Colin McLaren, former homicide task force leader, discusses with Eve Ash the essential elements of assembling and managing top taskforces for the most problems and projects.
When it comes to organizing a taskforce or project team for a complex job or serious problem, Colin McLaren, a former homicide task force leader, tells Eve Ash it essential to recruit the best people with relevant experience, qualifications, energy and drive. The taskforce needs excellent communications and information sharing processes, the capacity to debrief when things are stressful, the best equipment for the job and high standards. Above all, leaders must stay focused, remembering to post all salient points, progress and successes, and acknowledging people while maintaining confidentiality.
Key Learning Points
Big problems often require a task force which should be:
Assembled based on merit
Comprised of the best people
Well briefed with a good communications and information sharing process
Focused and maintain high standards
Able to release stress
Well equipped and properly acknowledged
Prepared to maintain confidentiality
Interviewer: Eve Ash
Interviewee: Colin McLaren