Don’t Pull Your Own Trigger

(Bit of an add-on to my last blog, but important, anyway.) It’s the week after Mental Health Awareness Week, which is the UK’s week-long answer to the American Mental Health Awareness Month – maybe a reflection of our shorter attention span or their inability to understand things quickly, who knows?  During this period I haveContinue reading “Don’t Pull Your Own Trigger”

Question Your Attitude Towards ‘Time Management’.

Attitudes to Time Management vary. When I use this title, I am not referring to how people ‘see’ time management as a method, or technique, or as a great big pile of ‘new stuff to learn’. No, what I intend to address here is more about people’s attitude towards whether or not they actually wantContinue reading “Question Your Attitude Towards ‘Time Management’.”

Effective Memo Management

You’d be amazed how badly people deal with incoming mail. Not e-mail – that’s an essay in and of itself, but paperwork, including documentation received through electronic case management systems as well as internal memoranda and general mail. The main problem is a reluctance to deal with it, and that reluctance comes from the factContinue reading “Effective Memo Management”

Push Their Stuff Away With Your Stuff -When You Can.

One of the key psychological barriers to stress-free living is the internal conflict that arises between what others require us to do and what we want to do. Most of the time and for most people, we choose our professions and we love to do what our professions require of us. Unfortunately, what we perceivedContinue reading “Push Their Stuff Away With Your Stuff -When You Can.”

Help! I need input from those ‘young in service’ officers and staff.

I want to know what methods newer staff are being taught that helps them cope with their workload. If any.

Brief Backwards – Put your Team before the Organisation

That’s a title that most managers would consider an anathema to good policing, but it really isn’t a threat to good order and effectiveness. In fact, I would argue it will enhance effectiveness big time. I shall explain. The traditional operational briefing process starts with what’s new and needs attention, followed by some justified sighingContinue reading “Brief Backwards – Put your Team before the Organisation”

Utilising ‘Nothing To Do’ Time

Yes, I know. “What’s he on about, when do we have nothing to do?” More than you think. For example, front office duties at night (assuming yours hasn’t been shut) or on early weekend mornings; scene guard ‘after hours’; that moment when you’ve arrived early for an appointment; waiting around in Court to give evidenceContinue reading “Utilising ‘Nothing To Do’ Time”

You HAVE to Let It Lie.

This might not seem to be about policing, but bear with me because it really is. I am executing a will. It is an easy will, but despite being a qualified legal executive (which was handy in police work, believe it or not) I have found the process to be somewhat wearing. Just as youContinue reading “You HAVE to Let It Lie.”

Time Mismanagement – Involuntary?

You’re busy, right? But how much of it is your own fault? You may think that your workload is entirely influenced by circumstance, and therefore take the view that the level of tasks you are stuck with are entirely out of your control. You may recall, from your rookie years, the old ‘self-generated work’ approachContinue reading “Time Mismanagement – Involuntary?”