Leadership
Written by Les Karpluk and Lyle Quan
Although Les and I have known each other for only about 10 years, we have the same passion and drive to make things better; this became clear during our university studies and joint speaking engagements, and is evident today in our leadership columns.
Written by Les Karpluk and Lyle Quan
Our intention has always been to bring forward ideas that stimulate readers to think about leadership from a new perspective.
Written by Tom Bremner
Over the last decade the fire service has addressed the same issues over and over. Many of these issues have been around for years – health and wellness, budgeting, safety, inter-agency communication, recruiting, a creative yet realistic future vision.
Written by Timothy Pley
We have all experienced the frustration of identifying a need for change or improvement, but not having the rank or authority to make that change.
Written by Lyle Quan
Books can help shape who we are, prompt us to re-evaluate what we stand for, and make us consider how we can become better at what we do.
Written by Les Karpluk and Lyle Quan
We have written several columns related to succession planning and mentoring, but we fear that some chief officers still don’t understand or embrace what we are trying to promote (and practise) in our departments,
Written by Les Karpluk and Lyle Quan
Peter Parker said, “With great power comes great responsibility. Yes, folks, great power does indeed come with great responsibility and this must be etched in the minds of up-and-coming leaders.
Written by Lyle Quan
Since my last column on building high-performing teams, I have not only been invited to talk on this topic at several conferences, I have also been doing quite a bit of research about teamwork and the role leaders play in developing their groups to their potential.
Written by Tom Bremner
Does everything we in the fire service do and say hit the streets? It sure seems that way. Is there such a thing as a secret, or confidentiality?
Written by Les Karpluk and Lyle Quan
Conversations about leadership often revolve around senior fire department staff and how they encourage colleagues to become part of strong teams or part of the team working on a department project.
Written by Les Karpluk and Lyle Quan
In a well-known movie that is based on a comic book, which is based on Greek mythology, Morpheus offers a blue pill and a red pill to the movie’s main character, Neo.
Written by Les Karpluk and Lyle Quan
First and foremost, we want to acknowledge that the fire service is an important part of any community.
Written by Lyle Quan
I was invited to speak at the Ontario Association of Fire Chiefs conference in Toronto in May about how to develop a cohesive and high-performing team.
Written by Tom Bremner
Who can really make a difference?
Written by Les Karpluk and Lyle Quan
To continue with our theme of surviving the chaos in today’s fire service, let’s discuss how other leaders have dealt with and survived chaotic times.
Written by Lyle Quan
Over the years, I have recommended numerous books on topics ranging from leadership, to risk management to embracing uncertainty.
Written by Les Karpluk and Lyle Quan
Our columns for 2012 will focus on how to survive the chaos in today’s fire service. We define chaos as unpredictability in the behaviour of a complex profession that can lead to confusion among employees.
Written by Lyle Quan
I have had the pleasure of speaking to fire and safety organizations on the topics of leadership, change management and risk management.
Written by Laura King
Fire Fighting in Canada has been following the court proceedings against the Meaford & District Fire Department and the municipality of Meaford, Ont.,
Written by Les Karpluk, Lyle Quan
The Canadian Association of Fire Chiefs conference in Calgary in September was more than just a learning experience; it was also an opportunity to network with our peers to see how things are going in their departments.

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