​​​​John James

John James

John James

Home

Russellville, Alabama

Then

Fire/EMS/Emergency Mgmt

Now

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Quote

"Make a decision and put it in place ..."


Why they're a Crisis Leader:

John James is the reason that this interview project even exists.

After reading my first book, he suggested that there are people that would benefit from hearing more about what goes on in the mind of Crisis Leaders.

John was my first interview, and he blew my socks off with his stories about what he relied on to lead during a deadly disaster in his jurisdiction.

Besides his lifetime of selfless public service, John is a Crisis Leader because he makes decisions and takes action while others are stifled by a pursuit of perfection.

I'm inspired by John's attitude about leadership, and you will be too.


#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:

  • Maintain a state of readiness so you can take action when needed.
  • Make decisions and rely on a process, but also re-evaluate and adjust if needed.
  • When leading, clearly state your expectations, including to those with a higher rank.
  • An imperfect process is better than no process at all.
  • Seek out a mentor.

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