I have spent much of the past few weeks training fireservice leaders through programs presented by SBM Fire Department and by Gasaway ConsultingGroup. These have been 3-hour sessions addressing multiple audiences. The concentrated repetition of topics, together with the diverse audiences (many departments, all levels of experience) have stimulated some new ideas, and challenged me
Treasured readers, I spent last Friday presenting an ethics seminar to a room full of fire inspectors at the Institute for Building Officials at the University of Minnesota. We had a lively discussion (banishing my greatest fear: eight hours of silent staring), which included some interesting themes about ongoing improvement and the need to stay
Back in ought six (I couldn’t resist), Emy Johnson was looking for a way to teach the power of generosity to her children, ages five and eight. She and her husband Scott wanted to do something different, something special, to connect their family to others beyond their comfortable suburban neighborhood, and to make service a
This afternoon I’ll be presenting to the Minnesota Recreation and Parks Association Conference 2011, entitles “Back to our Future.” This is a fascinating group: people who are in essence dedicated to providing services that enhance lives and communities. At the same time, most members are public employees and all are feeling the obvious economic stresses
“For God’s sake, let us sit upon the ground And tell sad stories of the death of kings.” – Shakespeare, “The Life and Death of Richard the Second.” This past week, I learned that a friend and mentor, Christian Bredo Berghoff, passed away in April. Our world is slightly darker without Chris, and I wish to
Treasured Readers, This morning I had the pleasure of presenting to the Saint Paul Chapter of SCORE, the Service Corps of Retired Executives. Members are seasoned business people and professionals who share their time and expertise to help emerging business leaders. In doing so, these volunteers contribute to the vitality of our communities. They help
Treasured Readers, Last week I joined my elder son at the Tomahawk Scout Reservation, where he spent a week surrounded by great natural beauty, learning jokes about bodily functions. He’s 11 years old; it was heaven. I slipped our drycleaner an extra fiver to do what she could about the smell of his sleeping bag,
Strangers are contacting Ethical Leaders in Action to inquire about our services. The phone rings; emails come in from the Website. I am not surprised by this, but neither do I take it for granted. As anyone in business knows, marketing and sales is real work. So is building an enterprise. This particular enterprise, ELA,
This week marked our final session with the Metro Fire Chief Officers Association (MFCOA). We had a rich discussion, looking at some of the core challenges facing both chief and line officers: bringing out the best in our people. Central to this discussion was the work of Daniel H. Pink, from his most recent book, Drive.
A simple concept that helps people build understanding and promote collaboration in organizations.