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First In, Last Out: Leadership Lessons from the New York Fire Department Paperback – February 22, 2005
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Other standout chapters focus on the nuances of building trust, clear decision-making and execution and tools for aligning individual and organization goals. Those expecting a macho approach to high-stakes leadership will be pleasantly surprised. Salka embraces intuition as "your subconscious trying to offer up a life time of experiences" and he explains how "managing emotional triggers" are ways of gaining competitive advantage. Salka's inspiring and passionate vision of leadership is a combination of reality testing, self-knowledge, and a shared mission when the heat is on. --Barbara Mackoff --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This book's real strength comes from Salka's approach: he writes to the front line supervisor/manager, the folks who are often on the first tier of management. While many books, as good as they are, assume that the reader is in a position to affect policy and choose their entire team, "First In" speaks to managers whose responsibility is the daily performance of the staff.
In addtion to great advice that can be put to practical use by leaders at any level, Salka regails the reader with colorful stories of the men and women of the FDNY. Overall, a great read.
That having been said, I struggled to finish it. Not because of anything to do with the book. Rather because so much of Corporate America in 2015 seems hellbent to do just the exact opposite of every principle in this book - and then stand around and wonder why they get only the minimum from people and nobody trusts their "leadership."
This book starts out with a slogan, or motto, stating every good leader in any organization should be the first to go in and the last person to come out. In the fire service this takes a literal meaning. When a building is on fire it is the responsibility of the company officer to lead his crew. By taking the first in approach people working under you will tend to follow and perform their duties as they have trained to without a second thought. Being the last person out builds effective leadership in the fact that everyone who looks up to you knows that you can perform the job and they are relieved from duties before you are.
I have personally used examples throughout this text as I have gone through my career. I first read this book when I had the rank of firefighter. At the time I had no leadership responsibilities but took it upon myself to always act as a leader. I would perform extra tasks which were not assigned to me and take a proactive approach to take care of my crew. When a promotional test opportunity presented itself a year later I was approached by my chief to take the test. I sat for a lieutenant exam, and with all my nerves shot, went through a very enduring process. Upon completion, I was approached by my chief and was given a conditional offer to be a captain, one rank higher than that I was testing for.Read more ›
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