Thursday, August 23, 2018


"10-24: A Firefighter Looks Back" goes missing.

   For some reason this last month, CreateSpace and Amazons’ finely oiled machine goofed up — for reasons unknown to me, and without notification — and I learned a month or so of no book sales was the result of some “computer glitch” which removed my book for any listings, and placed it back in a production process awaiting my review and action. This had already been done back in 2013, but for some reason needed another round of approvals and OK’s before re-listing.  After some grumbling and clicking a few appropriate check boxes, my book is available again, just like it had been for nearly 5 blanking years already.

   Since I’ve never been responsible for a “single solitary glitch, mistake, error or slight oversight of any kind in my entire life” (wink-wink) I decided to be generous and not make a big deal and continue to feel CreateSpace and Amazon do a great job.  

  “10-24: A Firefighter Looks Back” is back and available again, in both paperback and Kindle versions. Sorry if you clicked on one of several reference links I have active and came up dry. Some links below that offer a path to the book:

www.ornberg-com - Personal website

Wednesday, May 30, 2018

Check for a key before using a fire axe

   A friend and I were having a discussion on management techniques and lifestyles and how they’ve changed over the past several decades and discovered that we both had distinctly different styles. He was a retired executive, having risen through the ranks of a successful business eventually reaching top management before retiring.  I had a slightly different path, ranging through a basically blue collar environment through the Army, 26 years as a career firefighter, topping off my work experience as a business association executive director and marketing business owner.

   He approached a potential obstacle or threat by first evaluating the situation, exploring possible actions and potential results, and perhaps trying to benefit by the input of a committee or task force before final implementation.

   I generally approached the problem by taking a fire axe to it.

   Both have their obvious good and bad results depending upon the urgency, scope of impact, and consequences after the fact. 

   In fact both methods have their place and best used as a combination of both when opportunity or necessity allowed or required. What we agreed upon finally though, was that only experience helps us make those choices, and only maturity and self confidence allow us to deal with the eventual success or failure. I've learned that I can accept a claim of “I told you so!” from anyone that is equally comfortable with admitting, “OK, I was wrong,” without pointing at mitigating causes or influences.

   We once responded to a report of smoke inside a building, finding the main doorway to the small six flat locked.  Just before my trusty axe completed the first half of a hefty swing a nearby civilian yelled out, “Wait! I have a key,” saving the door from destruction and me from a lot of embarrassment.  That’s when I learned to always quickly check for a key first, a practice that now serves me when dealing with business obstacles, lifes' speed bumps, politics, news reporting, and other challenges.

   Sometimes it turns out there is no key, or — sorry to stretch the metaphor a bit further — I find somebody must have changed the lock when I wasn’t looking.

   Besides, that axe is getting a lot heavier!

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