Wednesday, October 19, 2005

I do worry about the police's management training

Recently I was watching an episode of Waking the Dead (for those unfamiliar with this BBC drama it is about a "cold case squad" who work old cases). The head of the squad regularly berates his team for missing things, for not caring, for failing; he has recently taken to beating suspects.

I wonder if I could get away with this management style? I rather think not; beating a trader around the head (however tempting) would not go down well and shouting at one of my small team, "You got it wrong, didn't you? Didn't you? You did, didn't you? You got it wrong and you don't want to admit it."

Surely this is a sad judgement on the management training in the police force? Aside from the seething resentment that being such a tough boss can generate in the team environment, the risk of looking like a complete wanker is also worth bringing to any manager's attention.

This things are in my mind at the moment: time to write my team's appraisal and to be appraised. Hmmmm. I have found a candidate I wish to hire - this is the additional person for my team that was part of the agreement for me to withdraw my resignation. Now they are hesitating.

Management. Sigh.

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