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Old school discipline

I was having a conversation over dinner last night with a colleague who is retired USSS and we were talking about our past departments.
The conversation evolved around old school mentality and the way supervisors led. More specifically the conversation was about how you never heard a word from them unless you screwed up. In the 80’s the mentality of the Maryland State Police was different There was less “line patrol” or traffic enforcement and more pure policing. We did everything. There was alot of pressure living up to the mystique of an MSP trooper which has been lost when the standards were lowered.
The pressure flowed down the ranks like water on a mountain.
In saying that you never got a compliment for doing a good job. That was expected of you but you did hear about it when you screwed up. This management style is terrible and I dont utilize this method.
When my guys do a good job I give them uplift but I do enforce bad behavior.
Last year we did a major detail in DC. I let marks brother cut his teeth in close in protection on a 7 man team. He did an advance and Mark questioned his every step. But he did a good job. I encouraged him and applauded his efforts.
Mark was more concerned about his failure.

1 comment

  1. Mark

    Similar to that other fine organization you are a member of, I think this thing of ours is special because of the relationships and expectations related to the mission. Due to that I am a strong believer in process and unfortunately far to many rookies and some so called vets in our craft either have no value for or even know how to appreciate so many of the small and sometimes hidden critical ingredients. You and I speak often of the cream and what it takes to get there. While I appreciate all have views and opinions on the navigation to that end I am confident in mine especially when the new journeyman is my younger brother. He posses all the natural attributes to walk with us but he will NOT be like some and assume that just because he checked some badges at a ballroom and was wearing a pig tail while doing it, he now knows how to conduct an 11 point advance and design the crisi management pathways related and of course do EFFECTIVE close in craft. One thing I think is lost in much of the training these days is that so many EXPERTS talk about the how but so few really get into the WHY. Understanding the why and the importance in appreciating the value in it's understanding is where the cream is that you and I strive for everyday. While I may have a cartoons approach my convos offline reassured him on what it means to be respected for craftwork and especially by his brothers close friend. I am proud to say that he knows the tenacity, integrity, zeal and sacrifice the cream requires. He STILL wants what we have, partly because he sees how we are fanatical about even the little things in tactics, knowledge and how a client views their protection thus gaining the confidence required to listen to the guidance and instruction offered when seconds matter. When I was a Marine recruit I had four DIs, three basically took me on an aggressive track to show me where the devil lays his head; the fourth was the senior and provided this recruit with an available yet stern shoulder with a glimpse of what this recruit could have if the recruit can withstand it's nose being pushed into the devils left behinds. The hidden value in that process was not only appreciating the journey and how mitigating the chaos in and around me prepared me for real word Bedlum, it was the first block in building my willingness to sacrifice for my brothers, my corps and now my craft and those that walk the formation with me. Those that know me know i am not talking about the famed "golden bullet" so many are hungry for but the integrity to answer the detail leader honestly when asked if one knows whats on the other side of a door and the zeal behind knowing how high the curb is at the drop or what direction each door knob rotates in the Principal's choreography, ha ha. So in closing I would ask to respectully submit that my concern was not for his failure but more for him understanding he must be tenacious in his CARE not to fail.

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