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Eulogies

Sun, 25 Jun 2017 15:52:31 +0000

For those of you who knew him, and those who didn’t get the chance, my father, Chuck Mayers, passed away a few weeks ago. Fortunately, I got to see him before he left us.  However, I realized upon seeing him, his condition was not one in which he’d have desired to remain in. The prognosis […]



Transitions

Wed, 31 May 2017 23:12:23 +0000

I’m retiring. I said it a while back and the day is upon me. It’s only one thing I am retiring from, the job I have worked at for three and a half decades, but in that time I have seen a lot. I will continue doing other things, but that’s not what I wanted […]



Compassionate Leadership

Sat, 20 May 2017 15:51:08 +0000

I was reviewing an article on Forbes.com about compassionate leadership today. While I tend to resist what is “trendy” regarding leadership, the traits that author Margie Warrell shares as a best practice are really time-tested ones. Her article points out that mindful and compassionate leadership actually expands your own creativity, memory, and attention, and decreases stress. […]



Real World Leadership

Sat, 13 May 2017 16:46:35 +0000

A zen saying goes roughly like this: “The use of the wheel is where all the spokes form to make the hole.” Another: “The most useful part of a bowl is the empty space within.”  As a leader, my role hasn’t been to necessarily build things, but to facilitate the best in the people I […]



Ending or Beginning?

Sat, 06 May 2017 17:03:44 +0000

I was given an opportunity to retire after 35 years on the job and pursue some new challenges. “Retirement” is nebulous to me.  All that term means right now is closing this chapter and moving to the next. But the timing is such that I found myself questioning, “When do I really pull the trigger?” […]



Just Be Brave

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 01:19:56 +0000

What is bravery? As a firefighter, we understand that our first act of bravery is accepting the authority and responsibility of the badge, and everything after that is just part of the job. We serve as role models to our community because our watchwords are “integrity”, “honor”, and “selflessness”. In these times where self-centeredness seems […]



Thirty-Five

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 19:30:10 +0000

This year makes thirty-five that I have been a career firefighter and thirty-seven since I first walked into a firehouse as a member. That doesn’t take into account the years I spent growing up in the business, with my father, uncles, grandfather, etc. all serving in various roles and departments. I was asked the other […]



Seeking Better Answers – Introspection and Listening

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 13:09:06 +0000

Heuristics are valuable in permitting us to make quick decisions. In 2005, Malcolm Gladwell (in his best seller, Blink) described this ability as being a very powerful tool in decision making.  If we can trust that the information is reliable, we can act on it with some certainty.  Conversely, acting on information when we lack […]



Jeep Wave

Sun, 25 Sep 2016 16:27:21 +0000

I own a Jeep and there is a tradition among Jeep owners to wave to one another when we pass each other on the highway.  I don’t know many of these people, if any at all, but what brings us together is a love for a vehicle in which many of us express our lifestyle.  Mine […]



Ethics

Sat, 23 Apr 2016 18:56:50 +0000

As leaders, we face ethical challenges every day.  Ethical frameworks exist to provide some systematic approach to govern decisions.  While the study of ethics frames this question in “How should we live our lives?”, I want to examine right now the “What am I going to do?” question, especially as it relates to the individual in a company leadership […]