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Connecticut Post

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"Could You Do My Job?" How -- and Why -- to Coach Your Employees to Replace You

She calls them "5 a.m. wake up calls," but I prefer to call them "scenario testing." Once a month, I make a morning call (not at 5 a.m.) to Scribe's director of operations and throw a scenario at her. The kind she'd have to handle if she were COO: "You just walked into the office. The co-founders are gone, you can't get ahold of me, and three people just quit. What do you do?" The first time I called her, I heard nothing but stunned silence on the other end of the line. She had no idea what to do. And I didn't blame her. As surprising as it sounds, her response was entirely my fault. She didn't know what to do in that situation because I never coached her on how to replace me. Unfortunately, many leaders don't coach anyone to replace them -- and in my view, not coaching their replacement is one of the biggest mistakes they can make. Have you ever wondered why amazing CEOs, and leaders of all kinds, don't leave behind amazing CEOs after they leave? Most leaders want to be the smartest person in the room. They're afraid to coach people to be better than them. It's a scarcity mindset that keeps people from teaching their replacement. They think: I'm not going to teach someone how to take my job, that'll make me replaceable. It's easier to defend yourself and your position. It's easier to get lost in the day-to-day operations of your company. It's easier to address problems as they happen. It's easy to be reactive. Beyond that, the real hard truth is that you can't teach someone to replace you if you don't know what you do. And frankly, most people probably have no clue what they're doing. But here's what some people miss: You don't grow a company around a single individual. You build it around a team of people,...

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Fairfield Citizen News

@fairfieldcitizenonline - 13m 48s ago

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Report: At least 14 Alaska cities have officers with records

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - At least 14 cities in Alaska have employed police officers whose criminal records should have prevented them from being hired under state law, the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica reported Saturday. The news organizations said they found more than 34 officers who should have been ineligible for these jobs. In all but three cases, the police hires were never reported by the city governments to the state's Department of Public Safety, as required, the Daily News and ProPublica reported. In eight additional communities, local tribal governments have hired tribal police officers convicted of domestic violence or sex crimes, the news organizations reported. All 42 of these tribal and city police officers have rap sheets that would prevent them from being hired by the Anchorage Police Department and its urban peers, as Alaska state troopers or even as private security guards most anywhere else in the United States, the news organizations said. Many remain on the job. "It's outrageous that we have a situation where we have a, such a lack of public safety that communities are resorting to hiring people who have the propensity for violence," said Melanie Bahnke, a board member for the Alaska Federation of Natives, which represents 191 tribes. "And placing them in a position where they have control over people and possibly could victimize the victims further." "That's like a frontier mentality," said Bahnke, who is also chief executive for Kawerak Inc., a Nome-based tribal consortium that oversees state-paid police in the region. The Daily News/ProPublica report comes nearly a month after U.S. Attorney General William Barr declared a law enforcement emergency in Alaska, clearing the way for the Justice Department to award more than $10 million to combat crime in rural communities. That...

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