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JUL 2018

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10 POLICE JULY 2018 D ealing with a new supervisor is always an interesting ex- perience because your situation all comes down to blind luck. ere is no science involved; in your eyes your supervi- sor will either be a good or a bad one. Every supervisor has their good and bad points, which can be expressed in terms of leadership style, interpersonal skills, or pet peeves. When you get a good one, enjoy the rainbows and uni- corns while you can because it never lasts long. Situations like transfers, promotions, demotions, retirement, and ter- minations change your bliss at the drop of a hat. I've learned a few things about dealing with new supervisors in my 30-plus-year career in law enforcement. Here are some of them in no particular order. 1. Communication is your only path to success. What kind of relationship you develop with your new supervi- sor will depend on how well you communicate with each other. Any new relationship is a work in progress. ere will be several important conversations you should plan for. ey are not done all at once but over a short period of time. Here are three exam- ples you should consider: Discuss mission viewpoint. How does the su- pervisor view his or her role in accomplishing the agency's mission? How does that vision affect you and your unit? Is your world going to be turned upside down or left as it is? What role will each member play in that vision? Whether you agree or not, you must understand how your world is about to change. Discuss expectations. What are their short and long-term goals? What is their version of suc- cess and how will it be measured? What respon- sibilities are yours, what are theirs, and find out about any overlap. Find out when it's appropriate to ask for help. Discuss personal development. You need to share your own short- and long-term goals. Let them know that you want to participate in special projects or assignments. Talk about the schools and training you either want to attend or would like to plan for. Make your intentions to take the next promotional exam known and ask for ad- ditional responsibilities to gain insight into their world. 2. Schedule a meeting. Never surprise your su- pervisor with an important discussion. Give them the opportunity to prepare. Tell your supervisor you'd like to schedule some time to discuss an Never surprise a new supervisor with an important discussion. Give them the opportunity to prepare. HOW TO DEAL WITH A NEW SUPERVISOR Do your best to keep an open mind and go along with the changes your new boss is bound to make. How To... AMAURY MURGADO PHOTO: POLICE FILE

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