Category Archives: Leadership

Can Vulnerability Make Us Safer?

Above: Fire in a fallen snag, West Stewart fire, Colorado 2016. (Note: This blog entry was originally written for and published on October 25th over on the Wildland Fire Leadership Development blog. I’ve made a few minor edits for typos … Continue reading

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Trust and Empathy

I often listen to podcasts when I fly commercial, as I’m not really one for conversations with the stranger sitting next to me on a long flight.  One of my favorite podcasts is NPR’s Ted Radio Hour, which weaves together clips … Continue reading

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The value of facing irrational fears

For years I’ve known that I’m one of those folks with irrational test anxiety. I say irrational because I’m typically over-prepared for any kind of test I take, whether a written academic exam or an evaluation of physical skills. Usually … Continue reading

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Wildland Fire, Leadership, and being a Jack of all trades

Above:  Fire in the mountains of central Wyoming, 2012. As I was driving home from work the other day, mentally running through the events of the week, it dawned on me that over the course of my fire career I’ve … Continue reading

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Gateway books part 1, Fire on the Mountain

Above:  Watt Draw fire IA, Custer NF/Miles City FO, 2006. I’ve been thinking a lot recently about the books that have inspired me throughout my career, and I think I’ve found a few that have influenced me the most.  The next … Continue reading

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How to lead from a cubicle (and other odd places)

Wildland Firefighter Memorial at NIFC in Boise, ID One of my favorite leadership quotes goes something like “if you think you’re leading but no one is following, you’re just going for a walk.”  While it’s got that great punchy character … Continue reading

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Storytelling

A few days ago the Wildland Fire Leadership Development Program posted a question about storytelling on their Facebook page, and that kick started my thought process about the topic. Let me start off by saying I love good storytelling, especially … Continue reading

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