What’s the message you are sending when:
- You are on the range teaching a firearms class and you are not wearing body armor.
- You make the recruits in the academy wear body armor and a full duty belt, but none of the instructors wear body armor and a full duty belt.
- You show up in uniform to introduce a Below 100 class and you are not wearing body armor or a full duty belt.
- You are sitting in the back of the room at the academy while another instructor is teaching and you are on your phone texting and checking e-mail and Facebook.
- You are sitting in the back of the room at the academy while another instructor is teaching and you are having a side conversation with another instructor.
- You are student in another instructors class and you come back late from the breaks and late from lunch.
- You are student in another instructors class and you are on your phone all day checking e-mail, texting and on Facebook.
- You rush in the door two minutes before you are supposed to start teaching a class and the class starts late because you are having trouble with your laptop.
- You are in a formal leadership position in your agency and you fail to take responsibility for your decisions and actions.
- You are in a formal leadership position and you fail to stand up and support your people.
“Your actions speak so loudly I cannot hear the words you say.”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
You are continually communicating. What’s the message you are sending? Are the messages from you actions and your words congruent? If not, people will believe your actions. It is easy to talk the talk. It is hard to walk the talk. This is one of my greatest challenges. What about you?
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