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Top 7 Lines of Action to Take When Accused of a Crime

Top 7 Lines of Action to Take When Accused of a Crime

False allegations can be so devastating than anything you can ever imagine. Unhappily, these occur all too often. Even with the advance of technology, innocent people are imprisoned wrongfully whenever they are accused of crimes they did not commit. Their lives change from regular activities to finding themselves in police interrogation rooms, being asked horrible questions about what they are clueless about. If you ever find yourself in this kind of awkward situation, here are some things that you must do to help prove that you are innocent.

1. Get a respectable lawyer without delay

Getting an attorney is the very first things you should consider doing. Indeed, you should do this before communicating with any authorities. After reading your rights, you have the right to request for an attorney right away; when doing so, choose a reputable one. This person may be the only one who is capable of helping you get out of this terrifying situation quickly. Therefore, it will be wise to hire one or accept one as soon as you can. Speak to the attorney about exactly what has happened and follow his/her advice as closely as possible. The attorney is the person that has in-depth knowledge of court proceedings and the necessary steps that should be followed by you and the legal team. If he/she doesn’t appear interested or doesn’t want to listen to you, then you need to find someone else immediately.

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2. Be honest and make yourself available to your attorney

Staying honest with the lawyer representing you is essential. Answer all the questions asked openly and hide nothing from your lawyer, even if the answers are embarrassing. The attorney has the duty of secrecy to you, and many of these details will never be disclosed. In reality, unless it is for your defense and you approve of its use, whatever you tell your lawyer is kept confidential. Work openly with your attorney as best as you can. Provide all the necessary information they request, make all appointments, appear at any meeting that they schedule. This will prove to your attorney that you have nothing hidden.

3. Secure any evidence quickly

Inform your legal team about any evidence that can be used to direct the authorities to the actual person who committed the crime (if you know who did and have solid proof). If you have any evidence that can support your defense, then you have to inform your legal team immediately. All you can remember, even if it seems unimportant, it could be the solution that will let you out of the situation and sight of the authorities.

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4. Think of any witness related to the event

If there is anyone who saw you and can validate your alibi or support the fact that you are innocent, even if you don’t know the person by name, it is important to give a good description of your contact with such person as at the time you are where you said you were. Such person may be able to be tracked down to verify your story. Any details you can recall about a person can be useful. In addition to the person’s appearance, think about the kind of vehicle the person drove, who the person might have been with, or where you have encountered the person before. Put down on paper anything you know about the person as soon as possible, so you don’t forget.

5. If possible, don’t talk to your accusers

They are the people who want you to undergo punishment for a crime you didn’t commit. Don’t tell them something that they will try to turn around on you and make you look guilty. The best decision is to stay away from those people that have accused you of a crime. If they are the authorities, remember your rights. Cooperate with them as much as possible, but don’t be scared to have a legal team at present to support you.

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6. Remember that it is sometimes good not to say anything

Avoid been coerced to say something that can be used against you. If you’re terrified to say anything, then the best thing to do doesn’t mean anything at all. Wait until you can speak to your lawyer and try to be brave. Chances are, the whole matter will be cleared up and you will be able to continue your normal life quickly.

7. Document all you have experienced

Once you are released out of jail or away from the police station, go home and document all you can remember about your experience with the police and the event that is in question. Search for any evidence that can support your claims such as work schedules and receipts. Photocopy all this information and submit the original copy to your attorney. However, it is essential to remember not to do this while in police custody, the interrogation room, or jail, as you aren’t subjected to privacy in these instances.

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False accusation is more common than we’d like to imagine. Knowing the right things to do and how to respond whenever this type of accusation occurs will make all the difference in the outcome of those charges.

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Published on July 29, 2020

How to Build Strategic Thinking Skills for Effective Leadership

How to Build Strategic Thinking Skills for Effective Leadership

Have you been thinking of how you can be a more strategic leader during these uncertain times? Has the pandemic thrown a wrench at all your carefully laid out plans and initiatives?

You’re not alone. The truth is, we all want some stability in our careers and teams during this disruptive pandemic.

However, this now requires a bit more effort than before and making the leap from merely surviving to thriving means buckling down to some serious strategic thinking and maintaining a determined mindset.

Is There a Way to Thrive Despite These Disruptions?

Essentially – yes, although you need to be willing to put in the work. Every leader wants to develop strategic thinking skills so that they can enhance overall team performance and boost their company’s success, but what exactly does it mean to be strategic in the context of the times we live in?

If you happen to be in a leadership position in your organization right now, you are most probably navigating precarious waters given the disruptions caused by the pandemic. There’s a lot more pressure than before because your actions and decisions will have a much greater impact these days not just on you, but also to the people who are part of your team.

Companies often bring me in to coach executives on strategic thinking and planning. And while pre-pandemic I would usually start by highlighting the advantages of strategic thinking, nowadays, I always begin these Zoom coaching sessions by driving home the point that this pandemic has now made strategic thinking not just an option but an absolute must.

