Huddle Up


Michael Warren

January 6, 2022

January 6, 2022

If you have read many of my posts here in the Iron Blog, you know that I am a big sports fan. In fact, as I am writing this, I am watching another college basketball game. And as usual, something happened that got me to thinking. Actually, it was several things.

Huddles. That’s what piqued my interest tonight. Huddles before the game, during breaks in the game, and even some unofficial ones during free throws.

So, what do huddles have to do with leadership? They represent the opportunity to influence the behavior and performance of your team. The great coaches take advantage of every opportunity to make a difference.

Why then, do we sometimes forgo these opportunities? And by opportunities, I am referring to briefings – the law enforcement version of the huddle.

Most shifts in our agencies begin with some type of shift briefing. Or at least they are supposed to. Too many times the briefing time is used to socialize, or complain, or basically do anything other than what it is designed for.

Leaders do not miss these chances. They intentionally look for them. In fact, they create more of them. Because leaders want to be able to positively influence the players on their team.

Don’t miss the chance to huddle up your team.