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Professional Development

So you wanna be a firefighter?

How to Become a Firefighter Sounds like a career filled with action, doesn’t it? Being the hero of the day, running into smoke-laden buildings, rescuing the public from the burning flames, and being nominated for the Pride of Britain Awards. By the way, don’t expect to get any awards. As a fire fighter all the … Continue reading »

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Alexandria Agresta the Purpose Pioneer

I am very exited to announce the launch of my very first podcast called Alex Agresta the Purpose Pioneer. Alexandria Agresta is Chief Purpose Pioneer at Purpose Pioneers. Alexandria believes in creating purposeful communities where people feel a sense of belonging and are empowered to create real human connection. In this episode, Alexandra talks abut the … Continue reading »

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Three Reasons Why You Need a Coach

I’ve just “soft” launched my coaching company this year and there are three reasons why you need a coach: Personal Growth: Take advantage of those who’ve walked the path before you. There’s much to be learned from those who’ve been there and done it before us. Sure, times have changed over the years in how we … Continue reading »

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How running helped my firefighting career

I mentioned in my book ‘Firefighting from within‘ about running at a young age and now I want to share how it helped me as a firefighter. Running helps to get rid of excessive adrenalin and other stress hormones, boosts your mood and keeps you fit. Running is free, you can do it anywhere, and it … Continue reading »

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How I managed with dyslexia as a firefighter

When I started work as a firefighter, I wasn’t in a position where I had to do a lot writing for or to other people. At school I taught myself how to memorize things in a most amazing way, because I struggled to read. I listened very well in meetings and when I was briefed … Continue reading »

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The recent elections and power — two different things

I have more power than the recently elected Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan and the new Philippine President Rodrigo Duterte. After all, I have dual residency in both the UK and the Philippines and the only power these two people have over me is Legitimate Power — let me explain… A president, mayor or prime … Continue reading »

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Stephen Covey’s Seven Habits of Highly Effective People

One of the first personal development training that I was put through as a firefighter was a seminar that the London Fire Brigade put all their officers through called ‘The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People’. The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People by Stephen Covey is one of the most influential books in self-development. … Continue reading »

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What Everybody Ought to Know About Integrity

My trade union, the Fire Brigade Union, said this week that The Mayor of London has “serious questions to answer” after a man apparently leapt to his death to escape a fire in Camden Town, London early this week. That could be interpreted to mean that Boris Johnson’s recent decision to close down ten London fire … Continue reading »

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Psychology of Motivations

At last weeks book signing in London I read a passage about one of the most traumatic days of my firefighting career form my book ‘Firefighting from within’. The chapter is called ‘Psychology of Motivations’ and you can see it on this months video blog (vlog). To learn more you can check out my book “Firefighting from within”, meanwhile … Continue reading »

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Is Culture The Culprit?

I came across a blog article this week titled 3 Unwritten Rules Of Firefighter Culture by former fire chief Les Karpluk. In the article he mentions that “A department’s culture can be the greatest force causing stress and frustration among firefighters.” I can certainly relate to that. He goes on to say that “There is no doubt that most … Continue reading »

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