Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Scott Anderson Honored for Lead by Example Award for Motivation and Vision

Josh Haney congratulating Scott Anderson on his Lead by Example Award

Scott Anderson
BLM Training Specialist (NWCG)
National Interagency Fire Center
Honored for Motivation and Vision

George Risko has been selected as one of the recipients for the 2016 Paul Gleason Lead by Example award. Three individuals and two groups from across the wildland fire service have been chosen to receive this national award.

The award was created by the NWCG Leadership Committee to remember Paul Gleason’s contributions to the wildland fire service. During a career spanning five decades, Paul was a dedicated student of fire, a teacher of fire, and a leader of firefighters. The intent of this award is to recognize individuals or groups who exhibit this same spirit and who exemplify the wildland fire leadership values and principles. George's work in support of the Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program has been a demonstration of initiative and innovation.

Scott was recognized for his involvement with the Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher program. Scott's undying commitment to making a difference through thoughtful, meaningful safety content personifies the art of leadership.

Take 5 @ 2 logo - clock at 2 o'clock embedded in a hand
The success of the WFSTAR program is a testament to your courage, strong leadership, and commitment to the safety of the ground firefighter. Scott's fearless vision and incredible creativity reached “outside the box.” Through his example, students of fire have been inspired to go beyond the ordinary and pursue excellence through innovation and creativity. Scott's example will live on for years to come.

Congratulations, Scott, on a job well done!

Paul Gleason Lead by Example award solicitation
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Monday, May 22, 2017

IGNITE: The True Spirit of Conversation

The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another person's observation, not overturning it. - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton
The true spirit of conversation consists in building on another person's observation, not overturning it. - Edward George Earle Lytton Bulwer-Lytton

[Photo credit: Cedar Fire (2016)]

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Diego Mendiola Receives Lead by Example Award for Mentoring and Teamwork



Diego Mendiola holding his Paul Gleason Lead by Example Award for mentoring and teamwork
Diego Mendiola
Hotshot Superintendent
Zigzag Ranger District, USFS
Honored for Mentoring and Teamwork
Diego Mendiola has been selected as one of the recipients for the 2016 Paul Gleason Lead by Example award. Three individuals and two groups from across the wildland fire service have been chosen to receive this national award.

The award was created by the NWCG Leadership Committee to remember Paul Gleason’s contributions to the wildland fire service. During a career spanning five decades, Paul was a dedicated student of fire, a teacher of fire, and a leader of firefighters. The intent of this award is to recognize individuals or groups who exhibit this same spirit and who exemplify the wildland fire leadership values and principles. Diego’s work in support of the Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program has been a demonstration of mentoring and teamwork.

Diego Mendiola award presentation
Diego was recognized for his accomplishments as a valued mentor and team builder. Over the course of 30 years, he created a culture embodying the values of duty, respect, and integrity. With a humble personality and positive leadership style, he showed others what right looks like.

Mentoring and building the team were two of Diego's greatest strengths. His passion for duty and compassion for people surpassed fire and entered the realm of life skills. Diego's legacy will live on through those he led and served.

Congratulations, Diego, on a job well done!

Paul Gleason Lead by Example Award solicitation
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Thursday, May 11, 2017

IGNITE: Ripple Effects of Leadership

A leader's accomplishments are measured in lifetimes. Our character, decisions, and actions create powerful ripple effects that continue to influence people and organizations long after we are gone. - Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, p. 67 [lightning strike in the desert at dusk]
A leader's accomplishments are measured in lifetimes. Our character, decisions, and actions create powerful ripple effects that continue to influence people and organizations long after we are gone. - Leading in the Wildland Fire Service, p. 67
Share through your spheres of influence.

