007: How I Survived Two Police Shootings with Mike Swihart

Mike Swihart is a retired Army combat veteran and police officer who survived two police shootings while working in Fort Collins, CO. In one of those incidents, Mike was critically wounded, but survived. In this episode, Mike recounts not only the stories, but what he credits with his survival physically, mentally, and regarding his marriage. He offers practical advice and encouragement for officers who may have endured similar critical incidents. After telling about the shootings and alluding to difficulties resulting from his combat deployments, Mike says that he suffered from depression, trauma, frustration, and other struggles. He said, "I understand that there is a pain so hurtful th

Great Leaders Are Connected to the People They Serve

One of the greatest pitfalls for a person in the position of leadership is to be disconnected from the people he or she serves. In their book, The Secret: What Great Leaders Know and Do, authors Ken Blanchard and Mark Miller point out that great leaders value both results and relationships. They point out that leaders must not only get results, but must also have followers to help produce those results. They also quote leadership guru John Maxwell, who said, "People will not give you their hand until they can see your heart." Truly valuing and building meaningful relationships means being vulnerable, investing time, and giving attention to the concerns and needs of the people. I have found

006: A Homicide Detective Investigates the Claims of Christianity with J. Warner Wallace

J. Warner Wallace is a decorated and well-respected cold-case homicide detective from Los Angeles County, popular national speaker, and best-selling author. Many will recognize him from his appearance in the movie God’s Not Dead 2. In addition to his ongoing nationally recognized work with cold-case investigations, he has also spent his time applying his skills as an expert detective to investigate the claims of Christianity. He is the author of Cold Case Christianity, God's Crime Scene, and a daily blog. In this episode, J. Warner discusses his career in law enforcement, his journey from atheist to Christian Apologist, the question of whether cops can be Christians, and more. Here are som

Leadership Begins with You

I had a professor who specializes in the area of leadership and taught one critical concept concerning leadership: "Leadership-development begins with self-development, and self-development begins with self-awareness." Take a moment and reflect upon that statement, asking yourself what he meant and how it applies to you. To become a great leader, you have to become a great you first. The only way to become a great you is to be aware of who you are, your strengths and weaknesses, your personality, your default conflict resolution style, your default leadership style, and then commit to develop yourself. How do you become more self-aware? 1. Self Reflection - Take an honest look at yourself t

005: A Marriage in Progress - Tactical Support for Law Enforcement Relationships with Victoria Newma

Vicki Newman is an author, speaker, and police wife to a CHiP, a member of the California Highway Patrol. She has over 15 years of experience mentoring and providing resources to spouses in family-related problems, and has conducted extensive research into the needs of law enforcement families. This episode features Vicki's book, A Marriage in Progress: Tactical Support for Law Enforcement Relationships, which is available on Amazon and on Vicki's website. It is more officer oriented in perspective as a sort of training manual for off-duty life, and is a companion to Vicki's first book, A CHiP on My Shoulder: How to Love Your Cop with Attitude, which was more spouse oriented in perspective

004: How to Watch Your Six using Life's Most Powerful Question with Brian Willis

Brian Willis is a law enforcement veteran, trainer, thought leader, and the "WIN" guy. In this episode, he teaches us to apply what he calls "Life's Most Powerful Question," the acronym W.I.N. - What's Important Now?, to the six areas of life discussed in the Watch Your Six Podcast. How does Brian apply the W.I.N. concept to “Watch Your Six?” Mental Health What's important now is reaching out for help, and understanding that getting the help you need is a sign of strength and courage. Marital Health What's important now is to go home and spend time with your family. You can’t balance work and life because they are both competing for your time. What’s important is to use the time when you

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