Last Sunday evening, officers were dispatched to investigate a call of an armed subject. When Aurora Police Department officers arrived on the scene, they concluded that is was domestic-related and subsequently surrounded the residence where it was purported that an armed male was held up.
More than a dozen police officers were present. They surrounded the residence, along with several other houses in the immediate vicinity. Officers heard a single gunshot ring out and immediately entered the home where they located a male with a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
Our own perception is based on the way we see the world. Anais Nin said, “We don’t see things as they are, we see things as we are.” Nin’s statement is especially true when it comes to leadership styles and managing others.
Policing is notoriously based on hierarchy and militaristic structures. The autocratic leader is ordinarily the style that is equated to police chiefs and command level officers. Autocratic leadership has been described as a dictatorship. In this situation, the leader’s word is “law.” The typical autocratic leader does not involve others in the decision making process. And this type of leader might resort to manipulation or even threats to accomplish their goals. I’ve worked for several supervisors that ruled with an iron fist and the only thing they accomplished was short-term compliance. I’ve learned through the years that you can buy a person’s back but you cannot buy their hearts. Under this leadership style, officers don’t feel valued and they won’t give any more than they are required.
While cyber-surfing the various crime blogs that I follow, I stumbled across a headline that read, “Riot shield sledding police officers reprimanded.” Intrigued by the “shield sledding” action verb, I couldn’t resist tapping into the bulk of the story. I must admit that I was expecting to read a story about police misconduct that would ignite my fury at police officers that recklessly tarnish the badge. What I found instead, was a group of police officers near Oxford, England, who were disciplined for using their riot shields to sled down a hill.
Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.
We can thank Apple for the snippet of wisdom they used in their 1997 advertising campaign for Apple products (video). Apple tapped into the intrinsic nature of human beings to question authority, to defy logic and to color outside the lines.
By now, you’ve probably heard of the hundreds of people who gathered on a major street in Washington, D.C. for a snowball fight that was organized through the popular social-networking site, Twitter. They showed up wearing earmuffs and long underwear with the intent of launching dollops of packed snow at each other all in good fun— and to demonstrate that the 24 inches of snow that had fallen wasn’t all bad! The gathering illustrated that “fun” is a relative word and one person’s idea of entertainment is not the same as another’s. Suffice it to say, the adult attendance for this impromptu event was abundant giving credence to the idea that snowballs make us regress to our 10 year old selves.
Because we are in the information technology age, naturally the event was captured on youtube.com and posted to the web almost immediately. In the video, snowballs of white filled the sky, with one snowflake mass striking a vehicle in the roadway. A man, obviously angry that a snowball hit his Hummer, exited the vehicle and brandished a gun [as seen here]. The police were summoned and in the video of the event, sirens are heard in the distance obviously heading to the scene.