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The Real-Life CSI
- APRIL 28, 2006
...TV makes it look easy to catch the bad guys. In
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Fingerprint Experts Remain Divided Over McKie
HERALD , UK
- April 27, 2006
...one third of fingerprint experts in the Scottish
service still refuse to accept there was a mistake in the McKie
Glasses to be Dusted for Prints in Killer Hunt
SCOTSMAN, UK - April 27, 2006 ...it is thought that dusting
for prints on glasses will allow potential or reluctant witnesses to
Bid to Gag Expert in McKie Case
SCOTSMAN, UK - April 23, 2006 ...attempt to gag a star
witness at the parliamentary inquiry into the McKie scandal...
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we saw an announcement regarding an upcoming overhaul of the SFS (SCRO).
we review an excellent article on
leadership. Occasionally a non-latent print related article comes
along that is profoundly beneficial to a wide audience including latent
print sections and supervisors. I believe this is such an article.
Five Key Traits of
By Patty Vogan
Discover the five leadership traits you can adopt to attract and retain
In the book, Lessons From the Top: The Search for America's Best Business
Leaders, Howard Schultz, the CEO of Starbucks, made the following
"I think it's very difficult to lead today when people are not really truly
participating in the decision. You won't be able to attract and retain great
people if they don't feel like they are part of the authorship of the
strategy and the authorship of the really critical issues. If you don't give
people an opportunity to really be engaged, they won't stay."
As an entrepreneur with employees, one of your primary goals is most likely
to attract and keep motivated workers. So let's explore the five key traits
that will help you become the kind of leader people love working for.
Key Trait #1: You must have a vision. We've all heard the saying "You must
stand for something, or you'll fall for everything." But what does that
really mean? Standing firm when it comes to your company's policies and
procedures is all well and good, but it doesn't speak to having a vision. As
a leader, you have to learn to communicate your vision or the vision of your
company to the people you want to follow you. But how can you do that?
Learn to paint a picture with words. Speak it, write it, draw it, touch it.
Whatever methods you can use to create a picture, do it. As they say, "A
picture is worth a thousand words." Ask each of the other managers in your
company to tell you, in their own words, about the vision of the company.
How close is it to what you thought they understood? Is your team on the
same page as you? As you work, your company's vision should be in your mind
every day, and you should reevaluate it occasionally so that it stays
current with the changing times in which we live. And remember, your staff
needs to be just as involved as you in keeping it up to date if you truly
want them to buy in on the vision. Be sure to keep your key players
Key Trait #2: You must have passion. Your employees want passion; in fact,
they'll go to the ends of earth because of it, live and die for it. Think of
the sailors who traveled with Christopher Columbus or Leif Ericsson to
explore uncharted territory. Their leaders' passion inspired them to take on
new and very dangerous challenges.
To build an extraordinary management team, you've got to light the "fire in
their bellies," to get them to feel passion about the company and connect to
the leader's vision. Passion is such a key part of being a great leader that
if you don't have it, you simply can't be a great leader. Think of all the
great leaders throughout the ages and try to name one that did not have
And passion is infectious: When you talk about your vision for the company,
let your passion for your vision shine through. Others will feel it and want
to get on board with you. If you don't have passion for your vision, you
need to recreate your vision or reframe your description of your vision so
it's connected to your passion.
Key Trait #3: You must learn to be a great decision maker. How are major
decisions made in your company? What is your process for making them? For
instance, do you talk to your management team and create a list of pros and
cons to help you make the best decision? Maybe you conduct a cost analysis.
Or do you create a timeline for the implementation strategy, process and
Some leaders have a set process, and others fly by the seat of their pants.
But you don't want to be one of those leaders who consults no one before
making a decision, announces the change the next day and then gets
frustrated when no one follows it. If you're one of those, I urge you to
implement a set process.
In fact, here's a system you can use to become a better decision maker. It's
called the Q-CAT:
Q = Quick. Be quick but not hasty. C = Committed. Be committed to your
decision but not rigid. A = Analytical. Be analytical, but don't
over-analyze (Too much analysis can cause paralysis.) T = Thoughtful. Be
thoughtful about all concerned, but don't be obsessive.
When you use the Q-CAT, it'll help you to decide when to bring others into
the process and what steps need to be taken to help you make better
Key Trait #4: You must be a team builder. To become a great leader, you must
develop a great team or, one might say, a well-oiled machine. But how do you
do that? You can start by handing off responsibility to your team and
letting your team to run with it. Don't breathe down their necks and don't
micromanage, but make yourself available if questions or problems come up.
Teach your team to use the Q-CAT decision-making system and give them the
freedom to work through their own decisions.
When projects aren't on track or your team is falling behind on deadline, it
serves no one if you start pointing fingers. This is when you need to rise
to the occasion and inspire confidence in your employees, to let them know
you support them and ready to help. Be ready to alter plans and make new
ones. Don't forget to use humor to keep your team's spirits up during a
crisis. When an emergency hits, your team will look to you to be a tower of
strength and endurance.
Key Trait #5: You must have character. Without character, all the other
"keys" are for naught. That's because your innate character strengths and
limitations play a critical role in your leadership style. The real question
is, are you aware of just what role they play? All great leaders have taken
steps to learn about their individual personality and what part it plays in
their leadership style.
So what's your leadership style? If you don't know, there are many
leadership style assessments available on the market. Two popular ones that
have been around for many years are the Myers-Briggs assessment and the
"360-Degree Feedback" model. There are dozens of other to choose from--the
important part is that you "Just do it," as the Nike ad would say, and see
how you rate. It's a good way to do a "character check" on yourself and your
Then, once you've done the assessment, the question to ask yourself is, do
you feel your character matches what the assessments are pointing out to
If you feel the traits don't match who you think you are, then look a little
deeper and be honest with yourself. Sometimes our first response is
defensive. You might want to assess yourself with a different type of
profile and then compare the results. Within the 360 Degree Feedback model,
there's an opportunity to see how your employees and peers view you, too. In
learning to be a great leader, the first step is to be open to feedback
about yourself as a leader and separate it from you the person.
So are you a great leader? Or do you have the desire to become one?
Remember, a great leader is someone who has a clear vision and can turn that
vision into a vivid picture that others can see. When you speak about your
vision, it should be with a passion you feel in your heart, a passion that
creates so much enthusiasm that your team will want to jump on board. When
major decisions need to be made, you should encourage everyone to use the
Q-CAT system and be responsible for his or her own actions. And you should
be continually assessing your own character and never stop growing,
personally or professionally.
If you can apply the five keys to great leadership, you'll be well on your
way to becoming a great leader surrounded by great employees!
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