RT-130, Wildland Fire Safety Training Annual Refresher (WFSTAR)
Compare the effective and ineffective methods or techniques of leadership, teamwork, and communication utilizing examples from a successful organization outside of the fire and military communities.
- Review the module and video
Facilitating the Discussion
- Watch the video
- Facilitate a discussion using the activity and discussion questions.
Read to students:
This module is the first in a series designed to focus on learning from organizations outside of the military and wildland fire community. Interviewing members of the coaching staff from the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League (NFL) provides concepts that can translate to the wildland fire community. Regardless of your interest in sports, it takes a high degree of leadership, teamwork, and communication to operate at the professional level.
NOTE: For the purposes of this module, the Seattle Seahawks were chosen as a case study for success based on three criteria (using data from the 2010 to 2014 seasons):
- Development of players: During this five-year period, 22 players were selected to the Pro Bowl. Example of player development can also be seen by looking at the starting roster of the team that won the Super Bowl in 2013; of the 22 starting players (11 offensive, 11 defensive), 13 were drafted in the 3rd round or later (included undrafted players). Players also receive professional development training to prepare them for careers after football (business training, entrepreneur workshops, etc.).
- Development of coaches: Two coaches from the Seahawks were promoted to head coaches for other NFL teams. Several other positional coaches were promoted internally and externally.
- Winning: In the same five-year stretch, the Seahawks made four post-season playoff appearances and competed in two Super Bowls (won Super Bowl 2013, lost Super Bowl 2014). At the time, the Seahawks had five consecutive seasons with 7+ wins (out of a 16-game season).
Using the following quotes from the coaches, discuss how the methods and techniques from the video are practiced at your work, both on and off the fireline.
- Leadership: meet the needs of others, allow individuality, and provide useful feedback.
- “My role is to help train up other coaches and the players as well…”
- “Humility is a huge portion that we can lose sight of…”
- Teamwork: help others around you, focus on what you can control, be a positive influence.
- “…how about if we have no weak link? Who’s responsible for that?”
- “…everybody has strengths; everybody has weaknesses…fill in the gaps where you feel you can best serve.”
- Communication: provide clear intent, ask for feedback, use cohesive language.
- “Our communication starts at the top.”
- “I think the most important thing for us is our language…”
What effective methods or techniques that were discussed in the video do not happen in your organization? What can you do to improve the conditions in these three areas? Provide specific examples.
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