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Outstanding piece! The Myth of Mission Command by Don Vandergriff

U.S. and NATO doctrine manuals are too thick and redundant. I recommended to the Army CSA General Casey in 2008 in an office call that they should be pocket book, handbook size around 30 pages, in big font, double spaced pages and mainly using short historical vignettes—good and bad—for examples. They should consist of principles. Under Mission Command let our people figure it out how to accomplish the principles based on a never ending evolution of Lessons Learned and experience. Inter mix them with good and bad historical lessons.

Situational Assessments: Being Mindful of What’s Important Now!

I read a tip from the Harvard Business Review this morning titled “Boost Performance by Managing Mindfully.” It immediately brought to mind how routine driven we in law enforcement really are.

Discipline: The Lost Art of Leadership

In law enforcement we often wonder why the effectiveness of our organizations is less than we desire. We ponder all kinds of reasons, such as; budgets, time, the legal and liability effects. We label people as malcontents, nonconformists, or poor performers, or perhaps poor policies and procedures, rules and regulations and poor or inconsistent training. Failure to hold people accountable and a lack of discipline are also discussed at length.

Incident Strategy and Tactics: The Baby Diaper Analogy

Is it more important to be a kick-ass gunfighter? ...or to have the wisdom and understanding on how to stay out of a gunfight in the first place? And on which of these things should police instructors being focusing their efforts? This debate isn't limited to only the use of police deadly force; it's one that permeates law enforcement education and training as a whole.

Adaptive Leaders …Develop Strength of Character

“Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man’s character, give him power.” -Abraham Lincoln

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