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As 2014 comes to a close, the IAFC would like to wish its members, partners and other industry professionals a safe and happy holiday season. As we reflect on the past year for the industry, we would like to provide the readers of the Bugle Brief a look at the most accessed articles from the year. Our regular publication will resume Jan. 8.




6 fundamentals that can make you a better manager in 2014
Forbes
From Jan. 8: When it comes to management, I've always been a bigger believer in fundamentals than fancy, Victor Lipman writes. When it comes to operational effectiveness, chances are that will be determined by how well you execute fundamentals day in and day out. In that spirit, here are six fundamentals that can make you a better manager in 2014.
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What a fire chief must do to change the culture
Fire Chief
From May 22: How do you enforce a policy as a chief that you once clearly violated as a firefighter? How do you change the culture of a large organization that takes pride in its traditions, even the more dubious ones? How do you bring people at the station level to come to see that there are other ways to create team spirit and camaraderie other than hazing and unprofessional behavior? These are real questions that need to be answered, and they cannot be answered just with the statement of a policy.
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7 ways leaders maintain their composure in difficult times
Forbes
From Jan. 22: Leaders need to show more composure than ever before in the workplace. With the change management requirements, increased marketplace demands and intensifying competitive factors that surround us, leaders must have greater poise, agility and patience to minimize the impact of uncertainty. How leaders respond to these and other growing pressures is an indicator of their leadership preparedness, maturity and acumen.
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How firefighter morale impacts performance
Fire Chief
From July 8: Fire department morale — what's the big deal? If you are going to lead a fire department you need your firefighters to perform at their peak — and performance is directly tied to morale. Yes, there's empirical research to back that up.
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9 things great leaders say every day
Inc.
From Feb. 24: Your words are among your greatest tools. They're a window into your vision, your values and your abilities. So, whether you're running a giant organization or just trying to herd a group toward a certain outcome, there are messages you need to communicate constantly in order to lead effectively. Start every day planning to say each of these things to at least one person, and watch the results.
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4 simple things you can do to be a better leader
Forbes
From May 22: Typically the most well-respected leaders have the ability to combine leading from the front and working in the trenches alongside their team. Anyone leading a team who believes they are above getting their hands dirty won't last long. The best leaders can lead from anywhere — the top, bottom or middle.
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Good managers avoid saying these things to their teams
Forbes
From March 24: God bless the bad managers we've struggled under, those toads and zombies who taught us so many valuable leadership lessons (all lessons of the How Not to Lead variety). We still remember those managers years later, with their tempers, idiosyncracies and neuroses. Sometimes it takes years to recognize the power in the leadership advice our former, lousy managers imparted.
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5 things great leaders do every day
Forbes
From May 8: When you hear the term inspirational leader, you may get images of someone who's achieved considerable success, or is a brilliant strategist able to amass a personal fortune. Or perhaps you consider someone who gives rousing motivational speeches worthy of a TED talk — an iconoclast who changes the national dialogue. What truly inspires people is actually in reach of your average manager in any organization: a personal, authentic, one-on-one connection.
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Leadership: How to get from good to great
Inc.
From March 24: Company leaders always want to motivate, inspire and support their people to the absolute fullest. But most go to bed at night suspecting that they are coming up a little short. Maybe more than a little. Take heart: You can become a truly great leader. Here's what it takes.
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5 things great leaders do every day
Forbes
From May 8: When you hear the term inspirational leader, you may get images of someone who's achieved considerable success, or is a brilliant strategist able to amass a personal fortune. Or perhaps you consider someone who gives rousing motivational speeches worthy of a TED talk — an iconoclast who changes the national dialogue. What truly inspires people is actually in reach of your average manager in any organization: a personal, authentic, one-on-one connection.
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9 leadership traits that stand the test of time
Forbes
From June 9: Ten years ago, I was lucky to join forces with Andrea Redmond, Charles A. Tribbett III and their team at Russell Reynolds Associates, Bruce Kasanoff writes. We gathered leadership insights from some of the world's most successful business leaders. The result was the book “Business Evolves, Leadership Endures.” Here are the nine leadership traits we featured in the book, along with quotes from some of the business leaders we interviewed.
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