I am honored to know Sheriff Ozzie Knezovich. He is dedicated to family, to his community and to his profession. When politics run roughshod over reason and integrity, when liars gain prominence and are obscenely blessed by the courts, when other elected and appointed officials stand by and do nothing … well, Sheriff Ozzie is the guy you want on… Read more →

Was I Pissed When I Wrote This? Yeah, Probably …

One of the stupidest, most insidious, seemingly plausible things foisted upon employees and the public by too many Chiefs, Sheriffs, Colonels, County Commissioners, Legislators, City Councils, City Managers, County Administrators and Mayors across the United States is the notion of “do more with less.” What a stupid, stupid thing to believe and a stupid thing to say. It betrays an… Read more →

I Think A Lot About The Future – I Plan To Spend The Rest Of My Life There

We only have the past – and we have the future. I suggest that my friends, students and clients pick one … and stick with it. I predict that there will be a new generation attracted to, leading, participating in and supporting the law enforcement profession in the very near future. There will be communities that define a new, more… Read more →

Do Not Take Your Buddy's Paycheck For Granted

Do Not Take Your Buddy’s Paycheck For Granted

Recently a long-time friend retired as Chief of Police. After he had been at home for a few weeks, he called me. “Hi!” he said. “Greetings, my Friend!” I replied. “I need your help with a little thing. You see, I am increasingly concerned that my wife is going to kill me in my sleep.” “What?!!!” I responded, knowing his… Read more →

You And I Are Not Above Saying, “I love you.”

Please, please listen to one another. Before you blow that off, look around you. There are too many broken family relationships, too much negativism and hopelessness in the workplace, too much child abuse, too much domestic violence, too many people with financial, drug, alcohol and coping problems, and, my friends, too fn many suicides. Please, please, LISTEN to one another…. Read more →

What Are You Waiting For, Permission? Here It Is ...

What Are You Waiting For, Permission? Here It Is …

Rid the ranks of the “It won’t work” and replace those folks with, “How can I help?” Rid the ranks of “Us versus Them” and replace those folks with “Let’s build coalitions.” Rid the ranks of “They are out to get us” and replace those folks with “We need to listen, adapt and focus on Strategic Advantage.” Rid the ranks… Read more →

Lead Or Whine. Your Call.

As I surf about LinkedIn, Facebook and other social media sites I am struck by the number of posts – ostensibly written by titled LEO professionals – portraying Law Enforcement as a “victim.” Those posts are then commented upon by people who pile on – against community, media, the courts, and a lot of “others” – using extremely disparaging language… Read more →

Today’s WTF Are You Doing?! Scolding:

C’mon, folks, where are the photos and stories of the good work you’re doing to improve people’s lives, the community member testimonials on your behalf, the hourly highlights of everyday heroines and heroes among your ranks??!! Why are you not flooding social media with those on an hourly basis? Where are the voices of your Mayor, City Council, County Commission,… Read more →

Can't Wait To Get 'Back To Normal'?

Can’t Wait To Get ‘Back To Normal’?

I mentioned this a couple of weeks ago: Stop Pretending. The U.S.A. is never going to be “normal” again … as if “normal” is a good thing A microscopic entity is doing what no politician, banker, physician, philosopher, attorney, arm-waving televangelical or madman could do. It has changed the trajectory of our culture in the United States of America. We’re… Read more →

Effective Versus Ineffective Choices: What Co-Workers Expect From Us

Effective Versus Ineffective Choices: What Co-Workers Expect From Us

Effective: “result,” from O.Fr. effect, from L. effectus “accomplishment, performance,” from stem of efficere “work out, accomplish,” from ex- “out” + facere “to do” Efficient: “making,” from L. efficientem (nom. efficiens), prp. of efficere “work out, accomplish” A few years ago I had the honor of crafting a speech based upon hundreds of interviews with people in leadership academies and… Read more →

The Effective Job Performance Review

The Effective Job Performance Review

First, a little Bedtime Story for all employees – particularly for those who might think this organization exists to give them a job: Once upon a time there was a magical place where ones continued employment and promotional opportunities were predicated upon their willingness to demonstrate more value-added in the workplace than the sum of the resources they consumed. The… Read more →

Maintaining Public Trust

As organizations throughout the United States start to form “committees” and “task forces” and other group discussion forums to deal with the issue of “Maintaining Public Trust,” I offer a few thoughts. Please consider resisting – if not downright denouncing – any effort by anyone to turn the issue of “Maintaining Public Trust” into some sort of “project” (with project… Read more →

The Results Leader's Checklist

The Results Leader’s Checklist

Before anyone launches into “doing the budget” by filling out an Excel spreadsheet or myriad county/city budget forms, there are a few items effective Leaders must consider—not the least of which are, “If we have two systems, we have no system…”; “The only way to rationally dismantle an organization is if you have built it rationally to begin with…”; and,… Read more →