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New York Times bestselling author Simon Sinek presented Castle Rock Police Chief Jack Cauley with the 2018 Igniter of the Year award at the Dec. 17 Town Council meeting. Sinek is a motivational speaker and author of five books on leadership and team building, including Start With Why, Find Your Why, Leaders Eat Last, Together is Better and The Infinite Game.
Each year Sinek presents the award to the person who has taken his vision and run with it, building upon it and making it better. Someone who ignites the spirit in other people, creating the spark and turning it into a flame.
“The Igniter of the Year Award is given to the person who takes my work and uses it, without any guidance or help, embraces the work and uses it to transform the culture and the lives of the people around them,” said Sinek in the award presentation to Cauley. “Your officers, your staff and your community are better off, thanks to you.”
Chapter 7 of Sinek’s recently released book, The Infinite Game, focuses on creating trusting teams rather than teams of people who simply work together. Cauley is highlighted in the chapter for his effort to create a culture shift in the Castle Rock Police Department where the pressure to meet numbers has been replaced with a drive to take care of one another and to better serve the community.
Castle Rock Police Department’s unique team-building philosophy is called One-by-One Policing, and it’s widely embraced by all members of the department. One-by-One Policing promotes consistency over intensity and stresses the importance of ensuring every member of the department feels safe in their work environment.
“The internal safety fosters a culture of problem-solving and an environment where members of the department can thrive. The culture shift has been transformational on many levels for our officers, and for the community we serve,” said Cauley. “I am honored to have the department’s team-building efforts recognized in Simon’s book, and I’m absolutely humbled to receive his 2018 Igniter of the Year award.”