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First In, Last Out: Leadership Lessons from the New York Fire Department

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What does it take to lead people into a burning building? How do the leaders of the New York City Fire Department develop so much loyalty, trust, and grace under pressure that their subordinates will risk their very lives for them?

As a high-ranking officer of the FDNY, John Salka is an expert at both practicing and teaching high-stakes leadership. In First In, Last Out,

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Hardcover, 240 pages
Published March 30th 2004 by Portfolio Hardcover (first published 2004)
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Clare O'Beara
If you remember one instruction for leadership, it will be "Follow the smoke!"
Who could resist reading a guide to leadership from the point of view of the NYFD? We meet a strong personality who has to instruct, work with and depend upon many macho men and tough women - and who also has to handle outside politics, budgets and consumers of his service. Not all leaders put their lives at risk every time they go to work.

Following the smoke, an instruction repeated a few times, means to continue pic
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Mark Mcclung
Mar 31, 2014 Mark Mcclung rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really like this book. I have already been able to put much of it to good use in my daily work life and in my school work. The author does a great job providing real-life examples and drawing parallels to real situations to help illustrate his points. I recommend this book to anyone who enjoys reading leadership books.
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Mar 09, 2009 Nikki rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book I think everyone should read it. I laughed at the part about studying for the promotional exam it seemed all so familiar. Maybe that is why my husband had to read it for his promotional exam.
Chris
Feb 21, 2011 Chris rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Chief Salka is an inspirational leader and teacher.
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I was dissapointed in the book. But many managers may find it very helpful
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this book was great! It teaches you the skills it takes to have leadership!
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