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No Exceptions Leadership: The Leadership Handbook

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The book is available and is a compilation of posts from The New Fire Officer all wrapped into one. With quick and simple leadership ideas and anecdotes, this book is a great reference book for aspiring and current fire officers and leaders. It is unrefined and straightforward with its content. You can get the book […]

Leaders Build Strong Teams

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Building Teams for Leaders: It’s the Basics Any leader that is successful understands that he cannot do it alone.  The good leaders are well prepared and adept at building teams, especially building teams with future leaders.  Just one of the definitions of leadership states that leaders have the ability to get others to do things […]

5 Week Company Officer Development Program: V2.0 –Online

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  Get registered now for the next, updated 5 week company officer development program. The new and updated Company Officer Development program is ready and up for registrations. The class will start on September 5, 2016. Click the link to register and the class is still $150. Or scan the QR code attached to register. […]

Setting Expectations: Part 1

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  This podcast addresses only three components of setting expectations for your members. It is really one of the most important things you need to do as a newly promoted officer, or if you are trying to gain control of a division, shift or crew. If they don’t know what’s expected, it’s impossible for you […]

Take the High Road: No Gossip Allowed!

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This episode discusses the harm and challenges associated with speaking out of turn and partaking in the gossip that can be so ever prevalent. Take the high road, don’t participate and get all of the facts before speaking about something or someone. It can be harmful to the person being talked about and to your […]

5 Common Mistakes New Officers Make: Video and Podcast

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Here is a video of a recent FREE webinar about five common mistakes that new fire officers tend make. These are by no means exclusive, but from my experience are committed by many new officers. -Don’t try to change the world -Don’t have an authority complex -Don’t micromanage -Don’t be a quitter -Don’t avoid discipline […]

Basics of Bailout: Podcast

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Bailout is a last option for us when things go bad. We can do all of the right things and still find ourselves in trouble. It doesn’t and won’t happen often when we train and operate in standard manners, but we have to be prepared. This podcast discusses some basic concepts that we at Engine […]

For the Good of the Group: Podcast

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  This episode discusses our intentions and how, as leaders and fire officers, we need to put the group ahead of ourselves. Servant leadership is real and it makes a difference in your relationships and effectiveness as a leader. I have four basic priorities for myself and my members when on duty and in this […]

FREE Webinar: “Five Most Common Mistakes New Fire Officers Make”

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  Please register for “Five Most Common Mistakes New Officers Make” on Mar 25, 2016 1:00 PM CDT at: Register HERE! New fire officers make some very common mistakes when first taking the helm. This webinar will address each challenge and offer ways to avoid making them when you get promoted. Or, if you are […]

Battalion Chief Officer Development Program: May 2, 2016

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This class is one I’ve been asked about since rolling out the Company Officer Development Program we’ve been doing for almost two years with great success. The Battalion Chief version is the same format but it is six weeks instead of five and it focuses on issues OFF of the fire ground. Check it out, […]

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