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Fire Chiefs Share How to Lead in a Crisis

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Last week, I had the honor of keynoting the annual Executive Fire Officer Program graduate symposium sponsored by the U.S. Fire Administration.  One of the things I sometimes do is ask members of my audience what they think about an important question and then share their answers with you.  Since I was speaking to an audience of fire department chiefs from across the United States, I thought that this was a perfect group to ask for advice on how to lead in a crisis.  Seems like a timely topic.  After all, what leader hasn’t been doing some crisis management lately?

These folks had some terrific stories and wisdom to share.  Some of the highlights include:

What the chief of the Boca Raton, Florida fire department learned from leading the response to the 2001 anthrax attacks on the headquarters of American Media International in his city.

  • The relationship between trusting your team and staying calm in a crisis.
  • How preparation and risk assessment can get you ready for the unexpected.
  • Why it’s important to take a step back when a crisis begins.
  • How to project confidence in a tough situation.

Want to learn more from the experts in crisis management and leadership?  I captured it all with my trusty Flip video camera and you can see it all in 4½  minutes by clicking on the You Tube screen below.


Let these people know what hit home with you by leaving a comment.  Do you have some crisis leadership tips of your own?  Share them here so others can learn from your experience.

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