The Cultural Revolution

Firemen | Because Cops Need Heros Too

In honor of the 2014 Thibodaux Volunteer Fire Department’s world-famous “Fireman’s Fair,” I want to take this weekend to say THANK YOU! What do you get when mix Red and Blue? In Thibodaux, Louisiana you get a great group of committed public servants working together to protect the lives and properties of our citizens and visitors. This week is yours TVFD! The History The town of Thibodaux purchased equipment on April 3, 1843, consisting of 150 feet of hose and a dozen []

Different Ideas for Developing Future Leaders

By the16percent on April 3, 2014 Even though the recent recession postponed retirement for many Baby Boomers, it didn’t eliminate it; and now many of them are exiting the workforce stage left. Because of this reality, many innovative organizations in both the private and public sectors are developing creative ways to develop effective leaders. Here’s a quick look at three unique approaches that could help prepare your team for the future: Leader-Lend Toyota has modeled this with great success. They created a diverse team of []

Lead Thyself

Lead Thyself: Quick Tips for Those Managing Themselves There’s a common misconception regarding the title of “leader”: You don’t have to be a manager or a supervisor in order to lead.  If you’re providing direction or support to fellow colleagues, you’re a leader.  More importantly, being a leader starts with being able to manage yourself effectively. If you one day wish to move up the corporate ladder and lead others, you must start with yourself.  Even if you have no interest in entering []

Leadership, Smeadership | Get your own coffee

I’m often asked by officers, media and my college students about leadership. Seldom is asked what it takes to be led, or how to actually lead; but mostly when do “I get a chance to lead” or “I want to lead now.” I appreciate the enthusiasm, and if sincere, the desire to offer themselves up for the sacrifice to lead others. Sacrifice? Did you say “sacrifice?” No one ever mentioned sacrifice. Guess what? Servant leadership requires sacrifice. You must understand that to []

Silence in Policing | A Cultural Revolution

NOTE: Going back through articles I’ve written, this was and still is an important issue in the profession and use of social media by law enforcement. Police Silence in Research This post covers law enforcement’s “Code,” and the blue culture of police silence. I spent several years researching this culture during an anthropological ethnography for my doctorate degree. Going back into my research, I decided to use that as my source for drawing information for this post about the influence of Police []

When God has a Message | Just hush

Developing a talking theme for the year’s last quarter, I thought about leadership. Everyday my inbox is inundated with training solicitations for courses on leadership. Sure, everyone wants to lead, guide, direct and command. It’s our manifest destiny standing at the helm with a sword in one hand inspiring the troops. Today we can learn how to do it for a very reasonable registration fee, travel, hotel and per diem. Then I thought about learning to serve instead. Jotting ideas of what our commission as public servants []