The Boston Globe today features a richly deserved tribute to Commissioner Ed Davis, for what old friend Chuck Wexler called, summoning Hemingway’s definition of course, “grace under pressure.” That is beyond any question. Any time you need reassurance in the days and times ahead just watch the Commish on what I am sure will be his clips on YouTube. Ed Davis is a rock star, with rock drawing on its geological and musical meanings.
In my opinion the bigger lesson Ed taught us is about making decisions. What struck me?
- Behaving humbly is not only the right thing to do, it’s the way to do the thing right. Humility is the key to enhancing your authority and power to complete what you came to do. Do so and a million stubborn and opinionated people will get out of your way just for the asking.
- Never succumb to situational values. Even in transmitting the news of the moment never lose track of your core values and your larger goal.
- Put first things first. Protect the innocent, including the cops, first and always.
- Be as well-prepared and -equipped as is humanly feasible to do your duty.
- Make only those promises you can keep.
- Maintain the moral high ground despite its inherent tactical disadvantages because that is a big part of what you’re protecting.