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Assessing and making plans through the lens of a good strategy might require significant work at first. Nevertheless, you can take comfort in the fact that the rewards will far outweigh the effort, as you’ll soon see after following the 8 strategic steps I have outlined below.

8 Steps to Strategic Thinking

As events unfold during these strange times, you’re bound to feel wrong-footed every now and then. Being a leader during this pandemic means preparing for more change not just for you, but for your whole team as well.

As states and cities go through a cycle of lockdowns and reopening, employees will experience the full gamut of human emotions in dizzying speed, and you will often be called on to provide insight and stability to your team and workplace.

Strategic thinking is all about anticipation and preparation. Rather than expending your energy merely helping your company put out fires and survive, you can put the time to better use by charting out a solid plan that can protect and help you and your company thrive.

Take the following steps to build solid initiatives and roll out successful projects:

Step 1: Step Back, Then Set the Scope

One of the things that leaders get wrong during their first attempt at strategic thinking is expecting that it is just another item on a checklist. The truth is, you need to take a good, long look at the bigger picture before anything else. This means decisively prioritizing and stepping away from tasks that can be delegated to others. Free up your schedule so you can focus on this crucial task at hand.

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Then, proceed with setting the scope and the strategic goals of the project or initiative you plan to build or execute. Ask yourself the bigger question of why you need to embark on a particular project and when would be the right time to do so.

You need to set a timeline as well, anywhere from 6 months to 5 years. Keep in mind that your projections will deteriorate the further out you go as you make longer-term plans.

For this reason, add extra resources, flexibility, and resilience if you have a longer timeline. You should also be making the goals less specific if you’re charting it out for the longer term.

Step 2: Make a List of Experts

Make and keep a list of credible people who can contribute solid insight and feedback to your initiative. This could range from key stakeholders to industry experts, mentors, and even colleagues who previously planned and rolled out similar projects.

Reach out to the people on this list regularly while you work through the steps to bring diverse insight into your planning process. This way, you will be able to approach any problem from every angle.

Bringing key stakeholders into this initial process will also display your willingness to listen and empathize with their issues. In return, this will build trust and potentially pave the way for smoother buy-in down the line.

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Step 3: Anticipate the Future

After identifying your goals and gathering feedback, it’s time to consider what the future would look like if everything goes as you intuitively anticipate. Then, lay out the kind and amount of resources (money, time, social capital) that might be needed to keep this anticipated future running.

Step 4: Brainstorm on Potential Internal and External Problems

Next, think of how the future would look if you encountered unexpected problems internal and external to the business activity that seriously jeopardize your expected vision of the future. Write out what kind of potential problems you might encounter, including low-probability ones.

Assess the likelihood that you will run into each problem. To gauge, multiply the likelihood by the number of resources needed to address the problem. Try to convert the resources into money if possible so that you can have a single unit of measurement.

Then, think of what steps you can take to address these internal and external problems before they even happen. Write out how much you expect these steps might cost. Lastly, add up all the extra resources that may be needed because of the different possible problems and all the steps you committed to taking to address them in advance.

Step 5: Identify Potential Opportunities, Internal and External

Imagine how your expected plan would look if unexpected opportunities came up. Most of these will be external but consider internal ones as well. Then, gauge the likelihood of each scenario and the number of resources you would need to take advantage of each opportunity. Convert the resources into money if possible.

Then, think of what steps you can take in advance to take advantage of unexpected opportunities and write out how much you expect these steps might cost. Finally, add up all the extra resources that may be needed because of the different unexpected opportunities and all the steps you committed to taking to address them in advance.

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Step 6: Check for Cognitive Biases

Check for potential cognitive biases that are relevant to you personally or to the organization as a whole, and adjust the resources and plans to address such errors.[1] Make sure to at least check for loss aversion, status quo bias, confirmation bias, attentional bias, overconfidence, optimism bias, pessimism bias, and halo and horns effects.

Step 7: Account for Unknown Unknowns (Black Swans)

To have a more effective strategy, account for black swans as well. These are unknown unknowns -unpredictable events that have potentially severe consequences.

To account for these black swans, add 40 percent to the resources you anticipate. Also, consider ways to make your plans more flexible and secure than you intuitively feel is needed.

Step 8: Communicate and Take the Next Steps

Communicate the plan to your stakeholders, and give them a heads up about the additional resources needed. Then, take the next steps to address the unanticipated problems and take advantage of the opportunities you identified by improving your plans, as well as allocating and reserving resources.

Finally, take note that there will be cases when you’ll need to go back and forth these steps to make improvements, (a fix here, an improvement there) so be comfortable with revisiting your strategy and reaching out to your list of experts.

Conclusion

A great way to deal with feelings of uncertainty during this pandemic is to anticipate obstacles with a good plan – and a sure road to that is practicing strategic thinking.

In the coming months and years, you’ll need to continue navigating uncharted territory so that you can lead your team to safe waters. Regularly doing these 8 steps to strategic thinking will ensure that you can prepare for and adapt  to the coming changes with increasing clarity, perspective, and efficiency.[2]

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