The Dance of the Company Officer
We start out this week by pointing to one of my “favoritest” partner bloggers at FireEMSblogs, Mick Mayers of FirehouseZen.
You know, I really enjoy the dance that occurs between the top and the bottom in the fire service organization. At the top, the vision and direction of the group are put into play. Those at the bottom need to accept, or buy into that vision in order for the group to move forward in a unified and cohesive manner.
In the middle we find the officers and supervisors. Their commitment to the success of the organization is demonstrated by the way they convey the direction and vision from the top to their subordinates. If they are effective, the organization becomes a well-oiled machine. However if they don’t buy into the message, there is little hope for their subordinates to do the same.
This is where the officer needs to be able to put the needs of the organization ahead of the need to be pals with their guys. This is one of the most difficult issues facing company officers.
Therein lies the dance.
“Regardless of your organization, you are going to have personnel who are resistant to change, and while the troops may or may not decide to go willingly, it is a requirement that your officers or supervisors are. If your small unit leaders aren’t on board, don’t count on the personnel they supervise joining in to resist them. It will be much easier on those troops if they can get along with their misdirected officer than if they embrace the change, so you can count on the message not getting through when it is most needed.”
Read his post as there is much more on this topic that is important for all your officers to understand.
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Speaking of videos, here’s some dessert for making it this far in the 360 Burn today. This came to me courtesy of a tweet from our friend Chester Kopco, AKA FatherCabbage on the twitters. It reminds me of someone I know. Howabout you?
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- Got a bad attitude? Do us all a favor and call in sick. – January 30, 2013