Consciousness Lessons from the Fireground

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Consciousness Lessons from the Fireground Judith L. Glick-Smith, Ph.D. 770-633-5582 www.mentorfactorinc.com judy@mentorfactorinc.com Twitter: @jglicksmith © 2014

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How I Got Here 2

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Think of an Activity… 4 Clear goals and feedback Opportunities for acting decisively Awareness and action merge Concentration on the task at hand Confidence: The sense of control Loss of self-consciousness Temporal distortion Autotelic experience

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Traditional vs. Recognition-Primed Decision Making Traditional DM model Boyd’s OODA Loop “Thin-slicing” (Gladwell, 2005) Depends on recognizing familiar situations and patterns (Klein, 1999) Action is based on experience and training Intuition grows out of experience 5

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Flow-based Decision Making 6 Awareness Of self Of others Of the situation Presence Living in the moment Attending to goals Confidence as facilitated by Training Experience

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Georgia Smoke Divers 7

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The GSD Model 8 Expression of intention “Fractal” construction of training Flat organizational structure Commitment to infrastructure

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The GSD Model (continued) 9 Outward focus Continuous transformation Altered states of consciousness Focus on ritual and honoring of the “ancestors”

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Nuts and Bolts: Smoke Diver Core Values 10 Competence Honor Integrity Excellence Mental Toughness Passion Commitment

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“Fractal” Construction of Training 11

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Servant Leader Orientation 12

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Choose to be Happy 13

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Work Hard / Have Fun 14

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Be Prepared / Practice Your Craft (Stay Hydrated!) 15

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Rest When You Get Tired 16

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Take Time to Meditate 17

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Teach and Mentor Others 18

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Foster Community 19

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Celebrate Success! 20

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Csikszentmihalyi’s Transformation into Flow 21 Unselfconscious self-assurance Focusing attention on the world The discovery of new solutions while focusing attention on obstacles to reaching goals

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Georgia Smoke Divers 22 Conscious leadership by example Mindful management Using history and ritual to bind the group Facilitating individual and team success

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References 23 Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1997). Finding flow: The psychology of engagement with everyday life. New York, NY: Basic Books. Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1990). Flow: The psychology of optimal experience. New York, NY: HarperCollins. Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1988). Introduction. In M. Csikszentmihalyi, & I. S. Csikszentmihalyi (Eds.), Optimal experience: Psychological studies of flow in consciousness. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press. Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1993). The evolving self: A psychology for the third millennium. New York, NY: HarperPerennial.

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References Gladwell, M. (2005). Blink: The power of thinking without thinking. New York, NY: Back Bay Books. Klein, G. (1999). Sources of power: How people make decisions. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Klein, G. (2009). Streetlights and shadows: Searching for the keys to adaptive decision making. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. Weick, K. E., & Sutcliffe, K. M. (2007). Managing the unexpected: Resilient performance in an age of uncertainty. San Francisco, CA: John Wiley. 24

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