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Pick Up Your Own Brass: Leadership the FBI Way Paperback – May 1, 2011
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About the Author
William Gavin is a twenty-eight-year veteran of the FBI who attained the agency’s highest rank of assistant director in charge. He has held executive positions in the health care industry and for a security services provider, and has been a commentator for MSNBC, Fox News, and CNN. He currently serves as a business consultant. He lives in Boston.
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William A Gavin retired from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) after 28 years. He served as Assistant Director of New York, the Bureau's largest field office. He was also the Assistant Director of the Inspection Division of the FBI in Washington, DC,Special Agent-in-Charge of the FBI Miami,FL and the Denver,CO offices. He has also served as the VP of a major health care HMO, and as VP of a half billion dollar security services provider. His consulting company, The Gavin Group, Inc., for eight years conducted compliance audits of the Catholic Church. Mr. Gavin received a Bachelor of Science Degree in Biology from Boston College and a Master of Science Degree from Fordham University. He has also attended the John F. Kennedy School of Government for Senior Managers at Harvard University Mr. Gavin received the (US) Presidential Distinguished Rank Award and the (US) Presidential Meritorious Rank Award. He is a member of the National Executive Institute and the American Society of Industrial Security. He appears on CNN, FOX and MSNBC as an analyst for terrorism and other criminal matters.
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When I first saw the title, I was curious what this meant; "Pick Up Your Own Brass". The title is the paradigm for leadership in the FBI, one that can only be applied by somebody intimately familiar with its inner workings. Subordinates are to pick up the brass casings of superiors at the firing range, but, as Dr McChesney reiterates in high profile case after high profile case, it is not the arrogant higher-ups responsbile for FBI success. Rather, it is more likely the supervisor who picks up his own casings; he/she is probably the one who can lead by demonstrating care about the mission and its agents. Competence is necessary for leadership, the FBI way, but competetence is not sufficient. Fasincating case after case of major national significance convinces the reader of the facts that Dr McChesney was not only there, but she knows what she is talking about. I already knew that, because I was fortunate enough to have observed her work when she was a detective assigned to the Ted (Bundy) Task Force of King County Police Department. I had further contact with her when she was working cases of critical national security within the FBI. Her new book is a must read for Law Enforcement management, because it dramatically and clearly shows how very human traits of caring about one's people and one's mission can make or break a case. There has never been a time when such leadership traits are more important in this critically-challenged police agency than in today's homeland security environemtn of constant threats, both from our interior and our borders.Read more ›
Each chapter, which begins with an entertaining FBI anecdote drawn from their FBI experiences over the years, both in the field and in the office, concludes with insightful leadership nuggets. Some are as common as demonstrating respect for your subordinates by learning their names, praising in public and criticizing in private. Others, like "The Action Imperative" and when the drive for perfection impedes organizational progress, encourage introspection and self examination. But the best part of this book is that it has a wide range of cross-over applicability to business, industry and government. The recommendations work for the private sector as well as for law enforcement. It's logical stuff, but it's also the stuff that makes the difference between success and failure for a leader.
An entertaining read and as beneficial as a textbook, "Pick Up Your Own Brass, Leadership the FBI Way" is highly recommended for anyone interested in polishing as well as developing their leadership traits.
James Botting, former FBI agent and author of "Bullets, Bombs and Fast Talk, Twenty Five Years of FBI War Stories".
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The book has good examples but the stories are brief, the storytelling seems rushed, and it makes the points seem trivialized a little. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Hobo with a Shotgun
Kathleen McChesney is one brilliant woman who understands the nature of creating a team with a common cause and supporting that team in accomplishing that cause. Read morePublished on February 6, 2014 by Stacie
I loved the presentation style. The stories were well written to paint a picture of the leadership models, successful and not-so-successful, to mentor aspiring successful leaders. Read morePublished on August 22, 2013 by Amazon Customer
Wish more companies would subscribe to this leadership style. The author presents a fresh approach to adherance to the food chain of leadership!Published on March 3, 2013 by Silkberry
It's no mystery that we have a surplus of leadership books. Kathleen and William have given us a no-nonsense approach to leadership from the perspective of one of the most... Read morePublished on December 3, 2011 by Ryan
The authors have used their own experiences as FBI managers to concisely identify leadership qualities that they found to be successful, as well as provide examples of failed... Read morePublished on July 30, 2011 by Martin Weber
"Pick Up Your Own Brass" is an excellent and informative book. Being in business for myself I was very much interested in how an agency with such a professional reputation was... Read morePublished on June 13, 2011 by carol livingston
Once I started I found I could not put this book down until I finished. It is a terrific read for anyone who is interested in understanding human relations, especially those in... Read morePublished on June 4, 2011 by Stephen B. Chenoweth