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Make Mistakes! and Other Advice to Maximize Your Fire Career

Friday, April 28
Interested in becoming more capable, wiser, a better leader? The secret is in embracing mistakes at every level in your career. Firefighters by nature disdain failure. And cameras in everyone's hands and a fault-thirsty press make it difficult to display fallibility, particularly as we rise in the ranks. But on and off the fireground, mistakes are often our best training tool. In this class, we'll cover the importance of leaning toward failure instead of fear, how to use mistakes as teachable moments, how to create a work environment that encourages difficult ownership, how to differentiate between mistakes and chronic poor performance, and how public-error recovery is one of the most important skills to have as a leader in today's fire service.
Clare Frank, Chief of Fire Protection (Ret.) - CAL Fire