Leader Development

For Meaningful Lasting Results, Get Into the Weeds…and Identify Root Causes

fishing weeds

I have over the years often heard the term “we need to get out of the weeds and solve this problem” I have even heard “I don’t want to hear the problem give me the solutions!” Whatever happened to Charles Kettering‘s idea that; “A problem well stated is a problem half-solved?”


Being a leader takes action and self-motivation. A leader isn’t born over night and it may take someone months, years, or a life time to find what type of leader they should be. For those of us who have the motivation and drive to be a leader or those who want to be a leader, we must find what works for us. There are those lucky ones out there who just do what comes natural and it works for them, but for others we need to research and find what has worked and try to adapt a few of those tools to find out which ones work for us.

Adaptive Leadership is Purposeful Learning in Real Time

In the book “The Practice of Adaptive Leadership: Tools and Tactics for Changing Your Organization and the World” the authors describe adaptive leadership as “a practical leadership framework that helps individuals and organizations adapt and thrive in challenging environments. It is being able, both individually and collectively, to take on the gradual but meaningful process of adaptation.

Growing Leaders Who Practice Mission Command and Win the Peace, Lt. Col. Douglas A. Pryer, U.S. Army


“So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.” ~F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

A Philosophy’s German Birth and American Adoption

Have You Thought About Why You Choose To Lead?

In his great book "Start With Why: How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Take Action" Simon Sinek inspires leaders to look into the WHY they chose to lead. He talks about how important it is to start with the question WHY. He says many start with what they do. WHAT: Every single organization on the planet knows WHAT they do. Some people know HOW they do WHAT they do. But WHY? Very few people can articulate WHY they do WHAT they do.

Incident Command: the big picture by Louis Hayes

Over the past few weeks, I have been re-engineering Police Incident Command according to The Illinois Model law enforcement operations system (LEOpSys). Most of the ideas aren't earth-shattering, but they suggest some small adjustments to the nationally-mandated program. The first several posts lay some foundation into our vision of what IC should be.

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