Kim Hamel and Her 90-Day Plan
This critical incident about a senior-ranking female in law enforcement focuses on a decision about whether to create a formal, 90-day plan during a career transition, or take things day-by-day as a means to positively impact her police department. It affords students an opportunity to think about the importance of first impressions in a role, leadership styles, social capital as a career asset, gender barriers to advancement (particularly in law enforcement), and managing a career transition effectively. The critical incident discusses the protagonist’s career history in law enforcement, the strengths that helped her succeed, and the challenges and opportunities her department faced that could serve as a basis for 90-day plan goals and associated actions. Students have the opportunity to develop 90-day plans for positions of their choosing based on learning gained from the critical incident.