The Employment Neighborhood

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For most of us, the biggest neighborhood we encounter during the course of our lives is the employment neighborhood. Your job. Your career. The environment where you spend most of your adult life. Thirty seven years of my life were spent in the Baltimore Police Department, with over 40 spent in law enforcement in total – so far! Naturally, the … Read More

Understanding Your Neighborhood Limits

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Understanding whether your neighborhood has an expiration date or whether it has a range of levels has to be assessed. Assess yourself: Carry out a SWOT analysis. Write down your Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats. Listen to your intuition: Something deep inside of me told me I had to get out of Cherry Hill, something connected to the uneasiness and … Read More

Get Out of Your Neighborhood

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Doing what’s good for you rather than doing what’s popular typically means escaping your neighborhood, stepping out of your comfort zone in order to realize your vision. That neighborhood isn’t exclusively a geographical location: it encompasses your whole environment. Neighborhoods come in different forms in our lives. My first neighborhood was, of course, Cherry Hill. Geographically it’s located on the … Read More

The Story of Marcus Brown

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Marcus Brown is a perfect example of what I mean by the statement above. For a time as Police Commissioner, my second in command was on extended leave due to injury, but I needed to hire a temporary replacement. Traditionally, you follow the chain of command and appoint a colonel or someone of a similar rank. I broke with that … Read More

Make it personal: The Story of John Skinner

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During my time as Police Commissioner, John Skinner was the Commanding Officer of Central District with the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. John was well respected, doing a great job that he loved, and that showed in the way he conducted himself and his achievements in the role. Now, we were experiencing high crime levels in the Western District, and we … Read More

Seven Steps to Successful Leadership

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Observe: The first action you must take when you join an organization is to determine if you are facing a wartime or peacetime situation. Wartime is represented by chaos and confusion and teams who have lost their sense of direction. In a peacetime situation, your organization ‘does what it says on the can’ which gives you the time to sit … Read More

The Rules for Successful Organizations

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For an organization to succeed, you have to be who you say you are. Visit the offices of any successful corporation, especially the global brands, and you’ll see a mission statement. That mission statement will reveal the company’s core values and their vision. It’s usually on a plaque on the wall, proudly displayed for all to see. When you enter … Read More

Becoming A Winner

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So let’s turn that on its head for a moment. How do you, as a leader, communicate your vision to your team and get that buy-in? It’s simple. You work on yourself; you lead by example. Now, here’s the thing. Maybe you’re struggling to get your team to buy-in to your vision. Perhaps they won’t follow the system you lay … Read More

It All Starts With You

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We’ve talked about teams, getting buy-in and working together, but fundamentally a team is a collection of individuals. To be part of a successful team, you have to develop the positive habits that will see you through your life, for example: • Self-discipline • Trustworthiness • Timeliness (don’t show up late for appointments, meetings or sports practice, it’s bad form) … Read More

Learn How to Win and Learn How to Lose

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I n an ideal world, most of us would win every day. Legendary football coach Vince Lombardi summed up the feelings of the majority of the American people when he claimed, “‘Winning isn’t everything. It’s the only thing.” You might be surprised to learn that later he changed that viewpoint. You see, as well as learning how to win, we … Read More