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.
Love it Denny! I had no idea that you were a competition rifle shooter. That is really cool! It was very difficult but incredibly fun and a great experience. =)
I used to be a competition rifle shooter. I competed in some rifle tournaments at that shooting range when the Seattle Police Department still shared it with a local club. In the photo of you with your target, I think I saw some blackberry bushes. I grazed each time we went to change targets.
I agree that you can learn leadership and business skills from shooting. I agree with you about the right tools and practice. I also learned that YOU are the one who has to be in control of what you are doing in order for us to have success.
I love shooting. I love to teach shooting. It's just a great hobby.
Lisa @ Serah's says
Love the business tips! I’ve gone shooting before but never realized how much I can learn about business through my other activities.
And I now know where to find my next shooting range partner!
Teresa R says
Really great business tips! And you’re so cute! ;D
Barbara J Carter says
Those are some terrific lessons! Thank you for sharing them with us.
Looks like it was a great day. That is quite impressive that you could get back up easily with that extra weight.
The “hire for enthusiasm” is a great point.
As always, thank you for sharing such great information.
Thanks – I felt a bit like Gumby.
But, when they made us lay down and then try to get back up? I got back up fairly easily. It must be the yoga I’ve been doing lately =)
jennie w. says
Love that bomb squad outfit. You look like a Pokemon character!