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    Default Lessons in "Leaderslip"

    I found this little gem from Lt, Ray McCormack, FDNY.
    “Lessons on Leaderslip”…
    By thehousewatch | March 11, 2009
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    Lessons on Leaderslip

    1. Sit on the apparatus alone and wait impatiently for your crew to eventually join you.

    2. Insist on drilling on irrelevant topics using your typically boring approach.

    3. Exercise your authority for no other reason than self fulfillment.

    4. Place your company in the wrong location at a fire because you do not know any better.

    5. Shy away from getting an assignment because you could get hurt.

    6. Pull the plug as quickly as possible and make sure you tell everyone you did it for crew safety.

    7. Become chummy with the higher ups it makes you feel important and gets you off the hook easier.

    8. Love the rule book and be a stickler for the insignificant because you are going to make a difference.

    9. Passing on information is easy; passing on a tactical opinion is difficult because you don’t have one.

    10. Foundations are not saves and saves do not make themselves.
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    I would very much like to meet Ray McCormack, he seems like a guy that gets what it means to be firefighter. And...he says it quite clearly with no sugar coating.
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    I would print this and post it on my wall, but I'm afraid some would miss the sarcasm and think it was encouragement of their behavior.

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    I would love to mail that to my former chief without a return address!! Thank God he is FORMER!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Here and there View Post
    I would print this and post it on my wall, but I'm afraid some would miss the sarcasm and think it was encouragement of their behavior.
    Yeah- and in the meantime spellcheck the Leaderslip.
    Ian "Eno" McLeod

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