• Prerequisites for a future commander

    If you are reading this to get a leg up on a promotion or job in the future read on, I have a few of the KSAs that I find particularly valuable, not often mentioned in the ads but bring real world experience and bonuses for those who have them in the...

    Article • April 22nd, 2013

  • Leadership Values Are Shared

    There is thing about leadership that I learned years ago. Great leaders share. They will share little insights and tidbits about life and leadership. If you are in their circle or close enough to absorb these pearls of wisdom, take them in and use them in...

    Article • April 1st, 2013

  • A Little Advice for a New Sergeant

    We see, hear and read a lot about “leadership” in this profession but the term tends to be overused and badly abused. So many people confuse being “in charge” with being a leader. Just because you hold rank doesn’t mean you’re fit to lead, but...

    Article • March 22nd, 2013

  • A Gathering Storm for Chiefs

    The challenge that American law enforcement is facing is like the perennial 800-pound gorilla in the room; it is there and nobody wants to talk about it. Now is a good time to ponder these while there is still an opportunity for civilized discourse and...

    Article • March 1st, 2013

  • A Chief's Legacy

    Most think this job is for the prestige, others get it bestowed upon them and some do it for the real reasons. But, what are today’s chiefs really doing for the vocation or are they in the business for themselves?

    Article • January 30th, 2013

  • Challenging Yourself as a Mentor

    Every one of us has a duty to pass along those positive lessons we've learned to those who follow behind us. It's called mentoring. Are you doing it right?

    Article • January 28th, 2013

  • Letter from a Police Chief

    What cops have a right to expect from their chief

    Article • January 3rd, 2013

  • The Leadership Trifecta Drill

    I am preparing for promotion or just recently promoted and need some guidance on leadership. What can I do right away to set my leadership compass on the right path?

    Article • November 29th, 2012

  • Planning Made Simple

    The biggest mistake of a young supervisor is to take the IAP and roll it up and put in under the sun visor just in case it is needed. Have they familiarized themselves with it? Nope, probably hasn’t even read the darned thing yet. But, they have it just...

    Article • November 13th, 2012

  • Front-line leadership, Part II

    Talk of front-line leadership is something we hear all the time lately, but what does it really mean? We think these four principles provide a solid foundation for those who aspire to lead from the front.

    Article • October 17th, 2012

  • Not Everyone Is Ready For A Promotion

    So here is the question, you are very happy in life, job is going well and all is happy in your world. Now the promotion announcement is posted. Several co-workers and supervisors are encouraging you to take the test and go for it. What to do?

    Article • October 9th, 2012

  • Front-line Leadership, Part I

    How do the exploits of a small group of soldiers scratching their way from the beaches of France to the German Alps relate to what we do every day? It’s in the attitudes and sense of duty where we can relate.

    Article • September 20th, 2012

  • Promotions and Starting Over

    With most of the larger departments, when you get promoted to sergeant, you will probably be transferred to another division or precinct. Don’t believe me? Underneath your promotion orders is page two which reads transferred. There is some good and...

    Article • August 23rd, 2012

  • Do’s and Don’t for New Commanders

    As a young promoted supervisor, who is coming from the lower end of the seniority spectrum and now being "in charge" of those his senior; how do you handle it? Well, this is a frequent theme in police departments nationwide. Let’s take a look at this...

    Article • July 26th, 2012

  • Separating Contenders from Pretenders

    New chiefs or new commanders must know their territory as well. What are your local hot buttons? Before the downward economic troubles, it was crime and perception.

    Article • June 1st, 2012

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