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Teams Are What Teams Do

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Despite our best efforts and intentions, sometimes we make mistakes in our approach as business owners, managers, coaches or parents.  The most telling of these management mistakes is when we allow a gap between what is said and what is done.  In all of the years I’ve studied human behavior as it relates to performance, […]

Helping those with Functional Needs during a Disaster

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Folks with functional needs have been historically under-served before a disaster strikes (think:  “notice event” like a hurricane versus a “no-notice” event like an explosion).  As a result, a disproportionate amount of effort must be taken to evacuate them to a better place after the disaster strikes.  During virtually every large hurricane in the last […]

Flying High … Learning from Space Shuttle Disaster Tragedy

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FBI agent:  “Which direction are those huge hog prints headed?”Me:  “Looks like we are headed to the same place they are, did you bring your bullet?” (trying to channel Andy Griffin speaking to Barney Fife instead of expressing my growing safety concern).FBI Agent:  (After evaluating my 2″ diameter oak branch I selected to protect me […]

Context and Pizza Pie

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Chevron pizza ‘scandal’ isn’t one in small townA worker was killed recently as a result of a natural gas well explosion in a small Pennsylvania town of 750 people.  The well was operated by Chevron and in the aftermath of the explosion, Chevron delivered vouchers for free pizzas (from a local pizza joint) to each […]

Preparedness in America

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“Be Prepared “~ Baden Powell (founder of the Boy Scouts of America)”Semper Paratus” ~ motto of the United State’s Coast Guard (means “ever ready”)”Wear clean underwear in case you’re in an accident” ~MomWe’ve been hearing about preparedness for a long, long time haven’t we?  Yet very few us are actually prepared for very much at all it […]

Service Above Self

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“I believe that rendering of useful service is the common duty of mankind and that only in the purifying fire of sacrifice is the dross of selfishness consumed and the greatness of the human soul set free.”~John D. Rockefeller, Jr. (Service is #8 of his family’s 10 principles that he shared with the United Services […]

Refuse the Refuse…3 Steps to Better Training

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Personally I am always ready to learn, although I do not always like being taught. ~ Winston ChurchillOur language is a fragile thang, er I mean thing.In the epitomous 21 Reasons Why the English Language is Hard to Learn we are reminded that it is a small miracle that we can ever convey even the simplest […]

Be Specific, Generally. Are you a Specialist or Generalist?

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The only meaningful definition of a “generalist” is a specialist who can relate his own small area to the universe of knowledge.~Peter DruckerAre you a specialist or generalist?  Does it matter?In the world of disaster response, we operate under a heavy but necessary burden of credentialing.  Our training – which can be voluminous – ends with […]

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