Tag Archives: #ChiefCline

Mentoring, for a better future…

Webster’s dictionary tells us that a mentor is, ‘an experienced and trusted adviser.’ Mindtools.com describes mentoring as, “ an essential leadership skill. In addition to managing and motivating people, it’s important that you help others learn, grow, and become more effective in their jobs.” So the questions are, do you have a mentor and are you being a mentor? Neither ...

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Motivation from The Bull

Hooligans, especially our younger or aspiring firefighters, lend me your ear for a moment as I share a little advice. Remember the movie Backdraft? Of course you do, we all do right? The movie gave us so many great lines that we can recite at the right moment when they fit our own situations. “You go, we go!”, “I was ...

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Want your kid to be a firefighter?

I was recently at a dinner party with several of my wife’s co-workers (veterinarian pharmaceuticals). Several of the guys (all veterinarians) were standing outside and reminiscing about their days in vet school and early days in veterinary practice. The conversation between them got around to, “Would you encourage your kids to become veterinarians?” It was interesting to hear them say ...

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Are We Doomed?

Are we doomed? Is the fire service as we know it, or think we know it, over? I entered the fire service as a young man, as in still a teenager. I was hired as a career firefighter at the age of 21. In my early years as a volunteer, I was obviously mentored by older members. When I became ...

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Are You Ready For The Click?

A race horse does not lunge out of the gate when it opens, it pushes forward at the click of the latch that holds the gates closed. A good duck hunting dog is calm and relaxed in the duck blind, until it hears the click of his master taking the safety off the shotgun. Both beautiful animals know it is ...

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What’s Your Game Plan?

There is not a sport in the world where athletes enter the arena without a plan. In the realm of team sports a plan is essential. A coach does not throw the team a ball and say, “Do your best!” Success in sports requires athletes to understand the fundamentals, practice the various skills of the game until mastery, then develop ...

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