Practical Support for the Changing World at Work 
Linda F. Willing
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Grand Lake, CO
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"As a fire officer, as a trainer, and as a person, I have always been pragmatic, optimistic, and not afraid to deal with the real world. I work hard to bring out the best in people. I believe that change, when handled appropriately, can be a winning proposition for everyone."

  -Linda F. Willing







RealWorld Training & Consulting is committed to helping individuals and organizations be the best they can be. Please call or email with any special needs or concerns.

Change is inevitable

Are you ready for the challenges you will face as your workplace diversifies?

RealWorld Training & Consulting offers practical educational and advisory support for fire and emergency services, government agencies, and nonprofit organizations. All programs are customized to meet the client's unique needs. Click here for an overview of our training and consulting options.


FRI 2014: Accidents, Mistakes, and Bad Decisions. Here is the class handout and reference list from that session.


On the Line: Women Firefighters Tell Their Stories

This book features more than 35 profiles of women firefighters from across the United States and Canada. Women from the largest paid departments to the smallest volunteer agencies share their successes and challenges, and their best stories from being on the line, in service to their communities.

This book makes a great gift! It is also a positive recruiting tool that every fire department should have.

Available now through major online booksellers. Signed copies may be purchased below.

Now Available!

Ending Workplace Harassment:  What Will it Take?

During a workshop at an IAFF Human Relations Conference, participants were challenged to come up with real solutions related to factors that enable the continuation of workplace harassment.  Through a brainstorming technique, many ideas were generated in a very short period of time.  Here are the ideas that came out of that session.


Rethinking Recruitment

Here are some creative ideas for maximizing and re-energizing recruitment efforts on your department, especially as they apply to bringing in qualified female applicants.

Please note! RealWorld Training & Consulting has a new telephone number: 970-531-2388




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From this month's issue:

That's Why They Call it Work

A federal employee has stated that he would rather lose his job at an Illinois Social Security Administration office than view a mandatory workplace diversity video about LGBT inclusion. According to an official at the Social Security Administration, the 17 minute video was made "in support of an inclusive work environment, as well as exemplary customer service."

The employee has refused on several occasions to watch the video, despite direct orders to do so. He said, "I don’t believe God wants me to do that...more

What clients have to say:

"It is refreshing having someone who is not afraid to say it how it is, especially in a constructive manner."

Firefighter, California

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This month's resource pick:

In the Kingdom of Ice: The Grand and Terrible Voyage of the USS Jeannette by Hampton Sides. Random House, 2014. In the late 19th Century, the world became fascinated and nearly obsessed with polar exploration. However, the lack of good data and information (for example, it was commonly believed that a warm open sea surrounded the North Pole) led to many disastrous expeditions... more


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