​​​​Jimmy Kane

Jimmy Kane

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New Hyde Park, Long Island, NY

Then

Lieutenant; Fire Dept New York (FDNY)

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Deputy Chief; Fire Dept New York (FDNY) (Ret)

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"Take time to save time ..."


Why they're a Crisis Leader:

In his career, Jimmy Kane rose to one of the highest ranks in one of the world’s largest fire departments, FDNY (Fire Department New York). And not by accident.

His insights and instincts for how to lead effectively provide an outstanding road map for anyone interested in improving their leadership acumen.

As a crisis leader, his career included earning a spot as a team leader on a team of other leaders, the FDNY’s Incident Management team.

Like nearly every highly capable leader I spoke with, Jimmy is personable and communicative without losing their effectiveness.

There’s no doubt that the FDNY is a better department because of Jimmy being there just as there’s no doubt we will all be better leaders by embracing Jimmy’s lessons.


#1 "What is a Crisis Leader?"

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#2 "What's an example when you relied on your own Crisis Leadership?"

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#3 "What do you know now that you wish you knew then?"

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#4 "What advice would you give someone who wants to improve their own Crisis Leadership?"

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#5 "Who is a Crisis Leader that influenced your career?"

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Key Takeaways:

  • Don’t take things personally
  • Be calm, even-tempered and keep your emotions in check
  • Be courageous, decisive and look at the big picture
  • Listen to others, including those with an opposing view
  • Never make a promise you can’t keep
  • Always protect your people, including from themselves
  • Risk a lot to save a lot
  • Make decisions based on what’s best for everybody not just yourself
  • Stay focused on the big picture
  • Visualize what the end stage should look like
  • Do your best to solve the problem even if you didn’t create it
  • Taking time saves time
  • Do not be afraid to make a decision
  • A bad decision is better than inaction
  • Communicate clearly in all directions
  • Don't be afraid to be the boss
  • A crisis is not the time to establish your leadership

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