Episode 6: Lt. Joe Lennon FDNY | Know Who You Are

In this episode of “Get Balanced,” host Dr. Donnie Hutchinson is speaking with Lt. Joe Lennon with FDNY.  Lt. Lennon is a firefighter and a Mental Health Counselor with FDNY.  He also serves as an IAFF Lead Instructor for Peer Support training.  Lt. Lennon shares advice on finding your own identity.  For instance, although I listed what Lt. Lennon does …

Work-Life Wednesday | Tip of the Week #3: Daddy Daughter Day

A Daddy Daughter Day might just surprise you how much this means to your daughters. I’m asking our firefighters, law enforcement, first responders, and all dads to intentionally plan this priority in your work-life balance. This video will give you some helpful ideas and you will also hear what it means from a daughter’s perspective.

Work-Life Wednesday | Tip of the Week #2: Active Listening

3 simple steps to improve your Active Listening? Many #firefighters #lawenforcement and #firstresponders find this challenging at home because of their intense working conditions. This video explains the AAA method and is sure to improve your active listening.

Work-Life Wednesday | Tip of the Week #1: How to Say No

Do you struggle to say ‘no’? Many firefighters, law enforcement, and other first responders do because they have a servant’s heart. However, when you say ‘yes’, what are you unconsciously saying ‘no’ to? I’m kicking off a new video series called Work-Life Wednesday – Tip of the Week. Please give it a listen and let’s help others by sharing your …

Episode 5: Chief Todd LeDuc | Hard Charger to Servant Leader

In this episode of “Get Balanced,” host Dr. Donnie Hutchinson is speaking with Retired Chief Todd LeDuc.  Chief serves as a board member for the IAFC, book editor of Surviving the Fire Service, and is the Chief Strategy Officer for Life Scan Wellness.  Chief LeDuc believes in putting family and wellness as top priorities.  Although, he shares how unplugging from …

Episode 4: with Chief Dan Kerrigan | Firefighter Functional Fitness

In this episode of “Get Balanced,” host Dr. Donnie Hutchinson is speaking with IAFF firefighter and co-author of Firefighter Functional Fitness, Chief Dan Kerrigan.  He believes in being a loving husband and active father. Chief Kerrigan encourages firefighters to find a hobby.  You will find him on the golf course, traveling, or riding his motorcycle.  He believes in “controlling the …

Episode 3: with Heith Good | Faith Family Firefighting Balance

In this episode of “Get Balanced,” host Dr. Donnie Hutchinson is speaking with IAFF firefighter Heith Good.  He is 22-years into firefighting while being a loving husband and active father.  Heith is instrumental in helping agencies and individuals with developing peer support programs. He shares his personal stories about faith, family, and firefighting balance.  As a result, Heith encourages all …

Episode 2: with Sgt. Eric McCants | Family Balance

In this episode of “Get Balanced,” host Dr. Donnie Hutchinson is speaking with law enforcement officer Sgt. Eric McCants.  He is a patrol officer and SWAT team member of the Burke County Sheriff’s Office.  The two are discussing Eric’s proactive strategy of consistently communicating with his wife.  As a result, Sgt. McCants offers ideas on how you can plan and …

How to take one step toward better balance today!

It’s much easier than you think. Let’s first define work-life balance… Aligning your day-to-day behaviors with your priorities in life. Notice I used the word “aligning”. It means to adjust your behaviors if they don’t support what’s important to you. What are some of your priorities in life? Let me guess…well, it’s really not a guess.  It’s what my workshop …