From Embers to Excellence

Battalion Chief David Hollenbach (retired) is the author of “Fireproof: Your Grand Strategy for Transforming Failure into Fuel for Your Future.” He is a motivational speaker, coach, and mentor. He owns and operates David Hollenbach Consulting, LLC, and hosts the popular podcast “From Embers to Excellence,” which recently featured a conversation with Dr. Toby Travis.

David Hollenbach is a veteran of the United States Navy with a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Barry University. A major focus of research for his capstone was how strong, positive leadership can influence the culture of a large organization.

While studying at Barry University he published “The Firefighter’s Creed” and “Women in the Fire Service: A Diverse Culture Leads to a Successful Culture,” an article highlighting the importance of gender diversity within the fire service in Fire Engineering Magazine.

He has spent years as an instructor, coach and mentor helping others define and realize success. Although he no longer works as a servant to the community, his passion for service to others remains stronger than ever.

In this interview with Dr. Toby Travis, they discuss how the trust level of leaders results in higher levels of performance by those within their organization. They reveal what organizational restructuring is needed to support the greater success of employees in companies. When the conversation dives into the topic of broken trust, Dr. Travis details how leaders can repair trust and provides some statistics on what is effective and when it is effective.