[Photo credit: Seedskadee and Cokeville Meadows Nation Wildlife Refuge/Tom Koerner]

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Cottrell and Myers Earn Lead by Example Award for Mentoring and Teamwork

Dan Cottrell, Smokejumper Foreman
Debbie Myers, Program Support Assistant
Aerial Fire Depot, Region 1, US Forest Service
Honored for Mentoring and Teamwork

Edmund Ward (who brought Deb and Dan into the Smokejumper program), Bill Miller, Tory Kendrick (Acting Missoula Smokejumper Base Manager receiving the award on behalf of Dan Cottrell, who is on fire assignment in the Southeast), Deb Myers (Currently working with the Anaconda Job Corps program) and Paul Chamberlin (previous Gleason Award recipient from the Northern Rockies)
Dan Cottrell and Debbie Myers have been selected as one of the recipients for the 2016 Paul Gleason Lead by Example award. Three individuals and two groups from across the wildland fire service have been chosen to receive this national award.

Molly and Dan Cottrell
The award was created by the NWCG Leadership Committee to remember Paul Gleason’s contributions to the wildland fire service. During a career spanning five decades, Paul was a dedicated student of fire, a teacher of fire, and a leader of firefighters. The intent of this award is to recognize individuals or groups who exhibit this same spirit and who exemplify the wildland fire leadership values and principles. Dan and Debbie's work in support of the Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program has been a demonstration of mentoring and teamwork.

Dan and Debbie were recognized for theirinvolvement with the Lead Forward Program. Creation of a program to recruit, train, and place well-qualified veteran candidates into the workforce in Region 1 was progressive and has brought about positive organizational change beyond the local level.

The success of the Lead Forward Program is a testament to their courage, strong leadership, and commitment to building the team. Dan and Debbie's vision to integrate veterans into the wildland fire service was an excellent example of mentoring and teamwork and provides an inspiration for years to come. Through their generosity and example, veterans have a sense of purpose and continued service.

Congratulations, Dan and Debbie, on a job well done!

Paul Gleason Lead by Example award solicitation
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Monday, May 8, 2017

IGNITE: Synergy!

Teamwork requires that everyone's efforts flow in a single direction. - Pat Riley [Wildland firefighters moving a stump; two on each side trying to roll it.]
Teamwork requires that everyone's efforts flow in a single direction. - Pat Riley

Share through your sphere of influence.

[Photo credit: Kari Greer/USFS]

Thursday, May 4, 2017

IGNITE: Leadership is Learning

Leadership is not an expertise. Leadership is a constant education. - Simon Sinek (wildfire in California desert)

Leadership is not an expertise. 
Leadership is a constant education. - Simon Sinek

[Photo credit: Captain Bryan Hoverman, San Bernadino County FD]

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

South Puget Sound Wildland Team Earns Lead by Example Award for Initiative and Innovation

Left to right: Hilary Franz, Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands; Matt Caldwell; Terry Jewell; Kevin Dohnam, previous LBE recipient; Sean Kibbe; Don Melton, SPS Fire District Manager; Bryan Scholz, past LBE recipient; Charley Burns; Brian Looper; Mark Stanford, NWCG Leadership Subcommittee
Left to right: Hilary Franz, Washington State Commissioner of Public Lands; Matt Caldwell; Terry Jewell; Kevin Dohnam, previous LBE recipient; Sean Kibbe; Don Melton, SPS Fire District Manager; Bryan Scholz, past LBE recipient; Charley Burns; Brian Looper; Mark Stanford, NWCG Leadership Subcommittee
South Puget Sound Wildland Team
Washington Department of Natural Resources
South Puget Sound Region
Honored for Initiative and Innovation

The South Puget Sound Wildland Team has been selected as one of the recipients for the 2016 Paul Gleason Lead by Example award. Three individuals and two groups from across the wildland fire service have been chosen to receive this national award.

Monday, May 1, 2017

IGNITE: Doing the Right Things

Efficiency is doing things right effectiveness is doing the right things. - Peter Drucker (thunderstorm with lightning)
Efficiency is doing things right effectiveness is doing the right things. - Peter Drucker
[Photo source: Jupiter Images]