Leadership

RescueDigest knows that leadership today means more than managing paperwork. It means critical thinking, selflessness and a commitment to doing the right thing, no matter how hard that might be. To lead, one must learn.

Are You A One Dimensional Leader?

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RescueDigest Rules of Three: Blame, Sympathize, or Fix The RescueDigest Rules of Three are simple, easy to use rules through which emergency responders can improve themselves, the people they teach or mentor, and the organizations in which they work.   Today’s topic is for current or aspiring leaders in emergency services: What do you become when a problem arises? BLAMER, SYMPATHIZER, ...

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September 11th. Are We Honoring Their Memories?

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Maybe The Question Should Not Be “Do you Remember September 11th?”, But Rather “How Do you Remember September 11th?” I’ve heard a lot of people ask lately “Do You Remember?”. There are even songs about it. This year especially it seems to me that more and more people are going out of their way to ask if I’m “remembering”, and ...

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While you were out, there was a fire. Thoughts on Leadership from FDIC

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Leadership When No One Is Watching Every year in April approximately 30,000 brothers and sisters of the fire service descend on Indianapolis, Indiana for Fire Engineering’s Fire Department Instructor’s Conference: FDIC. For the past few years I’ve been proud to count myself among them as both a student and a teacher. It is an amazing event that educates the mind, ...

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2015 Arrives!

2015 Arrives

New Year, New Challenges, New Opportunities In the past year first responders encountered a number of extremely difficult challenges. There were large-scale responses and small-town tragedies, there were personal tragedies and global budget problems; but through it all first responders around the world shouldered the weight of protecting those in need. 2015 arrives with a world of potential. What is ...

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Leadership Lessons: Are Your Leaders Acting like Parents or Substitute Teachers?

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The chief emphasized that he didn't mean that all of his people were acting like children, although the look in his eye implied that maybe some were. I wasn't suggesting anything about the maturity of his people, but rather that parents don't stop being parents when their children grow up. In fact, this is exactly what I meant by helping agency leaders acting like parents rather than substitute teachers.

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