IAFC Bugle Brief
Jul. 22, 2015

6 things great leadership teams do
Great Leadership by Dan
Most leadership teams are not teams at all. Most are groups whose members focus on their functional team's needs, not the organization's needs. Members of the leadership group battle their peers daily for limited funds, resources and people, day in and day out. That's no way to create a high performing, values-aligned organization. Here are six things that effective, inspiring leadership teams do consistently.More

Make your team less hierarchical
Harvard Business Review
It is up to today's leaders to truly empower their organizations to think, act and move as a network — it's a mental shift that starts at the top. To adopt the network model, your organization must take a few steps.More

Is your fire truck operation-ready 24/7/365?
By Frank R. Myers
Despite why you chose a career in the fire service — to help people, excitement, tradition, opportunity, etc. — the fact remains that it is one of the most dangerous professions out there. In our line of work, minutes and seconds count. That's why it's imperative to use our time as efficiently as possible — both out on calls and back at the station. One way to maximize productive use of time occurs at the beginning of your tour of duty during the morning truck checkout.More

How to prevent firefighters from making negative headlines
Fire Chief
Bad behavior and social media has landed many firefighters in hot water. Within the past week, a firefighter in Mississippi posted a controversial Facebook post that showed the KKK flag with a statement above that read "White power will never die" in response to the controversy surrounding the state flag. More

10 secrets to sounding confident
Fast Company
If confidence could be bottled, it would be an overnight sensation. Confidence is a trait we admire in others and lament the absence of in ourselves. But while some people may indeed just be born confident, it's a skill the rest of us can easily acquire. As all the best performers and public speakers know, confidence is as much about appearance as it is about feeling it. So where better to start honing your confidence than in your voice, one of the most important tools you have to give others a favorable impression?More

3 occasions where patience is key
Everyone can be impatient from time to time — it's part of human nature. But there are those people that can't seem to wait for anything, and on the surface, seem to get an insane amount done. The reality, though, is that if you dig deeper into the minds and actions of these overly successful grinders, there is going to be a very calculated practice of patience buried in their ways.More

Be a leader worth following
By Candice Gottlieb-Clark
Before I begin any workplace engagement, I ask the person informing me of the problem one important question: "If I determine you are at the core of some of these issues, how do you want me to tell you?" I ask this because problems do not happen in isolation. Commonly, they trickle down from the top. From leadership missteps to flaws in the organizational structure. I have learned a lot about the characteristics that make a good leader. Here is what all leaders should know.More

15 steps to great leadership (the more human way)
Terry St. Marie More Human Leadership
It wasn't easy to get here. In fact it was almost impossible and more times than I could count I had almost thrown in the towel. But, having been in the business for 28 years, I knew that these past seven had been exceptional. As I stopped a beat to answer the question, the whole journey flashed through my head, and time seemed to stand still. How did I do this? And how can I fit it all in one simple sentence?More