Leadership & Command Web Exclusives

  • Blessed are the Ignorant

    You may well be wondering where I am headed with this piece of commentary. I have been meandering a bit to this point. Let me suggest that I am starting on a journey of knowledge and enlightenment. However, I believe that, in this instance, I find...

    Article • April 19th, 2010

  • The Journey: Mistakes and Decisions

    There is an expression that teachers use with their grade school children:"Mistakes are good, they help us grow, they teach us what we need to know." That expression may be good for grade school, but in the fire service mistakes can be deadly. It does...

    Article • April 10th, 2010

  • A Question of Character

    The greatest leader forgets himselfAnd attends to the development of others. Good leaders support excellent workers. Great leaders support the bottom ten percent. Great leaders know that The diamond in the rough Is always found "in the rough...

    Article • April 7th, 2010

  • Jesus or Judas: Who Are You Following?

    The thoughts behind this visit with you have been rumbling around in my brain for nearly two weeks. A recent sermon by Scott Brown, our senior pastor at the Colts Neck Reformed Church, sent my thinking machine into overdrive. My mind was filled to...

    Article • April 3rd, 2010

  • Establishing an Incident Command Structure at Special Operations Incidents

    The changing times in our society today has resulted in the alteration of the roles of the Nation's emergency responders. Today's rescuers can find themselves on the front lines at a Special Operations Incident. Moreover, the long-term success at these...

    Article • March 30th, 2010

  • A Tactical Worksheet for the Dynamic Fireground

    One of the key elements to the success of any fireground operation is the ability of the incident commander to keep several steps ahead of how the incident is unfolding. Proper planning and deployment of resources has a direct impact not only on the...

    Article • March 30th, 2010

  • Leadership in a World Gone Mad

    Times are tough my friends. There is not a day which goes by when you and I fail to see the harsh realities of the current economic state of our nation. Fire departments are being asked to come up with budget cuts which are devastating in the depth and...

    Article • March 25th, 2010

  • Are You a Sunshine Fireman?

    Let me begin this missive to my fire service buddies by suggesting that the cold winter weather here in New Jersey is wreaking havoc with my front porch-sitting, cigar-puffing, thinking-chair sessions. Ladies and gentlemen, I have been forced to conduct a...

    Article • February 10th, 2010

  • Reaching New Heights for Safety

    Recently we were on our way to the local civic arena to test the latest crop of rookie in their job skills abilities. Our department uses this test to measure the skill level that a new person has achieved in the first year of joining our department.

    Article • February 9th, 2010

  • The Marines are Looking, so is the Fire Service - Part 1

    There's much that the fire service can learn from the Marine Corps recruiting.

    Article • February 8th, 2010

  • Lessons from the Circus - Part IV: Volunteers are Important

    There is a place in Sarasota where you can go to see an old-time circus. However, it is a circus with a difference. It is called the Sailor Circus and is located on the grounds of the old Sarasota High School.

    Article • January 27th, 2010

  • The Journey: Leader's Listen

    Former New York City Mayor Ed Koch would ask people at meetings and speaking events "How'm I doing?" You can bet that a crowd of New Yorkers would not be shy in their responses. They would let him know exactly what they thought, even if it wasn't what...

    Article • January 21st, 2010

  • The Journey: Learning from History

    There is a saying that those who do not learn from history are destined to repeat it. That was meant to have a negative connotation. But what if we do learn from history does that somehow automatically imply that we will have successful outcomes...

    Article • January 20th, 2010

  • The Journey: Non-verbal Communication

    We are all probably familiar with some form of non-verbal communication or another. It may be the form of communication that you use when you are cut off on the highway and you need to let the driver in the other car know that you thought you should...

    Article • December 11th, 2009

  • The Meaning of the Meal

    Let me once again state the painfully obvious to you. Food is a critical element of life. Without nourishment, we would soon wither and die. That's right my friends, food is a life or death proposition. Of course those of you who really know me would...

    Article • November 20th, 2009