Many young people choose their career path based on what they think will be a “fun” or “prestigious” or a “good paying” job or maybe even a job to help people and society. So they try to do everything right. Go to college and get as much education as you can and then enter the workforce as “trained” to do that job. But in all reality that is when the learning really begins. In short order most realize that working in the “real” world is much different than they ever could have imagined . If only they could have been exposed of this reality earlier they may have chosen something else to do. All to often their dream occupation turns into a job. Just a job. And the sad truth is a lot of the teachers (even ones that have worked “in the field” do not clue them in on the realities of their chosen profession.
In my lifetime of interaction with many types of people and their occupations I have concluded that very few are top performers who truly love their job and live it 24 -7. They are the people that are always learning and studying ways to improve their performance. Maybe 5% at most. Below them another 5% are great also. Then about 10% are really good and conscientious when on the job but like most people have a ton of other interests and responsibilities away from work. The Sad Truth is 80% of workers are barely competent enough to do the job and half of them (40%) are down right incompetent. And to make matters worse They are protected by their co-workers (we’re a family; we look out for our own etc) or a bureaucracy and/or convoluted system set up to “protect the workers” but essentially makes it very hard to release incompetent or downright nasty/dangerous people. The Sad Truth is most people we come in contact with are barely competent and half of them are incompetent.
Which brings us to the hot topic of the day – police interactions with citizens caught on video tape. My theory is pretty basic based on the above information. In a perfect world the young officers would be mentored by the top guy’s for a good long while. They would be guided and helped along in their career to become one of the top 10%. But in the real world they are out alone patroling by themselves . .. so it shouldn’t surprise us when these type of incidents happen. Since each police department is it’s own little fiefdom it is up to the police chief to instill a culture of excellence in everything they do including holding every person up to a high standard and if they can’t “cut the mustard” reassign them to a job behind the scenes where they don’t have to interact with the public. The police need to police themselves and receive enough continual training (in real life threatening situations) to be evaluated by professional trainers and psychologists/criminologists and made sure they are up to the job.