Rank #1: 038: How to Improve Your Marriage by Honoring Your Spouse with Police Wife Heidi Hogan
Police wife and Badge of Hope Kansas City ministry leader Heidi Hogan is back with specific and practical advice for law enforcement spouses about improving your marriage. In this episode, she outlines the common struggles that police wives face, shares some of the struggles from her own journey, and suggests four ways for showing honor, respect, and love to your spouse.
Oct 02 2017
Rank #2: 067: Four Tips for Improving Communication in Your Marriage with Police Wife and Chaplain Lisa Lerner
Police wife, Chaplain, and Bless the Badge founder Lisa Lerner joins Jonathan to discuss four tips for improving communication in your marriage and beyond. She has been married for over 28 years to Chuck, a 30 year law enforcement veteran. Her journey has led her to develop tactical relationship training for officers and spouses so that their marriages can thrive a career in this profession.
Apr 23 2018
Rank #3: 081: Wise Advice from a Retired Cop About What Matters Most in Life
In the face of tragic deaths, line of duty deaths, and suicides of officers, we often find ourselves pondering the meaning of life. If we could ask one of the wisest people to ever have lived, what would he tell us matters most in life? In this episode, Jonathan talks about the answer that came from both a retired cop and one of the wisest men in recorded history. The only question is whether or not you will choose to follow this advice.
Jul 30 2018
Rank #4: 055: Be the Dad Your Kids Need with Three Practical Tips for Engaging Them Daily
An often overlooked aspect of police life is the toll it takes on us as parents, especially fathers. We give so much of our lives to the needs and concerns of others, that we are physically and emotionally exhausted when we get home. Given the prevalence of divorce, our time with our children is even further divided. In this episode, Jonathan talks about leadership from the perspective of the important role of fathers and male role models in the lives of children, and offers practical advice for how we can engage them daily in meaningful ways.
Jan 29 2018
Rank #5: 051: Developing the Leader in You Through Self-Awareness
To become a great leader, you have to become a great version of yourself first. In this episode, Jonathan begins the New Year (2018) with three tips for becoming more self-aware in the process towards personal development and developing yourself as a leader. The episode includes a recommended reading list, and concludes with a very practical word of wisdom for approaching life in the New Year.
Jan 01 2018
Rank #6: 065: Warrior or Guardian - The Identity Crisis in Law Enforcement and the Tension That Will Help Us Grow (Part 1)
Who are we? The recent police shooting death of Stephon Clark in Sacramento brings to light once again the issue of police-community relations and the tensions that exist. How do we positively drive culture and perceptions of policing in the United States in the face of the challenges? In this episode (part 1 of 2), Jonathan suggests that the issue is one of identity, and revisits the debate surrounding law enforcement officers as warriors or guardians.
Apr 09 2018
Rank #7: 057: These 3 Tactical Considerations for Officer Safety Could Help You Survive Your Shift
So far, 2018 has proven to be deadly for law enforcement officers. There have been multiple officers killed or wounded by gunfire, and many wonder if there is any end in sight. In this episode, Jonathan discusses three tactical considerations for officer safety that could save your life and ensure that you go home at the end of your shift. For some, this episode is a review of your training and a reminder to avoid complacency. For others, this episode will present new tactics and ideas that you will have to pursue further.
Feb 12 2018
Rank #8: 031: Stress, Success, and Significance in Life and Law Enforcement with Jimmy Meeks of Sheepdog Seminars
Jimmy Meeks retired after 35 years of service in law enforcement in Hurst, TX. He is also a Christian Minister, and travels the nation as a keynote speaker for Sheepdog Seminars with Lt. Col. Dave Grossman. He trains community, faith, and business leaders about violence, and calls Sheepdogs to take a stand. In this episode, Jimmy talks with Jonathan about the true sources of stress for those serving in law enforcement, the keys to a successful career, and understanding true significance in life.
Aug 14 2017
Rank #9: 048: Change Your Mindset and Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck with Nick Daugherty
Nick Daugherty retired from the Grand Prairie, TX Police Department where he continues to serve as a Reserve Officer. After working to eliminate over $80,000 in consumer debt, he was introduced to Dave Ramsey's Total Money Makeover Program. He later became a Master Financial Coach, and has taught thousands of First Responders his "Building Financial Strength" Course. In this episode, he talks about developing the mindset of building financial strength and changing the behaviors that lead us into debt and other financial pitfalls.
Dec 11 2017
Rank #10: 039: PTSD and Faith on the Force with Michael McSellers (Part 1)
Michael J. McSellers is a United States Marine Corps veteran who has served the Common Wealth of Virginia as a Law Enforcement Officer, Chaplain, and Coordinator for the Rise Christian Police Conference held each year during National Police Week. He is also the host of the Faith on the Force Podcast, which is a new podcast bringing attention to the issues that law enforcement officers around the country face on a daily basis. In this episode, Michael is very transparent about dealing with PTSD, and talks about how he and his family overcame the issues so that he could return to work and help others on their journey towards healing. This is part 1 of 2 episodes that comprise the interview with Michael.
