Do You Want to Be a Better Emergency Manager? Sharpen the Saw emergency management network podcast

Let’s explore The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey.

I was talking with Dan Scott on the Leader’s Cafe about attitude. We got into a deep conversation on how we react to outside pressures, how we deal with them and how those external pressures can impact our team. As leaders, we put on a good face and motivate our team. Right?

Attitude is everything. A positive attitude starts within, and sometimes you need a kick start to get it going; everyone falls into a rut occasionally. We feel tired, depressed, unmotivated, and downright aggravated by everything we encounter. When we are in this spot, we must take care of ourselves. First, we need to recognize that we are in a rut. Sometimes we need to have someone tell us that we are there. 

In the field we have chosen to work in, we may feel we are letting down our team and the people we serve when we think about ourselves first. However, without self-care, we cannot help others. 

My friend Brian Colburn is a massive fan of The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People and shares the lessons he has learned over the years with me. He even got me The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People card deck that I keep on my desk to remind myself to read a card weekly. 

Brian says that habit #7, to sharpen the Saw, resonates with him the most. 

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