Dare to Be Great

Date: October 18, 2017
Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Event: Dare to Be Great
Sponsor: Brian Willis
Venue: Georgia Tech Research Institute
Location: 250 14th Street NW
Atlanta, Georgia 30318
Public: Public
Registration: Click here to register.

“Why Are You Here?” Jumpstarting Meetings and More

I’ve got this stack of Fast Company hard copies that I’m slowly working through. Very slowly. I was in a 2014 issue, and a blurb by Stephanie Vozza caught my eye. She shared ways to make meetings better, faster, and more fun. Under “Faster,” she shared author Dick Axelrod’s idea of “asking participants to share what they need to do or say to be fully attentive.” Good stuff. Jamey Magazines

I used to work at a company with a similar practice. Before meetings and workshops, we’d ask what the “needs and expectations” were. This did two things. It allowed the group leader to understand where participants were mentally, and thereby engage with them more effectively. It also jumpstarted the engagement process by inviting participants to share something personal up front.

Everyone is Talking about New Year’s Resolutions

Everyone is talking about New Year’s Resolutions—either embracing them, making them, or rejecting them outright.  All over social media, I’ve been reading about why this can be my best year yet…how to set achievable goals…or why I’m better off not making any goals for the new year.  Truth be told—I’m a skeptic and a little caught up in my head about this.  Do I want to achieve great things this year?  Of course, YES!  Do I want to change some things about myself?  For sure, YES!  Do I want to set myself up for failure and disappointment?  Heck NO!  So what do I do?  Goal-set or not?

Everybody’s a Critic

Hanging on the wall in my office is a large print with a portion of President Theodore Roosevelt’s Citizenship in a Republic speech delivered at the Sorbonne in Paris France in 1910.  Most people recognize the speech by a section commonly known as The Man In The Arena.Roosevelt

It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better.

Are you a Warrior or a Guardian?

Maybe that vein in your neck bulges just to hear the question.

You’re not alone. Gauntlets are being thrown against both words. Seth Stoughton calls the warrior mentality a “Problem.” Dave Smith calls a guardian mindset the position of “uninformed activists.”

The topic cuts to the core of identity as law enforcement officers. Who are you in uniform? Who are you when you take the uniform off? Who are you at the core?

Why Men Should Think More Like Women

“I cannot trust a man to control others who cannot control himself. “
~ Robert E. Lee

6 Seconds, an international corporation invested in building emotional intelligence (EQ) around the world, presented a webinar on gender and leadership.  The online session examined the differing emotional competencies between men and women in leadership positions.

High performers of either gender displayed a high level of EQ.  But the breakdown between men and women were inverse images! 

It’s Time…

The attacks in Paris have once again reminded us of the pure evil that exists in this world.  As American law enforcement agencies continue to struggle with a false narrative that permeates social media, law enforcement leaders need to step up and prepare for what might be.  After September 11, 2001 law enforcement officers were at the center of an outpouring of support around the country.  I’ll never forget how proud I felt to be part of this profession in the aftermath of those horrific attacks.  I stood ready to defend my fellow officers, our communities and our country from the radical misguided beliefs that had attacked the very core of the belief system that made America great.