You Never Stop Learning

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There was a saying at Cherry Hill Jr. High School, “You haven’t arrived until the day you die.” At that age, I didn’t know what they were talking about. Our teachers dressed like they’d arrived years ago, with their smartly pressed suits, pristine dresses and gleaming shoes. As I got older, I began to understand more, and in essence, it’s … Read More

Opportunity Knocks at the Wrong Time

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One way in which we create better lives for ourselves is in seizing opportunities when they are presented to us in life, this is advice I’ve given to you consistently throughout this book. As a general rule, it’s a very good one but, like some rules in life, there are times when it needs to be broken. I’m not afraid … Read More

The Rise and Fall of the Black Cop in Baltimore

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The Black Cop In Baltimore Baltimore has one of the most diverse police forces in the country. So why are community relations still so bad? By Joel Anderson BuzzFeed News Reporter   Like many of the boys in his neighborhood, Leonard Hamm learned early to be wary of the police officers — many of them black like him — who patrolled … Read More

Study Your Weaknesses So They Become Strengths

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One fact that may surprise you. I was a sergeant in the Baltimore Police Department for 14 years. You see, my progression to the role of Police Commissioner wasn’t plain sailing. It was the result of years of dedicated work and effort, consistently working on myself as I’ve advised you to do throughout this book. The examination results came out in a listing … Read More

A Leader Wants a Challenge

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Leaders need challenges. Fact. They need them to stay sharp and constantly hone their skillsets. That was the reason I accepted the challenge to teach in my current position at Coppin State University. What can be more of a challenge than standing in front of a group of young adult? Teaching those young students sharpens my writing skills, my lecturing … Read More

Stretch Yourself

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  To stretch myself meant taking me beyond the boundies of my conscious reality. Stretching yourself means being the best you can be. It means never settling for second best. It means striving to be better, setting yourself an impossible goal. Imagine an athlete, a high jumper who sets his target height at such a level that clearing it would … Read More

When Leadership Fails

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All leaders fail. I don’t care who they are or what positions they hold in life. At some point, every single leader fails. I’m going to give you an example of this from the Bible, namely the Book of Acts 13:22 “And when he had removed him he raised up unto them David to be their king; to whom also he … Read More

Wartime or Peacetime?

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As a leader going into a completely new situation, whether within the same organization or a new one you have to draw on the qualities we discussed in the previous chapter, Leadership Isn’t Easy. Delving into those qualities and adopting a resilient attitude is essential so you know within yourself that whatever situation you’re facing, you’re going to make it … Read More

Leadership Isn’t Easy

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Let’s get one thing straight before we begin this chapter. Leadership isn’t easy. Yes, there’s a plethora of information out there on leadership. Endless books have been written on the traits of great leaders and how to become one but there’s a problem. Most people writing about leadership haven’t experienced life as a leader themselves for the most part. To … Read More

The Power Of Agitation – Understand It

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The definition of agitation:- ‘Extreme emotional disturbance; perturbation. The stirring up of public interest in a matter of controversy, such as a political or social issue.’ When people hear the word ‘agitation’ they tend to focus on its negative connotations. When I say agitation I’m referring to the second of those definitions you see at the opening of this chapter – ‘the stirring up … Read More