Before you are a leader, success is all about growing yourself. When you become a leader, success is all about growing others.
~ Jack Welch
You’ve heard the old saying that change is inevitable. And just like leadership, change is often not easy. As a leader, you must identify and process change internally to demonstrate how it will appear externally. As a leader, it is natural for an individual to feel ownership and/or protective over their team, as well as the product of their work and sacrifices one makes. It's personal! So, when change comes about, it can be troubling, disheartening, and demotivating depending on how and why Continue Reading
For over 25 years now, I have proudly been a part of what I call the greatest profession on earth, and that is America’s fire service. I have built some incredible life-long relationships along the way, and have been mentored by some of the greatest names in the business. But as the years go rapidly by, many of those individuals have left our profession and have faded into the life of retirement, and even some eventually passing on. With the passing of our friend Deputy Fire Administrator Glenn Continue Reading
“Is it LIVE or Is It Memorex?” That was a slogan from many years ago, probably long before many of you reading this were born. It was the VHS and cassette tape days of cutting edge technology. Looking back, I sure do miss those days because it seems things were much simpler and they moved at a slower pace than today’s society and technology. So what does this have to do with leadership? Believe it or not, it’s very similar. As Ron Dennis and I travel this great country talking about The Continue Reading
In the 1992 movie, Gettysburg, General Robert E. Lee played by Martin Sheen, has a conversation with Corps Commander General James Longstreet, played by Tom Berringer, just prior to the second days battle. As you may recall, July 2, 1863 saw some of the heaviest fighting in areas known as the Wheatfield, Peach Orchard, Devil's Den, Slaughter Pen, and of course, Little Round Top. During the conversation, Lee describes that soldiering has one great trap. "To be a good soldier, you must love the Continue Reading