TIP # 1: Identify and set-up shop in your team’s strengths and passions
TIP #2: Find an easy win, and sustain momentum
An easy win is a great way to help galvanize your group together. Every group either seasonally, or when new members arrive, needs to feel success in order to reinforce that the course direction the leader has set, as well as all the work that is required to get there is worth it! Oftentimes the opportunity to perform under true high stress in our passion and strengths i.e. structure fires, vehicle extrications, technical rescues, can be as seldom as rainfall in the desert.
As leaders, finding an easy win involves motivating the team towards the lowest hanging fruit items. Leaders don’t always need to hit home-runs with performance improvement. Look for easy to fix little things, and celebrate the accomplishments. If a team who has never trained routinely, starts with quick in-services a few times a cycle—that’s a win and needs to be celebrated (even though it’s not the hour or two a day you think is necessary). Having fun is the easiest way to create and sustain momentum towards improvement.