Leadership & Command Web Exclusives

  • Create an Effective Marketing Plan for Your Department Now: Here's How

    There has been so much written about plans over the years that the very thought of it can cause a fire officer’s eyes to glaze over. On the other hand, think about it this way: Would you allow your firefighters to attack a fire in your jurisdiction...

    Article • April 12th, 2012

  • The Curse of Charisma: The Dangers of Persuasion by Personality

    You need to stop and think about the tapestry of words around you.

    Article • April 11th, 2012

  • Start the New Year by Resetting Your Moral Compass

    We are at the beginning of yet another new year. Was it not just Jan. 3 1, 2011? As I grow older, I begin to see the wisdom imparted to me by a senior buddy years ago. He told me that in many ways life is like a roll of toilet paper. He told me that the...

    Article • January 5th, 2012

  • Assessing What They LACK: The Culture of Firefighting

    Editor's Note: The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Courage to be Safe program identified four area where fire officers needed to improve their awareness, training and skills: leadership, accountability, culture and knowledge (LACK...

    Article • December 26th, 2011

  • A Simple Gift for this Holiday Season

    Let me begin this visit with you by offering my best wishes to you for a happy and joyous holiday season. For some of us a Merry Christmas is the way to go, while for others best wishes for the joy of Hanukkah will be most appropriate. This is one of...

    Article • December 16th, 2011

  • Assessing What They LACK: Can Change Occur Without Knowledge?

    Many have been the words that have been devoted to the importance of knowledge in the life of the world. Plato (409 BC) gave us an early bit of wisdom. In describing the importance of knowledge in the process for the selection of judges, he stated that...

    Article • November 26th, 2011

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 45

    Drill # 45: Incident Command System - Part 2Readers will learn about the key positions in the Incident Command System (ICS) and the responsibilites each position holds. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to...

    Article • November 20th, 2011

  • Firehouse.com Weekly Drill: No. 44

    Drill # 44: Incident Command System - Part 1Readers will learn how the Incident Command System (ICS) can be used more efficiently. The drill is designed to be a single page of information to conjure up discussions among...

    Article • November 13th, 2011

  • So You Want to be a Mentor

    Not long ago I had the pleasure of partaking in another outstanding and informative sermon from Pastor Scott Brown at the Colts Neck, NJ, Reformed Church. The concept of shared knowledge was at the heart of his message to our flock. One of the primary...

    Article • November 4th, 2011

  • Assessing What They LACK: Accountability is Critical

    Editor's Note: The National Fallen Firefighters Foundation’s Courage to be Safe program identified four area where fire officers needed to improve their awareness, training and skills: leadership, accountability, culture and knowledge (LACK). This...

    Article • November 1st, 2011

  • Boston Shriners Children's Hospital: More than Burns

    Back in 2004 it was my privilege to be asked to craft an article for Firehouse Magazine about the wonderful works being performed by the dedicated folks at the Boston Shriners Hospital for Children. You may recall that I covered some really important...

    Article • October 7th, 2011

  • I Once Was Lost but Now am Found

    This visit with you today is a sort of follow up message to my last two columns on Firehouse.com. In one I spoke of the problems I encountered when my faith in an individual was misplaced. In the other I spoke of the problems caused by the interaction...

    Article • September 20th, 2011

  • Leadership Under Fire: The Leader's Toolbox

    “I’d rather be a hammer than a nail” are words from the popular 1970’s Simon & Garfunkel song “El Condor Pasa.” They could also be the mantra of many fire service leaders, since a common philosophy of leading others tends to rely on the use of...

    Article • September 17th, 2011

  • Disasters and Dumb-Asses: A Bad Combination

    Having lived through the worst hurricane to hit my state in more than a century, I feel qualified to make a few statements on things which are happening in the world around you and me. Let me start by stating that as bad as things were in Howell...

    Article • September 7th, 2011

  • Leadership Under Fire: Rowing with One Oar

    Command and control has been the name of the fire service leadership game for decades, maybe even centuries. That is, when it comes to how decisions and directions are given at most fire departments, it is “my way or the highway” and “do as you...

    Article • August 12th, 2011