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Answering the Call

Answering the Call

Our teachers, mentors, and heroes inspire us to serve our agency, our community, and our nation.

March 12, 2019

Great Leadership Requires Humility
Looking Back to Look Forward

Looking Back to Look Forward

The Phoenix Police Department wants to better understand its past to make a brighter future.

January 10, 2019

What a Review Says About You

What a Review Says About You

Many supervisors assume that performance appraisals are only about the subordinate being evaluated, but an evaluation almost always ends up being more about the supervisor. Let me explain why with an example.

March 27, 2015

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

The Peter Principle

The Peter Principle

It's critical that only the best warriors get promoted up the ranks in law enforcement. Wearing sergeant's stripes or lieutenant's bars on your uniform has to be about more than just time served or passing a test.

February 12, 2010

Lonely, But Not Alone

Probably the biggest mistake that leaders make is not properly using the other leadership resources at their disposal. We have a chain of command in law enforcement for a reason.

May 1, 2007

The "Moto" and How to Get It

A recent e-mail from a reader asked me how a leader brings out the highest levels of motivation from police officers. It seems like a great topic to write about.

January 1, 2007

Back to the Basics

The implications of football in American life run deep. Football is analogous to many things: warfare, battle, teamwork, discipline, mental toughness, physical courage, strategy, tactics, and of course, leadership.

November 1, 2006

What Police Officers Need

"Forward then. Forward! Let us go forward without fear into the future and let us dread naught when duty calls." - Sir Winston Churchill

September 1, 2006

Self Sacrifice

"Let us stop being selfish…to the ideas of the common good and of our existence, everything must be sacrificed." —General Jose de San Martin

July 1, 2006

Team Leadership

"The important thing to recognize is that it takes a team, and the team ought to get credit for the wins and the losses." - Philip Caldwell

May 1, 2006

On Leading Cops and Two-Year-Olds

Most of us are leaders in some facet of our lives. Any police officer who doesn't think of himself or herself as a leader is just plain wrong. I doubt that a cop who is also a parent could argue being a parent isn't about leadership, because it most certainly is.

April 1, 2006

To Lead and Serve

"The Leader must himself believe that willing obedience beats forced obedience, and that he can get this only by really knowing what should be done." - Xenophon, 360 BC

February 1, 2006

Leadership on a (Time) Budget

"Time is neutral, but it can be made the ally of those who will seize it and use it to the full." — Sir Winston Churchill

January 1, 2006

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