Hi, I’m Paul Darley and thanks for tuning into our December issue of Inside Darley.
Hopefully you’ve had an opportunity to look around at our new launched website, darley.com. And as you’ll look at it, you’ll notice that like a lot of websites
today, we’ve restructured it so that it’s focused on who we serve, what we do, how we do it, and most importantly, why we do it. And there’s a lot of talk on what is your why.
And Simon Sinek, who is a leadership guru these days has got a lot of videos out there that a lot of younger folks in the younger generation are certainly watching. And as they look to join your organization or stay in your organization, they’re certainly looking at this golden circle of what is your why?
And I’ll tell you, someone who really knows their why is Garry Briese. He’s served on our board of directors for over 10 years and he was just inducted into the National Fire
Heritage Center Hall of Fame in Emmitsburg, Maryland. So congratulations to him. He’s the 111th inductee. My father was one as well as Alan Brunacini, and a lot of other prominent people in the fire service over the years. Garry also serves today as the executive director of the Colorado Fire Chiefs and at their annual conference last month, we actually had our ghost robot come out and deliver papers onto their platform at their closing ceremony. So pretty interesting stuff.
The IEFC also has a group called the VCOS, which is their Volunteer Combination Officer Section, and they invited me to come down and speak at their annual meeting on November 11th. I actually followed Dr. Lori Moore-Moerrell, who’s the US Fire Administrator, of course, and not an easy act to follow, but I actually talked about authentic leadership and emotional intelligence. And we’ve attached a copy of that slide deck for you.
One of the things in there that really was a takeaway was Chief Brunacini who always said his simple mantra about leadership was be nice. And I’d ask you to think, hey, what would your bumper sticker say when it comes to leadership?
And a lot these days, since COVID and really kind of brought out by Harvard Business Review in 2020 is really this new concept of compassionate leadership. So I’ve attached an article here for you. What is compassionate leadership and nine Ways to practice it. So some pretty neat stuff.
If you’re into leadership and you’ll be down in the Dallas, Texas, area in early January, we’d encourage you to go to the Texas A&M Leadership Development Conference. It’s gonna be held January 9th to the 11th. I’ll actually be giving a very similar presentation on leadership to that program.
It’s so hard to figure out how to get through all the clutter these days in order to get the information that you really need. And actually, a great business associate and friend, Travis Owenby down in Texas sent me this tip and it’s on an email called 1440 Daily Digest. So I’d encourage you to check that out. It gives you just no spin as to what’s going on in the country and the world and just straight talk that you’re able to consume that information really quickly.
So hey, on behalf of the Darley family and all of our employees at Darley, we wish you and your families is a very peaceful Christmas and we thank you for the opportunity to serve you over the past year.
And thanks for tuning into this issue of Inside Darley. If there’s anything we can be doing to support you, we hope you’ll reach out to us.