides annually, both east and west of the 100th Meridian. Invite or nominate and select up to five 4-person development teams who will develop the newly spawned staff rides from resulting from each workshop.

Mission
Increase the cadre pool of wildland fire service operators qualified to work within their home units and geographic areas to help initiate, develop, and deliver staff rides into their annual training plan process. This will provide the foundation for a fully supported, resourced, and accepted program of multi-level staff rides that meet or exceed nationally established quality standards in the "Wildland Fire Staff Ride Guide."
San Pasqual Battlefield placard

Light Bulb Moments

String of light bulbs with one illuminated
(Photo credit: Pixabay/ColiN00B)
"Insights are unexpected discoveries about how things work and how to make them work better." - Dr. Gary Klein

Have you ever been trying to solve a problem (or not) when all of the sudden, an unexpected discovery "pops" into your mind. Whether  But where do insights come from? Gary Klein, cognitive psychologist, has conducted a lot of research on the subject of decision making. In his book Seeing What Others Don't, Klein goes into depth about insight and where insights come from.

Monday, February 5, 2018

IGNITE: Opportunities for Influence

Our opportunity for influence increases when we are open and ask great questions, listen to others with receptive minds, and offer playful ideas and novel perspectives.  - Dacher Keltner (wildland firefighters looking into the sunset.
Our opportunity for influence increases when we are open and ask great questions, listen to others with receptive minds, and offer playful ideas and novel perspectives. - Dacher Keltner
[Photo credit: Tallac IHC]