The Fire Scene: "Conforming": Teaching Our New Members to Excel

The word “conforming” often carries a negative or restrictive connotation. Many people think of conforming as a surrender of their own ideas or behaviors in favor of those of another person or group. When I use the word conforming relative to...


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• You should be the first to finish your meal so you can then be the first to jump into the sink to clean the pots and pans.

Probies may come to the department from previous jobs with an electric company, a bakery or even a circus, or from college, or this may be a probie’s first real job, but every one of them falls right in line. Yes, they conform! Probies conform to be part of the team and to be accepted by their new companies. Conforming is good, don’t you think? n