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Bob Vernon

Bob Vernon, Law Officer's On Point columnist, retired from the LAPD after 37 years on the force. He earned an MBA at Pepperdine University and is a graduate of the University of Southern California’s Managerial Policy Institute and the FBI’s National Executive Institute. Vernon also founded The Pointman Leadership Institute, which provides principle-based ethics seminars around the world.

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Bad News Welcome

Criticize from a position of friendship rather than opposition.


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Was General McChrystal insubordinate?

What leadership principles are relevant in the Gen. Stanley McChrystal incident?


Success vs. Excellence

These two concepts are related, but not the same. Excellence is superior to success, and leaders must encourage their followers to rise to that higher level.


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Lead with Clear Goals

An organization can be very efficient (doing things right), but not be effective (doing the right things). Many organizations fail because, although they're doing what they do extremely well, they're doing the wrong things.


Synergism and initiative are two concepts found at the core of effective and excellent leaders

Synergism is defined as cooperative action of discrete agencies such that the total effect is greater than the sum of the two effects taken independently.


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