Business Relationships

10 Reasons to Become a Police Officer

Three weeks ago, I completed a 5 day training course in video evidence recovery and disc imaging with Resolution Video at the Lakewood Washington Police Department. There were 29 police officers from various states, three civilians and myself, a video forensic expert with 32 years of experience. We worked in groups to help the assignments go quickly and to increase the learning experience. I was partnered with a police officer for most of my assignments.
My company, Primeau Forensics, has worked with many demographic sectors, police departments being one of them. We perform digital evidence recovery, audio and video enhancement, audio and video authentication and voice identification. I have learned a lot from our relationships working with police officers. In the following post, I would like to describe why I believe people become police officers.

One, people become police officers because the job is exciting. Think about all the jobs you have worked in your life. Does the word ‘excitement’ describe any of them? Police officers answer emergency calls, they protect and serve their community and make a difference in people’s lives. The excitement keeps them dedicated day after day.

Two, a police officer makes a decent income. The national average is $60,000.00 a year. They have job security, a pension plan and a retirement account.
Three, police officers have plenty of opportunity for job advancement. The officers I have met in my life have all received promotions during their careers. Promotions include new and different responsibilities, as well as pay increases.

Four, several of the police officers I know have taken early retirement. It must be comforting to know that if you chose to, you can retire early and have a pension to live on. I like to view this as an exit strategy, something many workers do not think of during the course of their career.

Five, police officers are respected in their community. When they proudly wear their uniform and are working in their community, they feel respect from citizens.

Six, police officers make a difference in people’s lives. I myself have had experience with amazing service from police officers. One night, my daughter was missing. I called the local sheriff’s office and a car was in my driveway in less than five minutes. It turned out that she was just absent minded and her cell phone battery died. While I was worried and upset, the first responding officer made me feel better.

Seven, police officers are in good physical shape because they generally do not spend their work day sitting behind a desk. They mostly stay active and move regularly during their work shift. They also have access to exercise facilities which helps them stay healthy and fit.

Eight, police officers testify in court and help convict criminals beyond their arrest. Their testimony is very powerful because of their respect in the community. Their training benefits them, as well, as they are able to convey their involvement during testifying calmly and in detail.

Nine, they have each other to rely and depend on during difficult times. The police community is extremely supportive and available to officers in need.

Ten, unlike other jobs, police officers receive ongoing training. They are trained extensively to protect the community they live in.

I am not personally made of the character to be a police officer but I am thankful to work with the police and enjoy doing so. I would like to wish a sincere thank you to police officers everywhere because with lack of police presence, our society would end up in utter chaos.

Do You Invest in What You Love?

invest in what you loveAs a video producer, director and writer, I meet a lot of great people, our Primeau Productions clients. In addition to receiving a paycheck from the work we do I get to benefit from the knowledge, wisdom and experience of the great clients we produce video for. I have learned so much but one of the best lessons I learned from venture capitalists. Venture capitalists serve a great purpose in the business world. They have money and they, too, enjoy and are interested in different business opportunities. Venture capitalists enjoy the process of discovering good ventures in which to invest capital. One of the most basic concepts of bringing an investor into your company involves looking at the opportunity through their eyes. If you would like them to invest a half million dollars in your business and receive a percentage of ownership in return what else will they gain over a period of time? A 10% ownership in a turtle is not worth half a million dollars. However, a 10% ownership in a nightclub that has a booking agent that previously worked for a major concert promoter has value, because their return on your investment would not only be a percentage of ownership, it would also be a monthly, or quarterly, or annual residual income you would receive as one of the venture capitalist investors. It’s quite interesting, from my perspective, to see how some of our venture capitalist clients have worked through the investments they choose. One thing I have noticed is they only invest in what they enjoy doing. That’s a great message for a lot of us in business because many people go to work every day hating their job. There are business owners who own companies that they are not enjoying running and operating; not very attractive to a venture capitalist. What a great message I’ve learned about money and enjoyment from our venture capitalist clients. So, hopefully, if you ever need to bring in an investor to give your business a shot in the arm or a facelift, look at the venture capitalist opportunity through their eyes and not your own goals for raising capital. If the deal looks good to you, seeing it from their point of view, then it probably looks good to them.

