Are You Fighting Fires Instead of Managing Your Employees?

Online /
Jan 20, 2021 /
Course Code: 0102-WEB21

  • Overview
  • Instructor


After Participating in This Course, You Will Be Able to :

  • Understand why managers become firefighters
  • Realize the detrimental effect your firefighting has on the professional development of your staff
  • Understand the two most important things a manager must do and how they relate to firefighting
  • Realize how firefighting and coaching are different
  • Understand how proper delegation gets rid of the firefighting syndrome

Every engineering or technical manager knows how important it is to be available to assist their subordinates. If they didn’t have the knowledge and experience to do that, probably someone else would have their position. Too often though, the manager does an inadequate job of delegating various tasks/responsibilities. This leads to the ever present problem of subordinates bringing their managers multiple “fires” for the manager to put out or at least play a major role in extinguishing the flames.

Your employees will never realize their potential as long they can rely on you to do their firefighting for them. This webinar will explore this problem in detail and help you understand the proper methods to get out of the firefighting business.


  • What Firefighting Looks Like
  • Understanding Why Managers Are Firefighters
  • What Your Firefighting Does to Employee Motivation
  • If Not a Firefighter, Then what Is Your Role
  • Archimedes Understand Leverage—Do You?
  • The Two Highest Priority Responsibilities of Any Manager
  • Coaching vs. Firefighting
  • Delegation: The Best Alternative to Firefighting
  • The Proper Way to Delegate

Who Should Attend:
This webinar will benefit anyone in your organization who is responsible for the performance of other employees, from staff engineers, department or division managers, project managers, to the firm’s executives.

Time: 12:30 PM - 2:00 PM Eastern Time

Please note: You can check other time zones here.

System Requirements

Training will be delivered via GoToWebinar

PC-based attendees
OS: Windows XP, 2003 Server, Vista, 7, 8, 10
Internet Explorer 7.0 or newer
Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or newer
Google Chrome 5.0 or newer

Macintosh based attendees
OS: Mac OS X 10.6 (Snow Leopard), 10.7 (Lion), 10.8 (Mountain Lion) or newer
Safari 3.0 or newer
Mozilla Firefox 4.0 or newer
Google Chrome 5.0 or newer

iPad 1 or newer, iPhone 3GS or newer, iPod Touch (3rd generation) or newer
OS: iOS 6 or newer

OS: Android 2.2 or higher


Gary Bates

Gary Bates, a partner in the management consulting firm of Roenker Bates Group, is a former construction industry senior executive and educator. He has specialized in the techniques of "effective management through positive communication" and "systems for continuous improvement."

As a registered professional engineer, Gary has nearly three decades of experience in the management of organizations and related design and construction projects valued over $1 billion for domestic and international markets. This included the general management of a 5 office, 700 employee architectural/engineering operations and the development of a new engineering market in Europe and Africa. The last twenty-three years have involved a wide variety of consultation, facilitation, and training programs for numerous organizations, mostly in the design, construction, and health care industries. He is known nationally for his expertise in partnering, team-building, contract negotiations, and effective communication, and has facilitated or presented at over 600 workshops, seminars, or meetings throughout the US and abroad.

He received his Bachelor and Master of Science in Civil Engineering from the University of Kentucky. Gary is an active member of the American Arbitration Association and former member of Rotary International. He is active in many other professional and civic organizations including the American Society of Civil Engineers, for which he is the Editor-Emeritus of the Journal of Management in Engineering, an international publication. He is the co-author of the book Win-Win Negotiating: A Professional's Playbook. Gary has been listed in many biographical registries, including Who’s Who in the Midwest and Who’s Who in Science and Engineering.


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Fee & Credits

$149 + taxes

  • 0.15 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 1.5 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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