How to Manage a Task Force

How to Manage a Task Force

Seven Dimensions
Updated Dec 30, 2019

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. 

Course Overview 

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