Written by E. David Hodgins
Leadership, attitude and about being a grown-up
Written by E. David Hodgins
Showing leadership from ‘within’ the box
Written by E. David Hodgins
Rookies are leaders too, so encourage them
Written by E. David Hodgins
During the past several years truckloads of papers have been written about leadership competencies and expectations associated with the command function required for emergency events. Retired Phoenix fire chief Al Brunacini was one of the first to write and lecture extensively on the need for a formal and structured process to guide decision-making on the fire ground.
Written by E. David Hodgins
I was invited by the Canadian Fallen Firefighters Foundation to be the keynote speaker for its fourth annual memorial service on Sept. 9 in Ottawa. The memorial was held on Parliament Hill, directly in front of the Centre Block and it was a resounding success.
Written by E. David Hodgins
This edition of Leadership Forum was created in collaboration with Dr. John Moffatt, who is a partner with Blackstock Moffatt Associates in Sherwood Park, Alta. Blackstock Moffatt Associates is a non-profit provider of leadership training and development services.
Written by Lyle Quan
The cornerstone of any vibrant and successful organization is its ability to build on the information it obtains through courses, seminars and networking with others. Like you, I enjoy reading and sharing the information found in the vast numbers of firefighting-related books and magazines that I receive and have accumulated along with information obtained from DVDs, videos, seminars and courses that we have all attended over the years.
Written by E. David Hodgins
Congratulations Fire Fighting in Canada! Here's to 50 years of dedicated and exceptional reader service. Fifty years ago, individuals of vision recognized the need to create a national voice for the fire service. That brought Fire Fighting in Canada into being.
Written by Barry Bouwsema
Leadership in the fire service is the ability to influence people towards the attainment of goals. The end result on the fireground may be “putting out the fire” but how we arrive at this destination is largely determined by the road we choose to travel.
Written by Barry Bouwsema
Shift officers or supervisors in the workplace today must have superior communication skills in order to lead effectively.  Being able to communicate with others is largely dependent upon how well we can listen to what others are communicating to us.
Written by E.David Hodgins
Researching this subject, I was surprised to learn bullying in the workplace is the most prevalent form of destructive behaviour covered by legislation, outranking sexual harassment and racial discrimination. Reports on workplace violence emphasize that physical and emotional violence is one of the most serious problems facing organizations.
Written by E. David Hodgins
Exchange programs that provide opportunities for fire fighters to switch jobs – and even houses – while working for a department in another country have become popular. Are these programs meaningful? The program promotional materials list several reasons why one should support a fire fighter exchange.
Written by Karin Mark with Fire Chief Len Garis
Initiated in August of 2003, the Attendance Management Program outlines a procedure for managing unsatisfactory staff attendance, using a series of progressive steps that includes letters, counselling and positive reinforcement. 
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