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7 steps to building a high-performing team
thoughtLEADERS
We all want to lead high-performing teams, but where should one begin? Not every team has the ability to be high-performing but it won't perform well if you don't focus on getting it there. Most successful teams share the following seven characteristics.
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Avoid these communication mistakes
Inc.
Everyone communicates and occasionally misspeaks. But the best leaders and the greatest bosses we admire are the ones who take great care with their communication. Here are some common communication blunders and mistakes we are all guilty of and it would be best to avoid.
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Addressing gender discrimination in fire departments
By Caitlin Harrison
Women have made strong gains in the fire industry over the last four decades since the first career female firefighter joined the ranks in 1973. Today, women make up 3.6 percent of the career firefighter population and 34 percent of the EMS workforce, according to the U.S. Fire Administration. Yet gender discrimination and hostile work environments persist. At the International Association of Fire Chiefs' Fire-Rescue International 2014, the problem was described as a cultural one.
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Why automated recruiting doesn't work
Forbes
Automated recruiting by means of keyword searching is undoubtedly the worst use of technology in the history of the business world, if not of mankind. We should have known that when we put in a job ad, "The selected candidate must possess interpersonal, organizational and administrative skills," nearly every candidate is going to put those very same keywords into his or her resume or job application.
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The difference between management versus leadership
About.com
While it is relatively easy to define what a manager is or what a manager does, there doesn't seem to be a consensus on the definition of leadership. When management guru Tom Peters asked readers of his popular blog to define leadership, he received more than 300 different definitions. What exactly is the definition of "leadership?"
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Why firefighters must avoid 'small vision' culture
Fire Chief
Every firefighter understands the importance of situational awareness on emergency scenes. You need to assess hazards, determine how long a fire has been burning, prioritize exposures and create a search-and-rescue plan. You won't see too many firefighters focused on their smartphones when in the middle of fire response. But the rest of the time, when firefighters are not actively responding to emergency calls, can be another story.
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Putting a value on values
By Michael J. Berens
We live in a time of eroding trust. Public confidence in leaders, both political and business, as well as major institutions is hitting bottom. At times it seems our best course of action is to follow the advice from "The X-Files" and Detective Fox Mulder: "Trust no one." Of course, as individuals and organizations we cannot function without trust. It is the glue that holds relationships together. That's why in times like these it is crucial that you are vigilant in preserving and protecting your organization's integrity.
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5 enduring leadership lessons
Forbes
With the recent death of Warren Bennis, "the father of leadership," let's reflect on the significance of his passing and what he has "passed along" to all of us. The five enduring lessons identified here can't possibly capture the breadth and depth of his legacy, but they attempt to represent his foundational principles.
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