Tuesday, March 28, 2017

From the Reading List - Extreme Ownership



One of the books chosen for the 2017 Professional Reading List was Extreme Ownership by  Jocko Willink and Leif Babin. Through all of last season, and over the winter, we heard from folks in the field recommending this book to us... So to all who recommended it, thanks!

For me, what really sets Extreme Ownership apart as a stellar book on leadership is its applicability... It doesn't matter if you're the Chief or a rookie, there's something in here that you can apply in your everyday life. Running a complex program? Check, there are lessons to be shared about how to thrive in complex environments. Rookie on a hotshot crew? Check, there are lessons to be had about self leadership and owning your actions. Something in between? You can bet there's a way to apply ideas and concepts from the book in your specific situation.

Monday, March 27, 2017

IGNITE: Better Followers = Better Leaders

Better followers beget better leaders. - Barbara Kellerman


Better followers beget better leaders. - Barbara Kellerman

IGNITE the Spark for Leadership. LIKE and SHARE throughout your networks.
#fireleadership #fireminis

[Photo credit: Jeri Peterson/ODF]

Thursday, March 23, 2017

The Best Investment

"Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you." - Robin S. Sharma (blue skies, trees and smoke column)
"Investing in yourself is the best investment you will ever make. It will not only improve your life, it will improve the lives of all those around you." - Robin S. Sharma

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Living the Passion


Living the Passion from The Smokey Generation on Vimeo.

Gina Papke is passionate about her career in wildland firefighting. Do you have the same level of engagement with and passion for your job?

Wildland Fire Leadership Challenge - Digging a Little Deeper
  • Where are you located on Integro Leadership Institute's The Passion Pyramid™?
  • Where would you like to be and how do you intend to get to that location on the pyramid?

The Passion Pyramid



What is your story? We challenge you to become a part of this amazing  project and share your leadership stories. Bethany Hannah began The Smokey Generation: A Wildland Fire Oral History and Digital Storytelling Project for her master's thesis. All members of the wildland fire service, not just hotshots, can share their stories by following her example. Click here for potential leadership questions. Visit The Smokey Generation website for complete information.

The Smokey Generation logo

Monday, March 20, 2017

Wildland Fire Leadership Values and Principles

DUTY  Be proficient in your job, both technically and as a leader. Make sound and timely decisions. Ensure tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished. Develop your people for the future. RESPECT  Know your people and look out for their well-being. Keep your people informed. Build the team. Employ your people in accordance with their capabilities. INTEGRITY Know yourself and seek improvement. Seek responsibility and accept responsibility for your actions. Set the example.

The Wildland Fire Leadership Values and Principles are our foundation and resulted from the sacrifices of those before you. Take a moment to read them, commit them to memory, and lead well in their honor.

DUTY
  • Be proficient in your job, both technically and as a leader.
  • Make sound and timely decisions.
  • Ensure tasks are understood, supervised, and accomplished.
  • Develop your people for the future.
RESPECT
  • Know your people and look out for their well-being.
  • Keep your people informed.
  • Build the team.
  • Employ your people in accordance with their capabilities.
INTEGRITY
  • Know yourself and seek improvement.
  • Seek responsibility and accept responsibility for your actions.
  • Set the example.
Wildland Fire Leadership Challenge - Digging a Little Deeper
Wildland firefighters putting fire on the ground at night and copy of "Leading in the Wildland Fire Service"


Thursday, March 16, 2017

IGNITE: Leaders Need Guiding Principles

Leaders without guiding principles are undependable followers. –Dan Rockwell [Photo: Stefanie Garcia/National Park Service]
Leaders without guiding principles are undependable followers. – Dan Rockwell
IGNITE the Spark for Leadership. LIKE and SHARE throughout your networks.
#fireleadership #fireminis

[Photo: Stefanie Garcia/National Park Service]

Tuesday, March 14, 2017

When Words Harm

string can phone
(Photo credit: borzaya/Thinkstock)
Since the beginning of time, humans have tried to "break the code" of effective communication. Yet even with research and technological advancements, the fact remains that communication and relationships between communicators fail because of what we say and how we say it. Words matter!

Achieving Greatness through Action

LEAD Time logo (the "A" in LEAD is the three-peaked leadership mountain with path leading to up with duty, respect, and integrity)

A Bias for Action
Leaders in the wildland fire service are not only empowered but also duty-bound to act on a situation that is within our power to affect, even without direction from above.

Monday, March 13, 2017

2017 Professional Reading List is Live!



The WFDLP is issuing the 2017 reading challenge!  The books chosen as the primary focus for this year are: Extreme Ownership by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin; Team of Teams by retired Army General Stanley McChrystal; The Art of Authenticity by Karissa Thacker; and Resilience by Eric Greitens.

Integrity: Set the Example

Integrity: Set the Example  Share the hazards and hardships with your subordinates. Don't show discouragement when facing setbacks. Choose the difficult right over the easy wrong.  [Photo credit: Kari Greer/USFS]
Integrity: Set the Example
  • Share the hazards and hardships with your subordinates.
  • Don't show discouragement when facing setbacks.
  • Choose the difficult right over the easy wrong.
[Photo credit: Kari Greer/USFS]