In Dugan's letter, he announces a very important meeting:
- In the next couple of days, I expect Area Deputy Chiefs and the ADS SFG to meet with your respective District/Unit Commanders and kick around ideas to accomplish the mission. Wednesday afternoon I will be meeting with the Deputy Chiefs to discuss what ideas you have come up with.
This is it! This is the big day! This is where our "WARRIOR LEADERS" determine the entirely new direction the Department will be taking! We are shivering with anticipation.
Of course, if this is like the last few meetings held downtown, Commanders won't be allowed to bring up issues like manpower shortages, equipment breakdowns and unrealistic expectations on an overburdened Patrol Division:
- Don't let our previous ways of doing things get in the way of your creative ideas. I'm really tired of hearing "we can't do it because...." You have the mission, how are we going to get it done?
He's "really tired if hearing "we can't do it because..."" How about listening to the "because" and address that? That isn't whining - that's someone explaining the limits of human endurance, the assets required for a satisfactory job completion, prioritizing of jobs, and the frustration of coppers who have to execute the "mission" within an artificial time limit that doesn't take into consideration the reality on scene.
Prediction - not one single exempt member will stand up and say, "We are unable to accomplish the mission with the assets currently available." J-Fed, Bea, Dan, Jimmy won't allow that - they'll make noises and threaten to find someone who will "get the job done if you can't," completely disregarding that the next poor sap will have learned only to tell them what they want to hear and invent new and improved excuses for the shortfalls at the next "accountability" meeting.
The problem is the mission. At some point, we have to stop trying to go over the mountain and find a path around it. It might take a bit longer, but it's easier, the scenery is nicer and you end up where you wanted to be anyway. Again, this is a failure of leadership. Nothing less.
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