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Provide Some Leadership

A new book hit the stands that paints a poor picture of Donald Trump and his employees.    His employees were interviewed for the book and they describe a dysfunctional team.

One member states that him and others have had to take letters off the Presidents desk that would have actions that would put America in a bad way.

This is concerning in multiple ways.   First, it is concerning that president Trump was going to take actions that would put America at risk. It is unsettling that we were that close to taking dangerous actions.  Leadership is missing if this is the case.

Likewise, it is unsettling that president Trump’s team thinks that removing written action documents from the president’s desk is the best they can do.   Leadership is missing.

No job is worth doing bad things to the level that is described.  It is time that either president Trump or his team stand up and provide some leadership.

The King’s Speech – Who’s Your Lionel Logue

I was watching an award winning movie called “The King’s Speech” a couple days ago. It’s a movie about Britain’s King George VI and a problem he had. The King had a serious speech stammer.

Fortunately, the King was able to overcome the affliction with the help of an Australian speech therapist named Lionel Logue. Through Lionel’s help, instead of being a laughing stock to the public, the King was able to give an epic speech declaring war against Germany.

The movie has a number of messages. To me the strongest message is how one of the most famous people in history owed his greatness to a support person. So, who are those in your shadow?

Like most people, I’ve had many who’ve been in my shadow. But, I will tell you about just one, the most important one. I have known this person for many, many – many years.
We first met on a grade school playground in 1970. As a girl of fourteen she didn’t know then what a tremendous role she would play in my life. Her name is Rosalia, but most know her as Rosie – or, the Chief’s wife.

Rosie has always worked behind the scenes and has always been supportive of whatever was needed to bolster my career. Yet, she’s never had a title, never had a badge, and she’s never gotten any recognition other than that given by me. That this lack of recognition is okay with her is what makes what she does, and has done, even more special.

In the King’s speech to his people he talks of the “…mere primitive doctrine that might is right.” Those in the limelight are often in the “might.” But, you must not use your might un-rightly, nor should you fail to recognize those in your shadow – those who were instrumental in your success.

Have you recognized those people who’ve played an instrumental part in your life?
Another statement in King VI’s famous speech says, “For the sake of all that we ourselves hold dear, it is unthinkable that we should refuse to meet the challenge.” I say let us apply “the challenge” to recognizing those in your shadow.

Do it soon. Tomorrow – August 28th – might be a good day for some.

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Jimmy at the Bat

The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the SFD that day;
The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play.

And then when Sanchez died at first, and Johnson did the same,
A pall-like silence fell upon the patrons of the game.
A struggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to the hope which springs from CPR on the human breast;

They thought, “If only Jimmy could but get a whack at that-
We’d put up even money now, with Jimmy at the Bat.”
But Holston preceded Jimmy, as did also Clare Howard.

And the former was an Inspector, while the latter was a Lieutenant.
So, upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat;
For there seemed to but little chance of Jimmy getting to the bat.

But Holston let drive a single, to the wonderment of all,
And Howard, the much despised, tore the cover off the ball;
And when the dust had lifted, and firefighters saw what had occurred,

There was fleet-footed Clare safe at second and Holston a-hugging third.
Then from seventeen drunken throats and more there rose a lusty yell;
It rumbled off the roof of station 2, it rattled the old fire bell;
It pounded off Indian Rock Hill and recoiled upon the flat,
For Jimmy, mighty Jimmy, was advancing to the bat.

There was ease in Jimmy’s Incident Command style manner as he stepped into his place;

There was EMT pride in Jimmy’s bearing and a smile lit Jimmy’s face.
And when, responding to the cheers, he lightly doffed his hat,
No stranger in crowd could doubt ‘twas Jimmy at the bat.

Thirty-four blood shot eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt.
Seventeen tongues applauded when he wiped them on this shirt.
Then while the Salina PD pitcher ground the ball into his hip,

Local 782 defiance flashed in Jimmy’s eye, a sneer curled Jimmy’s lip.
And now the leather-covered sphere came hurling through the air,
And Jimmy stood a-watching it in bugle grandeur there.

Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped
“That ain’t my style,” said Jimmy. “Strike one!” Bob Reynolds the umpire said.

From the benches, filled with firemen’s wives, there went up a muffled roar,
Like the beating of monstrous flames licking out a second story floor,
Kill him! Kill the umpire!” shouted Mary Pat from the stand;
And it’s likely they’d have killed him had not Jimmy raised his hand.

With a smile of Christian charity learned from his mama – great Jimmy’s chiefdom shone;
He stilled the rising strike like Norris Olson; he bade the game go on;
He signaled to the pitcher; and once more the dun sphere flew;

But Jimmy still ignored it, and Reynolds said “Strike two!”
“Fraud!” cried Jerry Johnson, and echo off the Sunset outhouse answered “Fraud!”

But one scornful look from Jimmy through his thick head of hair and the audience was awed.

They saw him bite the cigar in his mouth, they saw his huge muscles strain.
And they knew that Jimmy wouldn’t let that ball go by again.
The sneer has fled from Jimmy’s lip, the teeth are clenched in hate;
He pounds with cruel violence – like whipping a cross-word puzzle – his bat upon the plate.

