Heifetz & Linsky used to review AFC

By Chief Allen Cain, CFO, EFO

Dr. Clark’s compendium of essays highlighting the cultural dysfunction of the fire service, its pursuit of doing the best things and the pathway to professionalism is a fitting example of the man and his message fulfilling the concepts of the executive fire officer’s leadership text, Leadership On The Line. Dr. Clark’s stories expose the adaptive challenges the fire service needs to make in order to eliminate “occupational fatalities.” Clark’s work is simply a mirror that reinforces the notion that this work requires new learning by the people who own the problem. To that end, Dr. Clark repeatedly disrupts our cultural equilibrium, but only at a rate we can absorb. You can find Dr. Clark and his book firmly nestled in the balcony, where he is watching us and calling-out when we fail to lead.



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