Michael Hazell

In the new NFPA Journal: "First Responder" column looks at culture issues

Blog Post created by Michael Hazell Employee on Mar 17, 2014

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Peter Drucker, the respected management consultant, educator, and author, once said that “culture eats strategy for breakfast"—meaning that even the most strategically sound plan can fail if the culture of an organization is unprepared or unwilling to accept it.

That's the idea behind "Pass the Syrup," Ken Willette's latest "First Responder" column in the March/April issue of NFPA Journal. Willette looks at a discussion currently taking place in the fire serviuce—the effect ventilation activities have on a structure fire and promotion of revised firefighting tactics, where the initial fire attack starts from outside the structure and transitions to an interior attack—and how some proposals around this issue are being met with resistance from firefighters. "Yet another case," he writes, "of culture wolfing down strategy like a stack of waffles." 

-Scott Sutherland 

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