IAFC Bugle Brief
Jun. 8, 2015

A fire chief's words hold the power to crush his career
Fire Chief
Most fire chiefs have egos and are generally opinionated about a lot of issues. This character trait likely serves the chiefs well. Some of the direct benefits are helping build self-confidence, personal poise and better communication skills on and off the job. Yet, sometimes, we lose track of time and place and say things publicly that we really wish that we hadn't.More

4 daily habits of a good boss
Fast Company
Consistency is key, and a strong leader stands firm in what they practice. Each day, great people wake up and follow a specific personal routine that pushes them to be the best entrepreneur possible. Not only do these habits establish regularity in a world that can be tumultuous and ever-changing, but they work wonders in placing leaders in a great frame of mind.More

Developing employees who think for themselves
Harvard Business Review
When we talk to managers about what their workers are lacking, we hear a common refrain: "We need employees who can think, not just follow orders." The complaint is usually followed by an observation about how the world is changing too quickly to predict customers' demands, or that competitors are at their throats. The only way to thrive, or even survive, these managers conclude, is to find workers who can co-create value with customers and constantly improve operations. More

You're ending your emails wrong
It's time to stop using "best." The most succinct of email signoffs, it seems harmless enough, appropriate for anyone with whom you might communicate. Best is safe, inoffensive. It's also become completely and unnecessarily ubiquitous. That development is relatively recent: A University of Pennsylvania study from 2003 found that, out of hundreds of emailers, only 5 percent opted to close with best. It came in behind "thank you" and "regards."More

5 ways to successfully negotiate anything
When you think about it, there is very little that happens in your day that doesn't require some sort of negotiation. You don't have to work toward exploitation in every circumstance, but you don't have to be a pushover either. A little technique goes a long way in creating fairness for everyone.More

How does a leader learn from failure?
By Betty Boyd
"Failure is not an option." We've all heard this famous quote, which originated with the Apollo 13 space mission. When lives were at stake with a failed trip to the moon and a damaged spacecraft in 1970, the words rang true for those at NASA. However, when it comes to the business world, failure is really an option. In fact, learning from failure is sometimes the best option. Too many times, though, leaders run the other way because of a fear of failure. Here are some tips to help leaders learn from failure.More

How successful people handle stress
There are two kinds of people in this world: those who believe they can make things happen and those who believe things happen to them. The first group are convinced that the outcome of their lives and careers is more or less in their own hands, and they wouldn't have it any other way. The second group take more of a Forrest Gump approach — they sit around and wait for the bus to take them somewhere.More