THE MAGICIAN

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We all know that one person, don’t we? The one who was promoted to a leadership role when they have no leadership qualities whatsoever. They have said all the right things to the right people, done the bare minimum to get ahead, and now find themselves in a position of management over firefighters that know all to well who this person really is. My grandfather used to say “a snake cannot change its stripes, no matter how bad it may want you to think so.” You know this person’s true stripes and what type of character they reveal when the brass is not looking – or when the stress level is turned up.

This new officer may again say all the right things, but have they truly changed their stripes? Are they ready to put away their selfish and domineering agenda to become a true leader? It has been my experience that bad firefighters become bad leaders – until they themselves come to the realization that they must change. Unlike snakes, we can change our stripes, but it comes with a lot of hard work, constant education, and patience – patience because your subordinates will not trust you at first. You must lead by example and refrain from your old ways of ego-driven schemes and bully tactics.
How do you start? The first step is realizing you need to change for the betterment of the department and for your people – it’s not about you! Secondly, is to begin educating yourself on how to become the leader your people deserve. Read, attend seminars and leadership workshops, and practice what you’re preaching. Remember – credibility takes a long time to build but can be destroyed in an instant by selfish deeds and prideful motives. Third, share what you’re doing and pass along the information. You’re people will see you are trying to change and that you are willing to help them do the same. You do this for them, not you!

You may have performed a nifty trick to get promoted, but there’s no pixie dust shortcut for becoming a great leader. That snake will never magically turn into a fuzzy bunny without much work and dedication! You CAN change your stripes!

STAY FIRED UP!

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INFORMATION SUPERPOWER

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There’s no real power to having knowledge that you refuse to share with others. Regardless of your reasons, you are not smarter or empowered by what you know when it’s kept in your self-centered locked mind of superior denial. Knowledge only works when you use what you know to lift others, so they can in turn lift others, and so on…

If you know it, share it!

STAY FIRED UP!

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END THIS!

Where? When? How does this end? As an artist I am inclined to see the world through a critical lens and to create works of art that reflect my mood and opinions – but some days, days like today, that becomes overwhelming.

I have always wanted to change the world with my art. I thought I could do that as a syndicated political cartoonist (visions of wearing a mismatched suede jacket and fedora, bringing down corruption and spotlighting the misuse of Gov’t power with the tip of my pen), but the work I want to create is not the work papers want to publish. So, what does an artist do when he feels he’s beating his head against a brick wall hoping for a different result than a splitting headache and hopelessness of real change? There’s where I am!

The drawing table will see my pen today! What it will draw I still don’t know, but it will draw something. But until then, I feel the need to share these cartoons from last year. Sadly, they are still relevant!

PEACE. LOVE. TOLERANCE.

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THE HYDRATION PROCLAMATION

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Heat related illnesses can lead to countless issues including fatigue, nausea, disorientation, injury, and in extreme situations sudden cardiac events. It’s hot out there, brothers and sisters – so remember to hydrate and get that gear off as soon as possible.

STAY FIRED UP!

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