LESC Links April 23rd 2010

Calif. cops look for leads in booby trap attacks

Hemet police and FBI agents served a series of search warrants throughout Riverside County this morning searching for leads on the attacks on Hemet police.

Police arrested and or detained 16 people this morning on suspicion of unspecified crimes. Police said no one arrested has been directly charged with any of the attacks that threatened officers or destroyed police and city property.

Cops are taking a proactive strategy here in an attempt to get to the bottom of who is making threats and attempts on their lives. There appears to be a sense of urgency here that has been realized and heeded. The first step in resolving a problem is in identifying it! ~Fred

Today's Training and Education (Development) Revolution: The Future is Now! by Donald E. Vandergriff

The challenge the army faces today is not one of over-thinking situations; rather, it is the failure to think clearly in situations that require sound judgment at junior levels, and leadership’s hesitation to believe that juniors can or will think clearly. soldiers and junior leaders who are trained or conditioned to “look” at the situation—i.e., to assess, exercise judgment and make decisions—are more decisive, deliberate and correct in their actions. this is particularly important in the complex environment of full-spectrum operations. the most important capability needed for the army future force may well be thinking soldiers and junior leaders who seek after the “why” of a situation, task or directive, to understand and make better use of the purpose behind it. and the future is now.

Don Vandergriff has done it again with this great piece on training and leading into the future. Getting it right today is crucial  to meeting the evolving threats tomorrow with a full-spectrum response.  Read the whole thing here. ~Fred

Leadership By Wandering Around!

We—leaders of every stripe—are in the “Human Growth and Development and Success and Aspiration to Excellence business.” “We” [leaders] only grow when “they” [each and every one of our colleagues] are growing. “We” [leaders] only succeed when “they” [each and every one of our colleagues] are succeeding. “We” [leaders] only energetically march toward Excellence when “they” [each and every one of our colleagues] are energetically marching toward Excellence, Period. ~Tom Peters, The Little BIG Things: 163 Ways to Pursue EXCELLENCE

Leadership by wandering around (LBWA) is a spin off of Tom Peter’s management by wandering around (MBWA). What’s the real difference? Not much, except I just plain do not like the word manager, nor how many people manage.

Personally I prefer leaders, those folks who, by their very nature, are willing and capable of leading. Leaders are DOERS who know how to get things done by inspiring people through interaction, example and caring enough to know a great deal about those they work with. Leaders typically want to know their people, how they operate and what makes them tick. They learn this by wandering around talking and more importantly listening to those on the frontline -- those in the know!  Continue reading