Quick Clip: How to lead through open communication
Chief Wylie and Lt. Duckworth discuss the recent string of “no confidence” votes in fire chief’s across multiple states and departments
In this week’s quick clip, Chief Rob Wylie and Lt. Rom Duckworth discuss the recent string of “no confidence” votes in fire chief’s across multiple states and departments.
“Very often, I see chief’s blindsided by these things,” Chief Wylie said. “There was a study that came out that said the average tenure for a career fire chief in the United States is about five years. That’s about as long enough to find out what keys go in which locks. You turn around and say to yourself, ‘Who in their right mind would put in for that position?’”
Lt. Duckworth said the key to solving the issue is keeping open communication.
“You have to sit down and meet with someone face-to-face,” Lt. Duckworth said. “You won’t be able to solve every problem, but you will be making forward progess and bringing the department up a notch instead of down a notch.”
Stay tuned for the full Command Post podcast to premiere tomorrow.