by John Alston
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When talking to Fire Officers I find that many, sometimes, fall into two basic categories:
“Thermometers” and “Thermostats”
Sometimes they find themselves, in one of two of these categories, through no fault of their own. Through discussion at meetings and by gauging the types of questions that they ask; or positions they assert; I wonder how they arrived there. Is it the “climate” where they work? Maybe the orientation or initiation they received. I surmise that long before they rose through the ranks, their indoctrination, association and/or training dictated their category… and they can’t shake it. Was it osmosis??? The old nature-nurture debate??? No one can give a definitive answer.A more pertinent question: Is there a system or process in place to move Fire Officers into one of these two categories? Is there a process to change them from one category to the other?
Thermometers (definition – an instrument that reads or measures temperature) read the temperature in the room and display there findings. They do not initiate their own actions. They wait until something happens and then display themselves. They change constantly, based on other conditions. Thermometers are sometimes fickle or, at best, just register/report/represent the “ambient” temperature. In other words, you don’t get a true read. Sometimes there is a delay in their response. They do not initiate anything. They react and respond to outside influences.
Thermostats (definition – an automatic or manual device for regulating temperature), on the other hand, are changers. They have the ability to effect and affect their environment. They can cause us to become warm or cold. They can alter the atmosphere. They can make us/others uncomfortable or motivate us to change. They can have a negative effect, at times. But if they are set right, they continue to do their job correctly. Thermostats can handle the heat and the cold, seamlessly. The good ones do their job efficiently.
Which One Are You?
more to follow…
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