Thanks to the Seattle Police Foundation, I spent half a day with members of the Seattle Police Department on their shooting range and training course. It was a once-in-a-lifetime experience with lots of leadership lessons. The four top leadership lessons I walked away with were:
4. Hire for Enthusiasm not Genius – Seattle Chief of Police R. Gil Kerlikowske (that’s him in the above photo) told me that the number one business advice he would give to any small business owner was to “Hire for enthusiasm not genius.” He went on to explain that you can teach skills, improve reflexes and make new neural pathways but ingrained attitudes and joyful enthusiasm are difficult to train.
The half-day training was an amazing experience. The Seattle Police Foundation does a full day training once a year for community members and supporters. If you’re interested in learning more, click here to be taken to their site to request information.