Leadership & Command Magazine Articles

  • The Right Road

    Months have passed since the terrorist attacks of September. Much rhetoric has been espoused regarding the next wave of attacks and where we should spend the money given to us to prepare for terrorism. I find it more than a little troubling that the...

    Article • June 1st, 2002

  • The Wise Leader Understands The Use Of Power

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    Article • May 1st, 2002

  • The Great Leader Has A Vision

    How many of you have worked for an organization mired in the depths of the past? How many of you have worked for a fire department without a clue as to what its future might look like? Sad to say, the answer in far too many cases is yes to one or both...

    Article • February 28th, 2002

  • Two Words: “Routine” And “Size-Up”

    Each and every year, too many firefighters are killed or injured on the fireground. The average number killed is in the neighborhood of 100 a year. Factoring in the data that links over 50% of the fatalities with heart/lung or other health-related issues...

    Article • February 28th, 2002

  • Maximizing Your Organization: It Starts At The Top

    There exists a plethora of programs designed to bring out the best in one’s organization. Outside consultants armed with a PowerPoint presentations and rented hotel banquet rooms are popping up everywhere. Each of them espouses to know the secrets to...

    Article • January 31st, 2002

  • Motivation – Fire Service Motivational Drivers: Satisfiers & Dissatisfiers

    Dr. Bill Lowe teaches fire officers what they can do today to ensure higher motivation levels from firefighters tomorrow.

    Article • December 31st, 2001

  • The Human Factor: Effective Organizational Change In The Fire Service

    Ginger James suggests ways to manage a fire department through a major structural change, among the biggest challenges faced by fire chiefs.

    Article • December 31st, 2001

  • The Real Leader Is A Student

    In my continuing search for better leaders in the fire service, my journey now takes me in another, new direction. In my May 2001 Command Post column, I spoke of my deep and abiding belief that truly great leaders are teachers, people who willingly...

    Article • December 31st, 2001

  • Rural Water Shuttle Operations - Part 1

    Michael A. Wieder describes recommended procedures for setting up shuttle and fill site operations in areas beyond the reach of hydrants.

    Article • November 30th, 2001

  • Incident Management Systems

    By request of the author, this article is not available online

    Article • November 30th, 2001

  • A Good Leader Is Neither A Lazy Bones Nor a Roadblock

    In this, my latest discussion of the concept of leadership, I am going to attempt to reach out and touch you. But it is not my intention to do it in the fine old, classic touchy-feely way of the telephone commercials of my youth. It is my intention to...

    Article • October 31st, 2001

  • Crew Resource Management Applied To The Incident Command System - Part 5

    Dennis L. Rubin continues his series of articles on adapting aviation management techniques to the mitigation of fires and other emergencies

    Article • October 31st, 2001

  • Needed: Changes In Attitude

    Cynthia Verburg, Jeremy Chandler, Devin Weaver, Harry Ford, Jim Clingenpeel and Joe Vargason all have something in common. They were all recently listed in the U.S. Fire Administration's notification list for line-of-duty deaths. They ranged in age from...

    Article • October 1st, 2001

  • Command Presence

    By request of the author, this article is not available online

    Article • October 1st, 2001

  • Honesty Is The Only Policy

    Quite a while ago, one of you kind folks out there in reader land took the time to share an important thought with me. After reviewing one of my early leadership commentaries, back in July 2000, this gentleman took the time to drop me a note. He was...

    Article • September 1st, 2001