Thursday, May 24, 2018

IGNITE: Your Behavior Speaks Volumes

“Culture is an emergent phenomenon produced by structures, practices, leadership behavior, incentives, symbols, rituals, and processes. All those levers have to be pulled to have any chance of success. However, one driver of culture change is more important than the others. Culture change fails when the most visible symbols of it fail to change. Those key symbols are almost always the top leader’s behavior, which speaks much louder than anything they might say.”  Paul Gibbons, “The Science of Successful Organizational Change”
Photo: Kari Greer/USFS
“Culture is an emergent phenomenon produced by structures, practices, leadership behavior, incentives, symbols, rituals, and processes. All those levers have to be pulled to have any chance of success. However, one driver of culture change is more important than the others. Culture change fails when the most visible symbols of it fail to change. Those key symbols are almost always the top leader’s behavior, which speaks much louder than anything they might say.” - Paul Gibbons, “The Science of Successful Organizational Change”

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Thank You - Thank You - Thank You

Thank you. Keep it up. Great job. (button)
(Photo credit: Mohamed Hassan/Pixabay)
A few weeks ago, I got to spend time with a co-worker who was in town for a meeting about leadership. One would expect that members meeting to talk about leadership would lead by example. This person embodies the values of duty, respect, and integrity. I am honored to call him "friend." (For the sake of this blog, I shall call him "John.")

Monday, May 21, 2018

IGNITE: The Power of "No"

A ‘No’ uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.” —Mahatma Gandhi (Stand of burned trees)
(Photo: Kari Greer/USFS)
A ‘No’ uttered from deepest conviction is better and greater than a ‘Yes’ merely uttered to please, or what is worse, to avoid trouble.” — Mahatma Gandhi

Thursday, May 17, 2018

IGNITE: Bringing Your Best

(Photo: Kyle Miller/Wyoming IHC)
Self-awareness enables you to bring your best self to others. - Dan Rockwell

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Culture Clash

Wildland Fire Leadership Values and Principles

While searching for inspiration for this week's blog, I picked up my copy of Gilbert W. Fairholm's book Leadership and the Culture of Trust. The first three paragraphs of the book inspired post.
It is clear that much of current American culture works against internal unity and cohesion. Multiple competing cultures and subcultures with attendant different value systems are challenging our cultures from within and without. We are now in a situation in America where most organizations try to cope with multiple diverse value systems espoused by each of their stakeholder groups.

Monday, May 14, 2018

IGNITE: Connections

[Photo credit: La Grande IHC]
Group performance depends on behavior that communicates one powerful overarching idea: We are safe and connected. - Daniel Coyle

Sunday, May 13, 2018

IGNITE: Happy Mother's Day to All

Nurturing has the ability to transform people's lives.  ~ John C. Maxwell ~ (firefighter nurturing a bear cub)
Photo: Gannett Glacier Fire Crew

Nurturing has the ability to transform people's lives.
~ John C. Maxwell ~

Thursday, May 10, 2018

IGNITE: Lead by Example

A leader leads by example not by force. - Sun Tzu
(Photo: Josh Shroyer)
A leader leads by example not by force. - Sun Tzu

Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Closeness Only Counts...

fractal collision
(Photo credit: Dark Souls1/Pixabay)
There is an old adage that says, "closeness only counts in horseshoes and grenades." We know these two things are not the only places where closeness matters. In this blog, we will discuss the effects of closeness on relationship development.

Thursday, May 3, 2018

Jolly and Bradshaw Receive 2017 LBE Awards


Matt Jolly and Larry Bradshaw
(Photo credit: Rob Chaney, Missoulian)
Matt Jolly and Larry Bradshaw
USFS Fire Sciences Laboratory
Honored for Initiative and Innovation

Matt and Larry have been selected as two of the recipients for the 2017 Paul Gleason Lead by Example award. Four individuals from across the wildland fire service have been chosen to receive this national award.