Thought on Discipline: A Great Podcast Series from All Marine Radio, Every Police Leader Should Listen To

In policing we often wonder why the effectiveness of our organizations is less than we desire. We ponder all kinds of reasons, such as; budgets, time, the legal and liability effects. We label people as malcontents, nonconformists, or poor performers, or perhaps poor policies and procedures, rules and regulations and poor or inconsistent training. Failure to hold people accountable and a lack of discipline are also discussed at length. But what is discipline and how do we influence to its ultimate level that is SELF DISCIPLINE?

Discussions about people and how they perform are important and all too often focus on the coercive method of discipline and accountability dealt out in a progressive way to weed out the problem people with letters of reprimand, suspensions that can ultimately lead to job termination. In other words PUNISHMENT! Is this really what discipline is all about, punishment, coercion and use of force in an effort to gain compliance?

In this series from All Marine Radio: Thoughts On Discipline they focus on the critical question; is there something more to the word discipline and its positive influence on people and their effectiveness, when discipline is used persuasively to develop those you lead?

Attitude means everything when it comes to how we perform, leaders must ensure that positive attitudes are kept a flamed through creative and rewarding work while negative attitudes are snuffed out and then sparked and kindled through positive leadership practices that create and nurture a positive and cohesive spirit that leads to self-discipline and a willingness to perform at a high level of professionalism.

In policing we often lose sight of how and why this is done. We often discipline people even the positive people with a zero defects climate. No mistakes even if they are good mistakes that evolve our learning the attitude is we must discipline in the negative sense of the word, as in to punish.

In this series "Thoughts On Discipline" LTGen Paul K. Van Riper (Ret), LTGen Dennis Hjelik, General James N. Mattis, and MAJGen Dave Furness, all give great candid and frank discourse on discipline. Every police leader should listen. The lessons contained in each podcast are of great value. I listed to everyone of them and i highly recommend this Thoughts On Discipline Series from All Marine radio.

Stay Oriented!

Fred