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December 2010 Blog Posts (8)

Charisma: A Misunderstood Concept


I often demarcate the difference between non-charismatic individuals exhibiting charismatic traits and a bona fide charismatic personality. The key to understanding the difference between the two perspectives lies in the ability to determine when something is similar, but not that thing itself. For example, one might describe a color as…

Added by Edward Brown on December 27, 2010 at 3:57am — No Comments

Merry Xmas

Hi All, Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to you and your families. Wish you all a safe and Happy Holiday season. Working through the silly season here in Sydney. To those on duty stay vigil stay, stay safe. Chris

Added by Chris Walker on December 24, 2010 at 5:11am — No Comments


T'was a few days before Christmas and it was water ski weather in my part of Florida. I day dreamed about a white Christmas. Floridians have an ignorant naivete about snow.

Having spent a winter in northern Japan with 12 foot drifts outside my front door I was under no such illusion. However, like child birth, one forgets the pain and wishes for foolish things, like more kids or snow. Christmas is so much more fun if it's white and you don't have to shovel it.

The zone I…


Added by Cheryl Pettigrew on December 15, 2010 at 3:00pm — No Comments

Charisma: Does Measuring It Make It Valid?

Warren Bennis and Burt Nanus assert in “Leaders: The Strategies for Taking Charge,” that “charisma is the result of effective leadership, not the other way around.” A recent report on the measurability of charisma co-authored by Kenneth Levine, Communications Studies Professor at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, suggests that traits like: empathy, good listening skills, eye contact, enthusiasm, self-confidence and skillful speaking are measurable by social scientists. After surveying… Continue

Added by Edward Brown on December 13, 2010 at 4:42am — No Comments

Kids and Cuffs and Snakes ~~~~Oh My!

One thing you can look forward to if you select a career patrolling the streets in law enforcement is getting bitten. During my years on the road I can recall having experienced that treat many times. Biting is an act of desperation when all other means fail to inflict damage on the perceived threat, the Police.

What ever you are summoned to handle in the 'coping' sense of the word eventually means you end up 'handling' it in the grab a hold and don't let go sense. And some time what… Continue

Added by Cheryl Pettigrew on December 10, 2010 at 2:41pm — No Comments


There was a motel on the 'strip' in town. It was not the kind of motel you would take your family to. It catered to a very small niche clientele. Those who wanted to enhance their by-the-hour motel experience with a movie.

You know, the kind of moves rated with XXX's that all too often ended in Ex's. It was just after 'check-out' time when the owner/manager summoned the police. He had been tidying up the…


Added by Cheryl Pettigrew on December 10, 2010 at 9:00am — No Comments

But Judge

Traffic court is fun. It's like a box of chocolates. You never know what your gonna get. (She nods to Forrest Gump). But before you get to the courtroom there has to be a ticket, and before the ticket is the alleged violation.

So flash back to about six weeks before court. I'm driving around town in my mobile crime fighting platform, minding my own…


Added by Cheryl Pettigrew on December 9, 2010 at 9:51am — 1 Comment


We used to have a night club out on the beach that had a real party atmosphere. All the young people and some old people who were on good medication would go to drink and dance.

In fact it is the…


Added by Cheryl Pettigrew on December 3, 2010 at 8:42am — No Comments

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