â€œLeadership is intangible, hard to measure, and difficult to describe. Itâ€™s quality would seem to stem from many factors. But certainly they must include a measure of inherent ability to control and direct, self-confidence based on expert knowledge, initiative, loyalty, pride and sense of responsibility. Inherent ability cannot be instilled, but that which is latent […]
Move over a skosh,..got hot Joe cominâ€™ through! Man,..its cold up here in the North today! Say, a fellaâ€™ I know was discussing fire service leadership, and you know me, Iâ€™ll allow that is right up my alley! So we sat and brewed up some thoughts together and this is what spilt out: Before we […]
“Leadership is intangible, and therefore no weapon ever designed can replace it.” — General Omar Bradley This is the way I see it over the rim of my cup o’ Joe. Today’s fire service is faced with countless difficulties including economics, extreme technical leaps, generational differences in values and ethics and now even post […]
Recently recieved an email from a former member, “Cap, miss hangin’ out with you, these guys don’t seem to have any drive to train or get better at the job!”…Not the first time I’ve gotten a note like that. I responded with encouragement and the belief that this particular Jake would put things right in […]
Hey Brother,….The Good Book says in Proverbs, that “iron sharpens iron..” meaning that iron in one form can be sharpened by iron in another form (like a file). It goes on to say that in a similar way, good friends build each other up. Sometimes by being brutally honest with each other. A skilled, attentive […]
“The first day, the look on the DC’s face was priceless, he looked like he was gonna have a coronary. I asked him, “You want me to back off?” He said, “No, I am out of my element, …but I have never seen so much accomplished in so short a time. Keep it up, I’ll go protect your job!” The trials and tribulations of training recruits how to be a part of the fire service and convincing the establishment that it still has merit in the modern world we serve in.