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Useless Minds

“A panicked mind is a useless mind.” –Laurence Gonzales It’s useless because it brings nothing to the table. It doesn’t contribute to the solution. In fact, it can make the situation worse. Why, then, do our officers panic? Quite simply, they aren’t prepared. Their mind isn’t prepared for whatever the

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Don’t Jump Too Quickly

This week I was reading an article in Harvard Business Review called 6 Strategies for Leading Through Uncertainty. One of the strategies really hit home for me and I’d like to share my thoughts with you. One of the strategies discussed by the author is the to resist oversimplifications and

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After the Shift

Officer safety doesn’t end when your shift is over. It doesn’t end when you walk out of the station or when you get out of your uniform. Officer safety should cover way more than that. We have written about it here before, but the threat still exists. Too many of

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Make Sure They See You

If you’ve ever been to a Command Presence class, you know that we are big fans of the Arbinger Institute. They have some incredible material that is worth your time and effort. One of the things that they stress is the importance of seeing people as people, not as objects.

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Tightly Coupled

Many people refer to criminal justice agencies as paramilitary organizations. And in many ways perhaps they are. There is a rank structure, a clear chain of command, and some even have general orders. So, there are similarities. And it works well – at least most of the time. But sometimes

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Time Not Wasted

I figure now is as good a time as any to make it official – I am a HUGE John Wooden fan. I was able to finish his book on leadership while on a plane today. If you haven’t read it, you should. The book is filled with incredible leadership

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