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Leading Discussions and Facilitating Better Training Outcomes

This post contains information on how to guide a discussion and is taken and adapted from THE UNITED STATES MARINE CORPS, Marine Corps University User's Guide to Marine Corps Values, which is a 452 page document (don't worry this post is no where near that long). It is packed full of good information, just try not to get too wrapped up in the linear outline. As I was reading this guide I realized it has some great information on leading discussions.

Police Leaders Mentoring and Coaching Their People: the Cornerstone to Top Performance in Crises

I have written about The United States Marine Corps (USMC) Small Unit Decision Making (SUDM) initiative to support their effort to “improve the ability of small unit leaders across the Marine Corps to improve their intuitive ability to assess, decide, and act while operating in a more decentralized manner.” Sounds very familiar to what policing has been talking about and looking for in our efforts to improve individual and team performance in handling crisis.

Research: Adaptive Skill as the Conditio Sine Qua Non of Expertise

A great research paper "Adaptive Skill as the Conditio Sine Qua Non of Expertise" with links to many other studies on developing adaptability. The paper covers a lot of ground I feel is of great value to policing who are tasked with dealing with complex societal problems, crime, crises, conflict and violence and require the essential skill of adaptability to effectively applying courses of action. Here is a General Audience Summary:

How the Germans Defined Auftragstaktik: What Mission Command is - AND - is Not by Don Vandergriff

Don Vandergriff has his latest article in the Small Wars Journal, on how Auftragstaktik (Mission Command) developed and why.

Avioding Hostilities is the Goal But Sometimes to Gain The Advantage Reasonable Force Must Be Used

"Undertake armed conflict when it creates an advantage. Seeking armed conflict for its own sake is dangerous." ~The Art of War 7:1.14-15

With all the talk of de-escalation these days in regards to policing, I thought I would write post that's asks the question, should you always avoid hostile confrontation?

  • You should not avoid confrontation if it creates an advantage (answer).
  • You should not avoid confrontation if it hurts the competition.
  • You should never avoid confrontation.

Police Ethos:The Warrior and Guardian Mindset Are They Not One In the Same?

Over the last several years there has been much discussion in policing on the terms warrior and guardian or I should say, warrior verses guardian. The political climate and or political correctness from both inside and outside policing has clouded and created much uncertainty, that puts both police and those they serve in danger. For generations, police have trained, fought crime and violence and died because of what some men did contrary to our way of life. The American way of life.

Neighborhood Watch is Homeland Security at the Most Local Level

Neighborhood Watch is one of the oldest and best-known crime prevention organizations in North America. It’s been around a long time —since 1972 — and it’s a way for communities to band together, in conjunction with law enforcement, to make their neighborhoods safer and improve people’s quality of life.

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