I’m reading a new book about creating better focus. do you happen to know the power of FOCUS?

Its incredible.

Follow One Course Until Successful

We are too distracted today. Being busy is not productive.

Emails are not meant to be opened immediately upon receiving them. Do you wait at your mailbox all day checking it to see if you have mail?

Social media was not intended to take away our social life.

The best way to combat all of this?

Do things in chunks.

So for email. Check it once, maybe twice a day if once isn’t enough. Use the 2-minute rule. If you can answer it or do it within 2 minutes, then do it. Otherwise, delete it or place on your to-do list with everything else.

For social media. Use that awesome feature on your phone that limits the amount of time you can be on those apps. When you get on them, do your thing, then get off. It’s like a time warp sometimes. They are addicting for a reason but we can beat it.

You can get more done in a couple of hours by focusing than you can all day letting distractions STEAL your time.

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Get Senior Guys to mentor the Junior Guys

We had a new member of our facebook group ask:

“How to motivate the more senior firefighters to train with the new guys”

I recorded a short video with my response HERE

Its my kelly week and I tied in a vacation day since my wifes friends are in town visiting. So now I’ve got 4 people telling me i’m loading the dishwasher wrong….haha just kidding.

I did get to catch up with a guy I used to work with back in the day in the suburbs of Chicago. It was nice catching up and comparing stories of both of our departments.

I almost forgot. I added a new feature in our facebook group to help get valuable info to people who are interested in it.

If you have not grabbed your copy of our free cheat sheet How to deal with the top 5 headaches that

come with a toxic team member. You can do so HERE and also check out our new chat bot feature.

Let me know what you think

– John
Brotherhood Coaching

Get Senior Guys to mentor the Junior Guys

Create Buy In…

I posted a question this week in our facebook group. It got quite a bit of attention.

I asked:

What is your department’s professional development plan for the line personnel?

You can check it out HERE.

A common way to get people to do things is to give them a directive.
Why? Because it’s easier.

A better way to achieve a goal is to give people an experience so they understand why they should do something.

This creates a “buy in”.

If I can’t get buy in from my crew than they wont do what I ask when i’m not there.

Thats not my goal.

True development comes from having an experience that gives a person that “aha” moment so they “get it”.

This is why I feel so strongly about having some type of development program established.

Give experiences to the people on your team.

As a leader, there is either something you are doing or not doing that is causing what your team does or does not do.

Create Buy In…

You Are Fired…..

We are busy today setting up for my daughters birthday party.

So i’ll keep this short and sweet.

I got word that my department fired a leadership coach that we hired earlier this year. We cut the contract short by 9 months.


He was unprofessional and rude.

His style was completely different than mine, so I was opening to where it would go.

After I heard how this person conducted themselves,

I was glad to see him go.

I am a big believer that you have to take care of yourself first then you cant take care of others.

A leader of one can be a leader of many, but if you can’t lead one you can’t lead any. – Frank Viscuso

The point is, make sure you are walking the talk first.

Talk is cheap.

Show me with your actions.

So get out there and set the right example.

Be sure to stay informed with the mistakes I make and lessons learned by subscribing to the podcast HERE.

You Are Fired…..

Predictable Is Preventble

I’m sure you’ve heard the phrase predictable is preventable before. Gordon Graham talks about it. He also discusses his high frequency low risk and low frequency high risk matrix.

So how do you put in place the predictable is preventable concept in your firehouse?

I try to foster an environment where complacency does not exist.
Its quite the challenge at times.

I just started a LODD report.

Some pushback was “well this is depressing”.
My response: “Yes, so lets learn from it so it doesnt happen to us”

LODD reports help make training personal.

When I first got started in the fire service, we trained heavily on drills developed from LODD.

I attribute this to the way I approach the job today.

So this is why I plan on doing a LODD report monthly with my crew.
My end goal is to eventually assign this task to a member of the crew each month.

But I must do it first a few times to work the bugs out and make it just another thing we do.

The last thing you want to do as a leader is to implement a process that doesn’t work.

Predictable Is Preventble

Recliner Cowboys & Missed Opportunities

We’ve had an exciting week at my firehouse over the last week. 

A chief let me know about some acquired structures we had access to. So on our facility day, thats where we went to pull some lines and work on some search inside the building. I found out later I wasn’t suppose to go there without letting him know first….oops sorry chief.

Anyways after the training, one of the guys new to my crew started getting into the drills. He later thanked me for putting it together.

FACT: Firefighters like doing firefighter things.

The next shift we caught a first due kitchen fire in an apartment on the second floor. We take a crew photo back at the firehouse. For those of you who saw it on my facebook page, my Nozzleman had the biggest smile on his face.

He got to do the job he signed up for and trains for.
Its comparable to a football player on game day. A spec ops soldier on a mission.

He even came in yesterday ready for round 2.

Well early this morning we got called to a neighboring department for a 3rd alarm warehouse fire. We sat in staging for awhile and my guys vented that they were tired of waiting and wanted to work. “We’re workers Capt, let us work”.

We got called into the scene and helped with some mop up of some hot spots.

So why have I shared this with you?

Our happiness comes from doing WORK.The WORK we signed up for.
Wether its training to do our job or actually doing our job.

The more we can practice our craft and actually do something, the more satisfaction we will have.

Its SCIENCE! ….. maybe haha

Anyways, dont be afraid to get your crew to get out there and sweat a little bit. Its actually just what MORALE needs.

Recliner Cowboys & Missed Opportunities

Do one thing every day that motivates you toward your goals

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Show Notes:

Challenge of the Week: Do 1 thing every day

Point #1: Success Swinging Singles
Focus on base hits

Point #2: Set your “base hit” for the day

Point #3: I read a book a month
Just 10 minutes a day

Next Action:

What’s something you’ve been putting off?

Set a due date. Break it down into monthly/weekly/daily tasks.

Do one task each day.

Done before you know it.

Do one thing every day that motivates you toward your goals

Fitness & Emotional Health

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Challenge of the Week: Fitness & Emotional Health

Point #1: Fitness

Point #2: Stress

Point #3: Increase your capacity
Take care of your body
Handle stress better

Next Action:

Observe your behavior over a week? What triggers you? How often?

Fitness & Emotional Health

Egos in the firehouse

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Show Notes:

Challenge of the Week: Egos in the firehouse

Point #1: What makes us great at this job is also a weakness
If you feel something is beneath you…ego
Its not your job….ego

Point #2: Poor leadership stems from Ego issues
No one person is greater than the team
Delegating needs to let the person see the task to completion

Point #3: Change….Impossible
Change happens when you do things differently
To get a different result, a different action must take place

Next Action:

Ego Boss: Kill with Kindness. Flank for success.

Ego Worker: Appeal to their strengths. Give ownership by giving them the responsibility to solve the issue they have.

Egos in the firehouse

My Morale Is My Problem

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Show Notes:

Challenge of the Week: My Morale Is My Problem

Point #1: Book
You’re life is the sum of the work you have done or havent done
Why I’m reading a book for women
Point #2: Have A Purpose
Our profession is based on purpose not profits
Having a purpose is having a mission to accomplish
Point #3: What You Focus On Is Where Your Energy Goes
Miserable Bosses
Disgruntled Workers

Next Action:

Spend the week appreciating what you have. Make a conscious effort to take responsibility for your attitude. Afterall, it belongs to you.

My Morale Is My Problem