And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go.
And now the air is shattered by the force of Jimmy’s blow.
Oh, somewhere in this favored Kansas land the sun is shining bright,

The firehouse band is playing somewhere, and somewhere paramedic hearts are light.
And somewhere firemen are laughing, and little Erin, Anny, Sarah, and Andrew shout;

But there is no joy at the SFD — mighty Jimmy has struck out.The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the SFD that day;

The score stood four to two, with but one inning more to play.
And then when Sanchez died at first, and Johnson did the same,

A pall-like silence fell upon the patrons of the game.
A struggling few got up to go in deep despair. The rest
Clung to the hope which springs from CPR on the human breast;

They thought, “If only Jimmy could but get a whack at that-
We’d put up even money now, with Jimmy at the Bat.”
But Holston preceded Jimmy, as did also Clare Howard.

And the former was an Inspector, while the latter was a Lieutenant.
So, upon that stricken multitude grim melancholy sat;
For there seemed to but little chance of Jimmy getting to the bat.

But Holston let drive a single, to the wonderment of all,
And Howard, the much despised, tore the cover off the ball;
And when the dust had lifted, and firefighters saw what had occurred,

There was fleet-footed Clare safe at second and Holston a-hugging third.
Then from seventeen drunken throats and more there rose a lusty yell;
It rumbled off the roof of station 2, it rattled the old fire bell;
It pounded off Indian Rock Hill and recoiled upon the flat,
For Jimmy, mighty Jimmy, was advancing to the bat.

There was ease in Jimmy’s Incident Command style manner as he stepped into his place;
There was EMT pride in Jimmy’s bearing and a smile lit Jimmy’s face.
And when, responding to the cheers, he lightly doffed his hat,
No stranger in crowd could doubt ‘twas Jimmy at the bat.
Thirty-four blood shot eyes were on him as he rubbed his hands with dirt.

Seventeen tongues applauded when he wiped them on this shirt.
Then while the Salina PD pitcher ground the ball into his hip,
Local 782 defiance flashed in Jimmy’s eye, a sneer curled Jimmy’s lip.

And now the leather-covered sphere came hurling through the air,
And Jimmy stood a-watching it in bugle grandeur there.
Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped

“That ain’t my style,” said Jimmy. “Strike one!” Bob Reynolds the umpire said.
From the benches, filled with firemen’s wives, there went up a muffled roar,
Like the beating of monstrous flames licking out a second story floor,
Kill him! Kill the umpire!” shouted Mary Pat from the stand;
And it’s likely they’d have killed him had not Jimmy raised his hand.
With a smile of Christian charity learned from his mama – great Jimmy’s chiefdom shone;

He stilled the rising strike like Norris Olson; he bade the game go on;
He signaled to the pitcher; and once more the dun sphere flew;
But Jimmy still ignored it, and Reynolds said “Strike two!”

“Fraud!” cried Jerry Johnson, and echo off the Sunset outhouse answered “Fraud!”
But one scornful look from Jimmy through his thick head of hair and the audience was awed.
They saw him bite the cigar in his mouth, they saw his huge muscles strain.

And they knew that Jimmy wouldn’t let that ball go by again.
The sneer has fled from Jimmy’s lip, the teeth are clenched in hate;
He pounds with cruel violence – like whipping a cross-word puzzle – his bat upon the plate.

And now the pitcher holds the ball, and now he lets it go.
And now the air is shattered by the force of Jimmy’s blow.
Oh, somewhere in this favored Kansas land the sun is shining bright,
The firehouse band is playing somewhere, and somewhere paramedic hearts are light.

And somewhere firemen are laughing, and little Erin, Anny, Sarah, and Andrew shout;
But there is no joy at the SFD — mighty Jimmy has struck out.

 

Trump – Change is Needed

Donald Trump has accomplished some good things in his short term in office. The problem is he has to elaborate on everything good to the extreme and bad mouth anybody who speaks out against him by name calling.

One can think what they want of President Obama. But he didn’t elaborate his accomplishments or bad mouth those who spoke out against him.

The way Trump treats John McCain is abominable. Trump talks about an event named after McCain and refuses to utter McCain’s name.

Trump’s family isn’t even immune. He name called his son on a secretly taped meeting.
It’s a weak man that has to toot his own horn. And Trump is the king of tooting his own horn.

Trump will have a total group of folks in his immediate staff (if he doesn’t already) that will fail to tell him any bad news. Having all yes men doesn’t protect him. Bad things sometimes can be fixed if found out soon enough.

Making up things is another problem with the president. Trump doesn’t think about the truth much at all. He just utters what sounds good to him.

I’m afraid Trump has set a pattern that he won’t change. He would be well off to stop using Twitter for starters, but it appears that he is set in his ways.

You can tell that I’m not a Trump fan, but I do wish him success. I just don’t think he can accomplish success without making some changes.

Lesson Learned

Wild land fires can get out of control in seconds.  This can be exacerbated by ill preparation.

Six years ago the out of control fires had reached an all time high.  A simple solution seemed to be to hit the burners where their pocket books were. A fee based wild land fire system would be implemented. If adequate control wasn’t prepared then the fee would be invoked.

It seemed like a logical approach and the number of wild land fires went down.  But little did I know the farmers weren’t happy with the fees.

Months later I almost got terminated.  I can’t say for sure that this was the lone reason, but it sure appeared that way.   I was asked by a commissioner to clear a fee, which I did.

Even though I did as asked, the damage had been done.  Months later a motion was made to terminate me.  I was fortunate that the two other commissioners didn’t vote yes too.

Lesson learned – a logical solution isn’t always a good solution.