Tag Archives: leadership

Mark VonAppen-Mentors: Voices From Our Past

Mark VonAppen discusses learning from mentors of the past on not to quite. Video comes from our friends at FirexTalk.  Thanks for this great message Mark! Subscribe for updates and new job announcements. Email:* First Name Email address: Leave this field empty if you're human:

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“The Assumptions of Others…Forget What They Say!”

“The Assumptions of Others…Forget What They Say!” We are given an amazing opportunity every day we crawl out of bed. A dream…to so many, we get to say that we are part of the American Fire Service! We have the opportunity of a lifetime to do great things with our lives while providing services to the community that not everyone ...

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“Branding Yourself” – You Don’t Need A Title To Be A Leader!

“Branding Yourself” We have a standard we must adhere to in this business…and that is simply to prepare those who wear the uniform and donn the PPE every single time the bell rings. Those who call 911 are looking to us for answers on their worst day. Inherently dangerous…this job, craft, and profession is filled with ups and downs, challenges, ...

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Part 1: Are We Professionals On Game Day?

Article by: Mike Lopina Are we professionals on game day? Are we professionals? We call ourselves such and it matters not if we are career or volunteer. What makes us professional is that we respond to each and every call ready to perform at our best and we study our opponent day in and day out. Do we evaluate our ...

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“ACCOMPLISHMENTS BEFORE PINNING”

It’s not just in the fire service: It’s everywhere! We visit fire stations, talk to those around the country, and read about them every day. “This guy has a lot to offer” “She’s going to turn this department around” “He has 3 college degrees”. Everywhere you look there are people that are making outrageous claims of future success without any ...

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What kind of relationships do you have with your brothers?

As many of you know, I’m a firefighter. I spend a considerable amount of time studying my craft and training for it. It’s a career that requires students and mentors. I’m blessed to be both. I’ve had some great conversations lately with my Brothers and Sisters. I usually mention to them what I believe this profession is all about. Contrary ...

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Fifty-Five Traits To Be Successful When Wearing The White Helmet

1.Great coaches promote shared ownership and internal leadership. They create a ‘team’ attitude. 2.Great coaches have their players keep a notebook with plays, motivational quotes, and facts about the program’s history. 3.Great coaches are teachers at their most fundamental level. They teach firefighting; they teach life lessons. 4.Great coaches love the business; respect the business. 5.Great coaches work on their ...

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“Hurricane of Egos and Failure”

“Hurricane of Egos and Failure” Here we go again, talking about egos and the fire service…blah, blah, blah, blah! I know it’s quite disturbing right? But why do so many of us have to bring it up…seemingly on a weekly basis? Interestingly enough, I had a conversation on the phone tonight with a friend of mine, discussing some issues that ...

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Wearing the white helmet-“Who are You”

“Who are You” The road to success can be a long and winding road of trials and tribulations. The trials of everyday business can be rewarding at times, but can also emphasis our failures. We often struggle to bind the large pieces of the pie together, without focusing on the small pieces first. After many years of chasing our dreams ...

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Do we place our entire trust in trust?

Do we place our entire trust in trust? I don’t think so. Here is my take on it… Trust is important in the Fire Service. In fact trust is important in any circumstance where it applies. In a workplace, a relationship, a partnership or family. But trust is no more important than many other attributes that should be present in these ...

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