Clients Who Are Friends Are Better Than Friends Who Are Clients

"Who's Got Your Back" Book CoverI’ve been reading a book, “Who’s Got Your Back” by Keith Ferrazzi which, in a nutshell, is about understanding and trusting relationships that help create success. I’m about half way through the book and I had a realization about the value of numerous relationships I’ve had for years with people from around the world, who all have greatness. There are people like Winston Marsh in Melbourne, Australia, who hosted me so I could come and speak to the National Speakers Association of Australia and his small business group in Australia.  There are people like Max Hitchens in Sydney, Australia, who I met, like Winston, through my dear friend Terry Brock. This week Terry Brock and his friend Gina Carr, are coming to stay with me in Rochester Hills for our semi-annual get-together. Terry and I have been doing this for about seven years now, and it has become a tradition. I’ve known Terry for almost twenty years, and the relationships that have come from my friendship with Terry are no less than amazing. I never would have met Max and Winston had it not been for Terry – I never would’ve gone to Australia to do my presentations if it weren’t for Terry. I look at other friends like Bob Bolya, who I’ve known for twenty years, and the get-togethers that we’ve had and the knowledge and experience that we’ve been able to share with each other. I also think of my mentor, Floyd Wickman, and what I’ve learned from him throughout the years about selling, dialogue and how to communicate with people. And Mike Pallin, who works with Floyd, who turned me on to Napoleon Hill early on in my life, which has had a huge impact on my personal and professional growth and experience.

As I read this book, “Who’s Got Your Back” by Keith Ferrazzi, I’m starting to realize the depth of my relationships that I have built throughout the years, and how important they are going forward. The people that I just mentioned are the tip of the iceberg – there are many people, like Connie Podesta and Eileen McDargh and Steve Rizzo and Mark Sanborn and Mikki Williams and Pegine, who I have learned so much from while working with them. These people would stand behind me and help me with anything I needed, and I would do the same for them. In fact, many of these people call me on occasion and know that my door is open for me to answer any kind of questions that they have.

I think many of us overlook our relationships and the power of having this connectivity in our lives. In this blog post I not only want to share that you must read “Who’s Got Your Back” because it’s a very powerful book, but I also want you to think about connecting with these past relationships that can become disconnected over time. With a little effort, you can reconnect with these people, just like I have since I started reading this book.

I’m very much looking forward to Terry coming up today because I know that our time together will be high-value, high-entertainment and another great memory. I look forward to continuing to reconnect with people from my past – the people who have made an impression on me and who have value in relationships, and I am now beginning to learn how to avoid the people that don’t bring value to relationships and that are cynical and doubtful about the values I have in my life and the beliefs on what it takes to be successful, personally and professionally.

I’m also realizing the value of reconnecting with friends. I recently reconnected with Martie Schultz who worked as my assistant for forteen years, up until 2007. I reconnected with Martie because she had left and gotten another job when Primeau Productions was going through a transition. Primeau Productions survived its reinvention and transition several years ago, and my team needed another person to help pull it all together, and to be reliable and available for front office support. So I recently reached out to Martie through Facebook and we reconnected. Within a week she was back on the Primeau Productions team. The value of maintaining relationships and reconnecting can be very beneficial in many ways. It’s also crucial in other ways, because when it’s all said and done, it’s not about how much money you have in the bank at the end of your journey, it’s about the relationships that you make along the way that you can value, and the trust and respect that you earn from these relationships. That’s what gets me jazzed in the morning, and that’s what “Who’s Got Your Back” by Keith Ferrazzi is all about.