Thursday, November 16, 2017

IGNITE: Seeds of Hope

"Even in obstacles, a leader finds the seeds of hope." ~ Steve Gutzler (wildland firefighters scraping the terrain]
Even in obstacles, a leader finds the seeds of hope. - Steve Gutzler

[Photo credit: Baker River IHC]

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Consistency - A Key in Leadership Success

Keys to success
(Pixabay/Free Graphic Today)
A few years back when I was officiating college and high school basketball, I wasn’t considered the best—as a matter of fact I was yelled, screamed, and cursed at by the best of crowds. However, as voted on by the coaches, I was the most consistent referee during my time. There was never a school I couldn’t officiate in. Coaches knew that if I was officiating their game, I would be consistent with my calls.

Monday, November 13, 2017

IGNITE: Ask Questions!

It is better to ask some of the questions than know all the answers. ~ James Thurber ~ (view above the smoke layer)

It is better to ask some of the questions than know all the answers.
~ James Thurber ~

[Photo credit: Redding IHC]

Thursday, November 9, 2017

IGNITE: Expressions of Gratitude

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy (cannon at Gettysburg in the fall)

As we express our gratitude, we must never forget that the highest appreciation is not to utter words, but to live by them. - John Fitzgerald Kennedy


[Photo credit: Paul Cerda]

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Bigger than Self - An Environment of Service

As we approach Veteran's Day and the conclusion of the 2017 Wildland Fire Leadership Campaign - Leading Authentically take a moment to watch this excerpt of Simon Sinek's
"Why good leaders make you feel safe" Ted Talk.


Wildland Fire Leadership Challenge - Digging a Little Deeper
  • Establish an environment of service within your team or local unit.
  • Read Richard Fagerlin's book Trust•o•logy.

Semper Fidelis OMNA

LtCol Eric Carlson USMC (Ret.), Col Craig Huddleston USMC (Ret.), Col Chris Conlin USMC (Ret.), and General John Kelly USMC (Ret.) and current White House Chief of Staff.
Photo of OMNA Marine veterans taken in Quantico, Virginia, circa 1988. From left to right:
LtCol Eric Carlson USMC (Ret.), Col Craig Huddleston USMC (Ret.), Col Chris Conlin USMC (Ret.), and General John Kelly USMC (Ret.) and current White House Chief of Staff.
Semper Fidelis OMNA
By George Risko

On November 10, 2017 the United States Marine Corps will celebrate its 242nd birthday. Formed at Tunn Tavern, on November 10, 1775, the USMC has gone on to deliver over two centuries of honorable and faithful service to the United States. In those years, the USMC has built up many men and women who then moved on into civilian life, taking with them the proud traditions and leadership qualities learned in the Corps.

Monday, November 6, 2017

IGNITE: Make a Path, Leave a Trail

Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.  ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~ (DC-10 air tanker dropping retardant)
Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson ~
[Photo credit: Justin Vernon]

Thursday, November 2, 2017

IGNITE: GAME ON!

It's "game on" every day! [Photo: UAK Nanook Wildland Fire Crew]

It's "game on" every day!

[Photo: UAK Nanooks Wildland Fire Crew]

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Experience Builds Bias


Us tree burners love belt buckles and their not so subtle significance. A buckle says: “This is where I paid my dues.” How many office pants are held up by a Shot Crew buckle from over a decade ago? I’m not bagging on this; my buckle has wings on it and I rock it proudly. I’m just pointing out the significance we place on experience.

Monday, October 30, 2017

IGNITE: The Key to Achieving Uncommon Results

Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results. - Ifeanyi
Teamwork is the secret that makes common people achieve uncommon results. - Ifeanyi
[Photo credit: Feather River IHC]