All Posts by Mike McKenna

Unfortunately, interoperability is a myth

FF Communication

Interoperability? The concept refers to disparate systems working together, sharing information, etc. Except that it’s all a myth. Like the Sasquatch, healthy Girl Scout cookies and honest politicians. Pure fiction. There’s even standing government committee’s that have been pursuing this fictional condition for years (and lots of our money spent!)! EXAMPLE: In November 2016 there […]

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How to Improve Responder Safety Margins

Responder Safety

If you’re a responder, you’ve likely been on the receiving end of a fair amount of bludgeoning by Safety briefings, Safety Power Points, Safety reminders, etc. by the double-gloved hand of the Safety Nazi. Of course, we understand the importance of not getting ourselves hurt. In a disaster, it adds another victim to an already sizable […]

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The 2 Answers Every Leader Must Know


If you’re of my ‘vintage’ (born in the late 60’s) you may remember the catchy Budweiser beer commercial that chanted “Why Ask Why? Try Bud Dry!” That slogan / ear worm runs through my mind when I think about today’s topic: “WHY”. (Sorry if you thought I was going to riff about beer … perhaps […]

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Simplicity Rules

Saw this recently while researching different leadership ‘models’. “The practice of ***** requires one to embrace complexity.” Wow. Of course that’s not the first (nor the last) leadership model written by academics intended to reshape the way leadership is practiced. Clearly there are some awfully big brains out there with an opinion on how to […]

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The Future of Training

Future of Training

What’s the future of training?  How long will professional instructors be relevant in front of a classroom? One could argue (me included) that: the personal touch of classroom instructor has no equal. it’s blasphemy to even suggest that a computer can do a better job of educating tomorrow’s leaders than the flesh and blood of […]

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Requirements for Team Engagement

Team Engagement

When seeking great Team Engagement, we’ve heard it before. “Bring the passion!” “Have a purpose!” We hear the battle cries, yet one of the challenges of leaders I hear the most often is the lack of engagement among their Team. Lack of engagement with your Team – especially Millennials – has a couple of root […]

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Hello Meteor Strike? Meet our 4 step Business Continuity Plan

Does your business continuity plan address your organization being hit by a 10 ton meteorite travelling at 33,000 miles per hour?  Relax, no one else’s does either. Here’s a story that grabbed my attention: Meteorite explosion over Chelyabinsk Russia injures hundreds – Over 500 people hurt as aftershock damages buildings and jammed mobile networks spread panic.  Amazing video is […]

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Stop Micromanaging, Start Communicating

Start Communicating - Briefing and Debriefing

‘Communicating via micromanagement isn’t a personality flaw; it’s a breakdown in the fundamentals of delegation.’ In the Harvard Business Review article, “Why is Micromanagement so infectious?” the authors describe some reasons why and how micromanaging can spread into an organization’s culture.  And reduce our effectiveness at communicating. One of the reason’s they cite is due to […]

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Hungry for a … Content Sandwich?

  Picture this 2-part quandary: Delivering content to a diverse group of students (new v. experienced) material that is not over the heads of the new folks AND not too simple for the experienced folks. Delivering content to a folks that come from completely diverse fields. Such as: fire, law and EMS sitting next to […]

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