April 7, 2020

7 TED Talks Every Law Enforcement Leader Should Binge

Dave Kelly

Topic:   Industry Focus

The law enforcement organizations that thrive in challenging times are those with leaders who are open to new ideas – and new ways to put those ideas into action. Like I often say, “When you stop learning you stop growing.” Here are seven TED Talks – on topics both obvious and less so – that are sure to expand the skill sets of law enforcement leaders.

1. If You Want to Disrupt Bureaucracy…

 
Psychology expert Barry Schwartz explains how to overcome the most change-preventing structures and assumptions that plague any bureaucracy (Ed. note: From the old French for “government by desk”). This talk offers lots of hope and ideas.

2. If You Want a Small Fix That Leads to Big Change…

 
TED Fellow Ivonne Roman, a former chief of police, explains how implementing a simple change in physical fitness tests could help build a more balanced police force, benefiting communities and officers alike. Hint: women comprise less than 15 percent of most departments.

3. If You Want a New Way to Think About Tech…

 
Boston Consulting Group consultant Nadjia Yousif argues that the key to working more seamlessly with workplace technologies is to “… treat them like peers and colleagues“?! That she argues it persuasively and humorously is a bonus!
4. If You Want to Be the Best Version of Yourself…

 
Author and surgeon Atul Gawande asserts that we shouldn’t assume the benefits of coaching stop when we quit Pop Warner or piano lessons. Every leader can get better with coaching, and any subordinate can be coached up.

5. If You Want a Global Perspective…

 
If you think creating a data-forward police force is a challenge, imagine digitizing a whole country. Branding expert Anna Piperal lived through the electronic rebuilding of her country, Estonia, and many of the macro principles in her story will resonate with those entrusted with making smaller-scale, enterprise-wide changes.

6. If You Want a Dose of Inspiration…

 
Former Baltimore PD commander Melvin Russell – a self-described “black preacher” in his spare time – explains how he overcame the “isms and schisms” that prevent departments and officers from creating true bonds with their communities.

7. If You Want a Bad Night’s Sleep…

 
Marc Goodman, a former cop and bestselling author of Future Crimes, outlines just a few – that is, more than enough – of the ominous ways in which technology is going to change crime. More than a “scared straight” talk, this is a powerful if implicit argument for staying ahead of the technology curve.