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Leadership in Reverse

Leadership in Reverse

Every profession espouses the virtues of leadership. But what about followers, which are the flip side of the equation? You can't have good leadership without good followership.

September 17, 2014

How to Deal with Shrinking Budgets

How to Deal with Shrinking Budgets

If you are a "cup is half full" person, then having the right perspective, attitude, and imagination can conquer the frustration of an ever-shrinking budget. It is possible to still make things happen.

June 16, 2014

Community Involvement

Community Involvement

There is an old saying that says in order to receive, you must first give. Giving back to the community is critical if you want its help. The key to getting the community to help you revolves around your getting involved with the community.

June 20, 2013

Decision-Making Traps

Decision-Making Traps

Law enforcement is filled with decision-making. You need to go deeper in your understanding of this near art form. To improve your own skills, you need to learn about decision-making traps and how to use this knowledge to your advantage.

June 12, 2012

Performance Evaluations

Performance Evaluations

Supervisors and officers tend to dislike dealing with performance evaluations (PEs) as much as they dislike internal affairs investigations and termination proceedings. Supervisors hate writing evaluations and officers hate reading them. But they persist anyway.

April 22, 2012

Teamwork Minus the B.S.

Teamwork Minus the B.S.

We live in an age of political correctness where saying the right things seems to have more value than doing the right things. People use catch phrases to draw attention to themselves and make them seem wise and caring.

March 20, 2012

Leading by Example

Leading by Example

What most agencies do well is produce managers; it helps with short-term goals but exasperates long-term ones. Please don't tell me you are part of that innocuous group of lost souls that think managing and leading are the same thing, because they're not.

November 18, 2011

The Threat of Technology

The Threat of Technology

Officer safety remains a paramount concern even if some choose to ignore it. We are losing our basic skills by relying too much on modern toys to do our jobs for us. In today's world, one of the biggest unrecognized threats to officer safety and survival is technology.

July 11, 2011

Problem Solving

Problem Solving

Though there are many decision-making formats, there is one common component that is more important than any other: defining the problem you are trying to solve. One of the key ways to do so is by framing.

August 9, 2010

Critical Incident Delegation and Documentation

Critical Incident Delegation and Documentation

Most officers place a great deal of emphasis on the tactical side of operations but forget that wars are now won through paperwork. That's why the warrior scribe is so important.

June 1, 2010