It is easy to focus on unfairness.

February 3, 2021 Peer Powered Performance  No comments

It is easy to focus on unfairness.
In 2015 we were fired by bullies, my dad died of a heart attack, we had to say goodbye to our kitty and I was diagnosed with cancer.  All in a matter of months.  Trust me I was seriously peeved.  But the only person I was hurting was me.  Once I learned the lessons I share in this class I became stronger, happier and a far greater teacher than I have ever been before.  I learned because I had to learn...

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Stress Rescue: The New Science of Rational Resilience™

February 3, 2021 Peer Powered Performance  No comments

Stress Rescue: The New Science of Rational Resilience™

This article was written for members of our firefighting community but the principles apply to anyone who would like to reduce the influence of stress on their own lives as well as those they lead.

Remember when you didn’t worry about storing turnout gear, and smelling like smoke was a badge of honor?
That was before we learned the alphabet soup of carcinogens packed in every plume permeating every pore?

List of cancerous chemicals in smoke

Toxicity comes not just from what we breath and touch but, how our experiences touch...

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Does Altruism’s Influence Honesty?

February 3, 2021 Association InsightsEmotional IntelligenceGreen SolutionsPeer Powered Performance  No comments

As we are inundated with yet another story of “Moral Flexibility” it seems appropriate to reexamine the characteristics of our own cultures.  Let’s begin with nine simple questions.

Which of these characteristics exemplify your team?

  1. Altruisitic intent is No get out of Jail card for bad board behaviorStrong group cohesion

  2. Close personal connections

  3. Self-policing

  4. Robust privacy policy

  5. High organizational esteem

  6. Internal locus

  7. Flexible metrics

  8. Subjective operational assessment

  9. Altruistic Intentions

If your team exhibits these characteristics, y...

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Energized by Inclusion

March 1, 2016 Affective LeadershipEmotional IntelligencePeer Powered PerformancePositive Deviance  No comments

Judge Hammer

Old school leaders aspire to the belief that
“he who holds the knowledge, holds the power

  The new paradigm is he who holds the knowledge,
and doesn’t share it, is probably guilty.

blank scoreboardWe would never consider a sporting event without goals, displaying confusing scoreboards or faceless time clocks.  Instead feedback is immediate, concise, compelling, and consistently understood by everyone both in the game and on the sidelines.

goal posts In contrast, many work environments are inundated with ambigui...

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Peer Powered Board Meetings

February 29, 2016 Affective LeadershipAssociation InsightsEmotional IntelligencePeer Powered PerformanceSocial SmartsSpirit at WorkTopicsTraining  No comments

Board member pretending he is the master of the universe

The biggest threat to nonprofits is not declining membership, meeting attendance or sponsorship.
It is not limitations in volunteers, time or money, but a shortage of “Creative Democracy”.

group blameThere are few things more daunting than trying to run a CREATIVE board meeting.  Partisan politics, positioning, personal priorities and the occasional ego often bring progress to a standstill.  It is easy to get caught up in the illusion that these are people problems.

These are not problems of ill int...

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