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About stephenomeara

My name is Jim Jordan. I have had the privilege of working with the Boston Police Department and hundreds more departments over my nearly 30-year career in police administration and city government. I am now teaching and consulting independently at www.sergeantsleadership.org. I have learned the best of what I know from the thousands of smart, dedicated and ethical police personnel and scholars who have guided me along the way. My address is named for the great Reform commissioner of the Boston Police at the turn of the 20th century. Commissioner O'Meara died just a short while before the Strike in 1919. He was replaced by a vicious puppet (of Gov. Coolidge) named Edwin U. Curtis. Had O'Meara lived events may have turned out quite differently.

Surviving Inside and Out: A Strategy for Helping Officers Cope

Denver Police Chief Robert White is seeking to take action on officers’ abuse of alcohol after a string of incidents that have cast the Department in a negative light.  We applaud Chief White for this step. Denver police chief orders … Continue reading

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Corridor Conversations Has a New Home

We’re Moving Down the Corridor. Corridor Conversations is moving down the corridor to our new home at psleaders.com. This is also the new home of The Sergeants’ Leadership Program. We’ve broadened our offerings in professional development and organizational consulting so … Continue reading

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Cognitive bias, gender and leadership: The Necessity of Managing Our Brains

“It’s a mistake to assume that gender bias is only or mainly about misogynists,” said Susan Fiske, a psychology professor at Princeton University and the editor of the hurricane study. “Much gender bias is more automatic, ambiguous and ambivalent than … Continue reading

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Harvard: Coaching Matters!

Amy Cuddy, Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman at Harvard Business School are leaders in applying new research in neuroscience to the business of organizational leadership.  The evidence that Zenger and Folkman summarize in the blog post below reinforces Cuddy’s finding, discussed … Continue reading

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New Crime Stats Program is on the Horizon

Prof. Gary Cordner called this to our attention via his blog, “Modern Policing.”  The prestigious National Research Council is tackling the question of establishing more integrated and meaningful programs of crime data gathering, analysis  and reporting. For MA folks, you’ll … Continue reading

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How Are Your Filters Doing?

Time to clean our listening filters?  Take a look at this think piece from http://www.management-issues.com by Peter Vajda. Try this visualization exercise. Imagine going through your day with large coffee-maker filters over your ears. Imagine that in each conversation you experience, … Continue reading

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Hypervigilance at work?

Did extended exposure to untreated effects of hypervigilance play a role in the situation in which Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl lived and acted?  Take a look at this background piece in today’s New York Times about the Sgt. Bergdahl case. http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/08/us/us-soldier-bowe-bergdahl-case-highlights-a-unit-known-for-troubles.html?hpContinue reading

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