Monday, April 26, 2010
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Jamie Barnes, E-381 AFEO, created the first lesson plan in the project and has added some unique facilitation tools including incorporation of the self-development plan. Take time to peruse the lesson plan which can be found at
All members of the wildland fire service are encouraged to submit lesson plans or discussion questions. You do not have to follow the template exactly as all contributions to the program are worthy of consideration.
Friday, April 16, 2010
The annual award was created to honor Paul Gleason, a wildland firefighter whose career spanned several decades before he succumbed to cancer in 2003. Gleason is best known for developing the LCES (Lookout, Communication, Escape Routes, Safety Zones) concept that became the foundation of wildland firefighter safety. Throughout his career, Gleason led and mentored firefighters, studied and taught wildland fire, and worked to improve firefighter safety. The awards highlight Gleason’s influence on and contribution to wildland fire management, while honoring those who demonstrate the spirit of leadership for which he was known.
The award is sponsored by the Wildland Fire Leadership Development Subcommittee under the National Wildfire Coordinating Group, an interagency, intergovernmental group that works to improve policy, standards, and safety in wildland and prescribed fire management. The Gleason Award is based on three categories: motivation and vision; mentoring and teamwork; and innovation or initiative. Individuals and groups from federal, state, local and tribal agencies are eligible for the award.
The 2009 award winners are:
- Dennis Baldridge, USFS ~Motivation and Vision
- Pete Glover, Michigan DNR ~ Mentoring and Teamwork
- Steve Holdsambeck, USFS ~ Initiative and Innovation
- Kathy Komatz, NPS ~ Initiative and Innovation
- Stan Stewart, USFS ~ Motivation and Vision
Visit http://www.fireleadership.gov/toolbox/documents/gleason_award_past_recipients.html to find out more about these and winners.
*Picture of Pete Glover receiving his reward.
Thursday, April 8, 2010
"The references in this volume represent a diverse collection of classic and contemporary social science research related to managing organizations." General Technical Report RMRS-GTR-201 can be found at http://www.wildfirelessons.net/uploads/AFP_Articles/rmrs_gtr201.pdf.
Monday, April 5, 2010
A few years ago I spoke with training specialists at the US Navy’s Center for Naval Leadership regarding a particular Leadership in Cinema lesson plan that had been challenged by a well-known leadership development company. The Center of Naval Leadership had faced similar problems with the company and was in the process of adopting a new leadership model.
A few months ago while researching information for the WFLDP self-development tool, I came across an article that has captivated me titled “The Dynamics of High Performing Organizations” by Gary Lear of Resource Development Systems, LLC. This is the model that the US Navy’s Center for Naval Leadership selected for use in developing their leaders.
Lear’s a model called The Seven Elements of High Performance Organizations™. He contends that “It’s not processes, but people that drive performance.”
The Seven Elements include:
- The Core Element – People
- The 4 Cardinal Elements – Vision, Leadership, Strengths and Innovation
- The 2 Foundational Elements – Trust and Personal Responsibility
Read for yourself what Lear says about his model at http://www.rds-net.com/articles/The%20Dynamics%20of%20High%20Performing%20Organizations%202009.pdf.
Thursday, April 1, 2010
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