Wednesday, April 25, 2012

By Mark vonAppen

We are told:

You are a valued team member.  We want to hear what you have to say.  We're listening to you.  You are important to us. Your opinion matters.

What the machine forces us to swallow:

If you don't like it, fake it.  If we want your opinion, we'll give it to you.  It shouldn't come from you, it should come from someone else.  It's not the message, it's the messenger.  It's not what you said, it's how you said it.
"Your performance on the street is what matters most, that will be your legacy."  
We say:

We're not that naive.  We know when we're being stroked.  We feel like we're waiting for something that is never going to happen.  We will not slide quietly into decline.  We're moving ahead with or without you.  We're not waiting anymore.

Sometimes saying nothing screams louder than anything.  Speak up or shut up, the penance is the same.  Whether you suffer in silence or are boisterous in voicing opinions, keep training.  Remember that quick change happens slowly.  Your performance on the street is what matters most, that will be your legacy.  

Handle it on your own.  Start today.



1 comment:

  1. Awesome post man. Spoken like a true fireman and leader.

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