Oct 09 2017
Rank #11: 028: Excellence in Training Part 1 - Mental and Marital Health
I was the featured guest recently on Brian Willis' "Excellence in Training Podcast," a resource through his law enforcement trainers' website at www.ExcellenceinTrainingAcademy.com. You may remember Brian from Episode 004 of the Watch Your Six Podcast. In the interview, I discuss the six tenets of the Watch Your Six concept along with how we can train and develop in each area both personally and professionally. In this episode, part 1, we discuss the areas of mental and marital health. Be sure to listen to parts 2 and 3 also.
Jul 24 2017
Rank #12: 072: Seven Tips for Supporting a Spouse Through Critical Incident Stress with Michelle Moon
Michelle Moon is a police wife whose hope is to educate and raise awareness about the important roles marriage and family play in managing critical incident stress and other work-related stress in law enforcement. In this episode, she talks with Jonathan about seven very practical tips that will equip and assist spouses in supporting their officer through critical incident stress.
May 28 2018
Rank #13: 052: Three Ways for Police Supervisors to Build Relationships and Boost Morale
One of the greatest pitfalls for a person in the position of leadership is to be disconnected from the people he or she serves. We often describe that supervisor as having forgotten where he came from. In this episode, Jonathan provides three ways for leaders - police supervisors, spouses, and parents - to build relationships and build morale among the team. By doing so, they will also see an increase in results and production.
Jan 08 2018
Rank #14: 026: First Responders, Learn to Develop a Bulletproof Spirit with Dan Willis
Captain Dan Willis retired from the La Mesa, CA Police Department after 26 years of service that included roles as a Homicide Detective, SWAT Commander, the agency's Wellness Program Coordinator, and Instructor for the Sand Diego Public Safety Institute. He is also the author of Bulletproof Spirit: The First Responder's Essential Resource for Protecting and Healing the Mind and Heart. In this episode, Dan suggests that we don't have to be a victim of the profession, and offers a shift in mindset that can help us overcome the unique challenges to our spiritual/emotional health.
Jul 10 2017
Rank #15: 049: Setting up 911 Communications Personnel for Success with Dispatcher and Trainer Connie Fraser
Connie Fraser has been a 911 dispatcher in Calgary, Alberta since 1998. She has worked as a call evaluator, dispatcher, supervisor and trainer, and developed an innovative course to build 911 dispatcher resilience through mental preparedness. In this episode, Connie talks about the often overlooked trauma that dispatchers face, as well as the steps for developing mental readiness in all first responders, especially dispatchers.
Dec 18 2017
Rank #16: 074: The 4 Critical V's for Becoming an Effective Police Supervisor
In 1942, the British "V-Force" was a group of stay-behind troops in Burma that were assigned to harass, sabotage, and ambush the Japanese forces if they invaded India. In this episode, Jonathan talks about "V-Force" leadership - 4 critical traits, without which your leadership as a police supervisor will be constantly sabotaged and ambushed by low morale, bad decisions, and unloyal troops.
Jun 11 2018
Rank #17: 078: Proactive Ways to Engage and Educate the Public About What Police Do and Why
With all the talk of body cameras and public outrage, it seems that everyone knows the law, their rights, and our jobs better than we do. But what are we doing to shift the narrative, build relationships, and educate our communities? In this episode, Jonathan discusses five Supreme Court Cases and offers several ideas that will help those serving in law enforcement engage and educate our community members regarding the reasons why we do what we do so that we can build trust and strengthen relationships.
Jul 09 2018
Rank #18: 033: Understanding Your Identity Above and Beyond the Uniform with Jamey Gadourey
Jamey Gadourey is a combat veteran, graduate of West Point and the U.S. Army Ranger School, instructor, and leadership consultant who founded Outsider Consulting. He is passionate about helping leaders and organizations succeed both professionally and personally. In this episode, Jamey defines leadership as "the ability to influence others towards a worthy goal." He also talks about identity and the unique challenges for those of us who work in uniformed services such as the military or law enforcement.
Aug 28 2017
Rank #19: 064: Greater Loves Has No One Than This
Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends. We often quote this saying when referring to the line of duty deaths of fellow officers. But where did this saying originate, and how might it apply to each one of us? In this episode, Jonathan explains the origins of this saying as a verse from the Bible in which Jesus laid down His life for us. If we accept the love and sacrifice of our fellow officers, then shouldn't we also consider the sacrifice of Jesus and how He responded in the days before His death to those who were close to Him, hostile to Him, and ignorant of Him?
Apr 02 2018
Rank #20: 079: Six Reasons Why You Give Up Before Accomplishing Your Goals
The reason why you fail to accomplish your goals is simple...you quit. But understanding why you quit rather than pressing on to success is not as simple. In his book, Mojo, author Marshall Goldsmith provides 6 reasons why people quit before achieving their goals. In this episode, Jonathan discusses those 6 reasons and relates them to law enforcement and the Watch Your Six concept.
Jul 16 2018