"Making a difference, Presence, Passion & coached Practice" 3 P's
"Honor and respect need humility to be sincere"
"As a boy, my father would say, "son that is stupid". We don't need to discuss it any further"
Your legend is to your reputation as your tombstone is to your current address
"Organizations: You can't have honesty without amnesty"
"Four groups of fire analysis: Detect, Define, Access, Favorably Influence fire behavior, Sprinklers can do all 4"
Four addiction dangers for Leaders - EGO, Money, Affirmation & Admiration, these often become out of control addictions. Watch Out
"Obsessive behavior is often overlooked in history, but not daily effectiveness, Be careful not confuse passion with it"
"Management - don't confuse process improvement with Bench-marking other departments. Study how to benchmark a process. Copying is not bench marking"
"If you can't count it, you can't measure it,
If you can't measure it, you can't manage it,
If you can't manage it , you can't improve it,
If you can't improve it, it will eventually hurt you!"
"Personal Freedom, Values in the Constitution, and the Human behaviors in our fire service; Ensure the system has knowledge & support of the psychology of Teams in the system"
"We can’t apply what we don’t know! Lack of knowledge enhances fear! We will not seek what we fear!"
"Leadership - Collective Organizational Wisdom must be accessed and continuously processed into the team's excellence"
"Fire - Tactics - Learn continuously,choose wisely, train constantly, resource appropriately, execute flawlessly, stay vigilantly aware, predict correctly, favorably influence outcomes, count the important variables, Improve every day"
"Leadership - Drive out fear in your organization, start with not creating new fear"
"Leadership - If the firefighter goes in front of the stream, then he / she would be considered fuel from the fire perspective"
"Leadership - our greatness if often defined by our willingness (lack of fear) to include others and their ideas"
"Management- Methods, Machines, People, Measures, Environment are backbone categories of causes of errors. Look for common variables"
"Management - my motto is to first tighten the range and then attempt to move the mean"
"There are four systems of an organization for leading, managing, and doing excellence. These are Leadership, Management, Service/Product Delivery and the underpinning system of Organizational Wisdom."
"As a leader of a Fire Department, I never gave away my ownership or accountability of Safety, Definition of Nice, or Customer Service"
"From my father when I would to forget an instruction.."son, what you don't have in your head, you will have in your feet". This has turned out to be a great definition of "rework"
"From my child hood on laziness "when you stand there son, at least stand in a strain"
"Dad's take on being knocked down "get up, stand up straight", the get up is a normal instruction, I was an old man before I realized the critical part of "stand up straight". Regaining my integrity when I stood up straight"
Management Responsibility - 'Say what you are going to do
Write it down
Do what we say
Call early if we can't
Listen and keep score
Improve what our data tells us to improve
"We act out our vision by delivering our mission inside our values"
"Just be nice"
"Roles out perform rank"
"Replace fast with professionally quick"
"Our Values determine the quality of our relationships"
"Don't force your organization to lie to you"
"You can't have honesty without amnesty"
"Don't benchmark a fantasy"
"Get up, stand up straight"
"Most fear is built upon propaganda"
"Do not let my expectations of others disarm me or render me ineffective"
"Re-thinking the same thought repetitively without considering an action is a sane man's insanity'
"I have never been good at love, only forgiveness"
"caught, not taught" AJS
"Tighten the range first, then attempt to move the mean"
"Most of what leaders assign to luck is simply a wider variance than they are managing"
"Special cause or Common cause, most managers don't care"
"The 'dash' between the years on the tombstone represents everything else in our lives"
Most measures are very dangerous to the stability of the organization unless they are statistically
Complexity can be explained by the outcome's relationship to the number of critical variables, their interaction, the speed of the interaction, the amount of variance in each and the reaction to their environment. In other words complexity is at its basic form "Relationships, human and material"
Looking an answer up on the web is first step to understanding, not the last step!
There is a significant chance that the quickest answer is not the complete answer.
Bad information hides under the cover of lots of information
Free is fast, but........
The problem in understanding my stupidity is I am not smart enough? :) :)
I often prevent myself from learning a new paradigm due to my illusion of how I think it really works?
An observation of an event is often translated as "fact", so is a magic show.
Most arguments of a technical nature find the best answer as "it depends"
"I think you are incorrect, or I am short of the learning necessary to agree with you"
Luck is not a plan, nor is hope a strategy
Indecisiveness is only out performed with procrastination
Waiting for the tragedy to occur is a common failure of leadership
Evil is the absence of any divine love. God accounts us for any evil. Man's law accounts for the wrongs against man's law. Our Love is what directs us in the protection of others from evil