This keynote captures the very ESSENCE of emergency services more now than it did when it was first given.Read More »
Ben Franklin: Founding Father, Firefighter, and… EMS Educator?
Ben Franklin left lessons to inspire & guide emergency service leaders in the 21st century.Read More »
RescueDigest Rules of Three: Do You Get Compliance, Cooperation, or Collaboration?
Compliance, Cooperation, or Collaboration? These are listed in order of how well your colleagues or subordinates will work with you. Whether you were leading a group, or an entire organization, mentoring an individual or individuals, or acting in the role of an educator, today’s rule of three will help you clarify how well people are working together. What are you ...Read More »
RescueDigest Rules of Three: Circles of CONTROL, INFLUENCE, CONCERN
Your spheres of Control, Influence, and Concern (and the rest of the world). CONTROL, INFLUENCE, CONCERN Many aspiring leaders think that if they can just reach that next level, that promotion to supervisor, that promotion to shift commander, or if they can make it to the top of the organization and be chief, then finally things will run the way ...Read More »
6 Tips For Newly Promoted Officers
6 Tips For Newly Promoted Officers Perhaps no other time in your career in emergency services more challenging than the transition from “Buddy to Boss” EXCEPT maybe when you are an experienced officer moving to a new group.Read More »
Are You A One Dimensional Leader?
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, ...Read More »
September 11th. Are We Honoring Their Memories?
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 ...Read More »
While you were out, there was a fire. Thoughts on Leadership from FDIC
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, ...Read More »
Is There Value in Busywork in Emergency Services?
If You Have Time to Lean, You Have Time to Clean! Is there value in busywork in emergency services? I think your answer probably depends on whether you are Supervisor or Staff in your organization.Read More »
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 ...Read More »