“..how a leader would go about trying to set the organization straight”, Honorable RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson Teaches Us.

Commissioner Bob Paulson

Honorable RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson

“I’ve had discussions with colleagues around the sense of urgency we need to attach. Like the military in post-Somalia. I’ve talked to some colleagues in the military there and tried to understand how a leader would go about trying to set the organization straight. That’s really how I marketed myself during these interviews that went on for the selection of Commissioner. You describe failures upon failures upon failures. This will sound inappropriate, but I’ll say I watched those from a distance until I got into the senior executive…..because my experience has been success upon success upon success. Not because of me but because of the teams I was lucky enough to be a part of. And it was incredible. It was remarkable. When you are able to pull together a bunch of people and deliver a really complex and “Cadillac” piece of policing, for Canadians, it’s like no other feeling in the world. I’ve flown airplanes upside down at 200 feet, at 300 knots and that’s exciting, but it’s not near as exciting as being able to deliver one of these big cases. Real, significant change, to use perhaps a bad metaphor, will be only attainable when you clear cut….there has to be some removal of any stain of former sort of ethos, or culture, or value system. I don’t think you do that overnight. But I think you can do that in the very near term if you are consistent by making things simple and clear and making sure people in the organization get it.”

© Samina Iqbal. 2013

About samina iqbal

I am a free lance writer who loves to write on social issues in particular. I am a house wife and my husband Dr. Shams Iqbal offers all the support and encouragement so that I can pursue my passion for authorship and other cause which is dear to me. My lifelong mission in life is to offer my support for the police officers who need to be supported and protected by general public like us. My inspiration to do this comes from my personal experiences of some of the greatest police officers whom I have witnessed do great deeds for the good of humanity. I am so inspired and fascinated to support this law enforcement group. On the other hand I like music, movies specially classics, I am a fashion geek, English and American literature are my passions.
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28 Responses to “..how a leader would go about trying to set the organization straight”, Honorable RCMP Commissioner Bob Paulson Teaches Us.

  1. “There has to be some removal of any stain of former sort of ethos, or culture, or value system.” This is so true. Thanks for sharing, Samina!


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  3. Wonderful post,leaders like him uphold the law so the citizens can be safe.Great work Samina.Wishing you a happy and prosperous season of holidays ,God bless you and your family.jalal


    • Thank you so much my friend for such kind words. You are so right a great leader like Honorable Commissioner upholds the law in its true sense and is more of a great teacher for us like no other Commissioner has been. Wishing you and your family a blessed and peaceful and joyous holiday. Take care and God bless.


  4. its easier to control army because they have a very firmly instilled habit of obedience (often blind) to their superiors in command.


    • You are so right Sharmishtha. Other organizations specially the law enforcement agencies can learn so much from the leaders in the military who maintain such a perfect discipline. Our Honorable Commissioner is not only a great Police Leader but also a great Teacher. No other chief has taught the general public as much as he does. Every day we learn so much from him since he believes in sharing his experiences with us. Thanks my friend for the valuable input. Take care and God bless.


      • I have heard that their disciplinary lessons leave a permanent mark on their nature and they often end up as really unsocial persons, who dont like society and its ordinary people, that will be deadly for people if cops become like that.

        i will love to think about cops who care for people, like them and discipline them for the sake of society, not for any other reason.


  5. Ed says:

    Great read..:-)


  6. sachin1991 says:

    Thanks for stopping by to follow my blog!


  7. reocochran says:

    This is always a powerful message, I think! Working together and being a positive influence in the area of service is very important for all involved and can make the community feel safe by this teamwork. Thanks for this message which can apply to companies and schools, too. Teamwork and making it work like a Cadillac, that is impressive indeed! Merry Christmas and happiness to you, Samina and your family, too. Robin


    • Thanks so much Robin for such an enlightening comment my friend. No doubt team work is very very essential in every organization and it is only by team work that maximum success is possible. Our Honorable Commissioner is not only a one of a kind Police Leader but also a Great teacher and loves to teach us every day by sharing his valuable experiences with us. Merry Christmas and a very Happy New year to you and your lovely happy family my friend. Take care and God Bless.


  8. Another terrific post and example of those we should be supporting, applauding and emulating. And I love the last photo. Breathtaking!


    • Thank you so much Shelley for such kind words of appreciation. I love the last photo too. The red uniform known as the red surge here really look great on our RCMP (Royal Canadian Mounted Police). It is a great Police Force, one of the best in the world no doubt about it. I feel very proud of them. Merry Christmas and a happy new year to you and your lovely family.


  9. Writing about the goodness of others is a genuine act of kindness!
    Thanks for sharing, Samina.


  10. Maxima says:

    May joy and happiness snow on you May the bells jingle for you May Santa be extra good to you! Merry Christmas!


    • WOW! My friend I feel so blessed to have you as my friend. Thanks for such lovely wishes for me. I wish the same for you. May all your dreams come true in the New Year and you find peace, contentment and happiness. Best wishes for a very Happy New Year to you.


  11. time for next post 🙂


  12. Ed says:

    Have a great new year..:-)))


    • Same to you my friend and when I see such a nasty weather on T.V I do think about you braving it on the road. Be careful, keep cozy and eat a healthy diet. My prayers and wishes for your safety and security on the risky road conditions. Take care and God bless.


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