So, is our comfortable little world changing? You bet it is, and it's going to get a whole lot more frantic as time goes on. Where do you stand? Are you eager to see what's on the horizon, or would you prefer a return to a simpler time? If the latter, then you have my sympathy because I don't think it's going to work out too well for your preference.
As leaders, our role in these hectic and tumultuous times is a complex one. We must not only try to understand and make use of what's on the immediate horizon, but we need to also forecast what may be out there farther ahead, a bit more difficult to see. And we must also "grease the skids" a little to help our subordinates understand and embrace the need for rapid change.
I have a lot of faith in firefighters. They never cease to amaze me, as each generation gets a little smarter and more eager to change things. They may occasionally seem a trifle weird until you get use to them, but that's okay, isn't it? I suppose we were a little weird too.
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Bruce Thompson is the chief of the Sierra Vista(AZ) Fire Department. Chief Thompson started his fire service career in 1974. He is a Past President of the Arizona Fire Chiefs? Association and a 1989 graduate of the National Fire Academy?s Executive Officer Program. E-mail Chief Thompson at: firstname.lastname@example.org