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Collaborate or Perish!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Former Los Angeles police chief and New York City police commissioner William Bratton talks about the benefits of collaboration. In Collaborate or Perish!: Reaching Across Boundaries in a Networked World, written with Zachary Tumin, he draws from masters of collaboration in education, social work, and the military; and from his own career.

Guests:

William Bratton

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Comments [11]

MG from NYC

I used to like and respect Bratton a lot, but after that interview, my esteem for him fell considerably.

First, I think it's sad that he's putting out yet another unnecessary book of managementspeak (like we don't have enough of those already), to judge by the empty phrases and extracts he kept trying to jam in to fit almost every question he was asked. It is definitely a book that I will not buy.

Second, why did he have to attack Susan Cain for her very intelligent and well written piece - The New Groupthink - from this past Sunday's New York Times? He seemed to take great offense at what he THOUGHT (incorrectly on his part) she was saying, when in fact, he repeated her very same point (which is that more creative, innovative, problem-solving work can be done by individuals who are allowed to labor uninterrupted without disturbances on their own, and THEN consulting afterward with others in their office). Clearly he either only skimmed the article and didn't really get it, or he started reading and his mind immediately shut down when he read something that he thought contradicted his new book.

Jan. 18 2012 11:02 AM

the ultimate example of privacy verse collaboration is the catholic church, which , responding to allegations of system abuse by priests, said that they would internally fix their problems, without outside involvement..

However it should be said that there is a level of too much collaboration; where accounting everyones voices insures nothing gets done.

Jan. 17 2012 12:38 PM
Scott

As for Bratton's comment that fudging Compstat would require doctoring thousands of police reports, why does he assume that's not happening?

One police officer I know described the current practice of taking police reports: if the victim, say of burglary, reports an amount stolen that would classify it as grand larceny, the reporting officer will ask if the victim is sure of that. If the victim initially answers yes, the officer will then "point out" that inaccurately reporting the amount stolen would constitute perjure and the consequences of that. If that still does not dissuade the victim, the report has to be okayed by a sergeant who will generally find reason to dismiss the report.

This happens with EVERY report taken. That can easily result in thousands of reports being doctored.

Jan. 17 2012 12:37 PM
Alex from New Jersey

The NYPD drones are a prank! The signs are made by an artist. It's written up in this week's New Yorker.

Jan. 17 2012 12:35 PM
Amy from Manhattan

If the 80% figure is correct for the no. of NYC shootings involving black people as either shooters or victims, that's 4 out of 5--much lower than the proportion of black or Latino kids in stop-&-frisks, which is 12 or 13 times the no. of whites & Asians. And in any case, the Constitution requires reasonable suspicion, & race is not a reason in itself that justifies a search. Then there's the practice of arresting people for "displaying" drugs that weren't found until a search was done without consent--what does Bratton think about that?

Jan. 17 2012 12:32 PM
Wayne Johnson Ph.D from Brooklyn

What Bratton does is focus policing on poor people(Squeegie Guys, Gangs in LA)....

Jan. 17 2012 12:32 PM
James from nyc

@Tony

Did you not listen to Mr Cop/Business man, he said most of the guilty people are colored.

How do you expect him to hang out and get paid by rich white people while he harrases and arrests thier kids in Wiiliamsberg.

tony you are so out of touch.

Jan. 17 2012 12:31 PM
The Truth from Becky

Better questions, why don't they work harder stop drugs from entering the Country?

Jan. 17 2012 12:28 PM
MP from Brooklyn

God, I love this guy. I always have. Giuliani's biggest mistake was letting his ego get in the way and forcing Bratton out of NYC.

Jan. 17 2012 12:27 PM
tony from bayside

I know that there is a lot of drug use in Williamsburg, why don't I ever hear or see on brownstowner, any skinny jean wearing denizens getting stopped, harassed?

Come on!

Jan. 17 2012 12:22 PM
PHILIOR from BROOKLYN

THERE IS A ONE INCONVENIENT QUESTION, WHICH FOR SOME REASON HAS BEEN EVADED BY POLICY MAKERS, POLICE, AND JOURNALISTS INTERVIEWING POLICE.
DEAR LEONARD, COULD YOU PLEASE ASK YOUR GUEST, WHY IS IT THAT ANY SCHOOL BOY KNOWS WHERE TO BUY DRUGS AND POLICE APPARENTLY DOES NOT.
IF IT DOES, THEN WHY DRUGS ARE SOLD ON VIRTUALLY EVERY CORNER?

Jan. 17 2012 12:19 PM

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