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5 Leadership Rules from the SWAT Team

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If sixteen years (and counting) on the police SWAT team has taught me one thing, it's leadership development. Above providing all the tactical, team, and individual technical skills training, my team knows how to grow crops of leaders.
It's a cultural thing - where the first man on scene or the last woman standing is ready, willing, and prepared to make critical decisions...quite literally ones that may be ones of life-or-death. Whether the person is the top Commander, a mid-level supervisor, or the newest, least experienced person on the team, we preach leadership.
Here are five steadfast rules that guide our leader development:
1. Determine the goal and strategy.Big picture thinking is vital. With teams, it's easy for a member to zone-in on one's specific task or responsibility. Our people must always understand the overall objective and the broad, concept-based, strategic plan. Obedience to lower priority tactical or task plans that violate more important strategic pla…

Dressed For Success: Camouflage & Cufflinks

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Biographies are but the clothes and buttons of the man. The biography of the man himself cannot be written. - Mark Twain 
This week, the Minneapolis Police Department announced theirSWAT team is changing the color of their uniforms, from green and camouflage to more traditional navy blue. The decision was based on a Department desire to reduce the perception of an over-militarized force. 

Last night, I posted the news story to a few social media platforms to confirm my hypothesis: Police officers would dig in their heels against the move away from green or camouflage. 

And I was right. Copsaredefending the green and camo color scheme. But I hadn't suspected how passionately cops would defend the uniform color...and how aggressively they'd go on a counter-offensive against anyone who supported returning to navy blue. 

The whole debate caused me to sit back and consider, in a broader scale, how one's dress effects the emotions and encounter between the wearer and others.  

When I…