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Powerful Facilitation: Two Critical Approaches

Royce Holiday's latest blog on Powerful Facilitation: Two Critical Approaches expands on her last blog post that defined three competencies that contribute to powerful facilitation. These competencies help the facilitator deal with the complex challenges of groups.

The Case Method In Developing Police: "Cold Calling" Will Have to Be Unambiguous

"...I describe the kinds of mistakes human beings make, the blind alleys they follow down and the detours they take in attempting tempting to cope with such problems. But I am not concerned with thinking alone, for thinking is always rooted in the total process of psychic chic activity. There is no thinking without emotion. We get angry, for example, when we can’t solve a problem, and our anger influences our thinking. Thought is embedded in a context of feeling and affect; thought influences, and is in turn influenced by, that context." -Dietrich Dorner 

The Biggest Obstacle to Tactical Progress… and How to Beat It

Special Tactics has a great piece up on their site The Biggest Obstacle to Tactical Progress… and How to Beat It which gets into how a lot of wasted time on training days gets lost in the time spent arguing over tactics.

Pete’s Combat Wish List Pt 2: Mental Models, Mistakes, Reflection and Learning on the Fly

Mental models are the images, assumptions, and stories which we carry in our minds of ourselves, other people, institutions, and every aspect of the world. Like a pane of glass framing and subtly distorting our vision, mental models determine what we see. Human beings cannot navigate through the complex environments of our world without cognitive “mental maps”; and all of these mental maps, by definition, are flawed in some way.

Pete’s Wish List for Combat Warriors. Perhaps Some Lessons for Poliicng as Well?

I love this wish list by Pete Turner. It fits policing as well, as what I am teaching cops this year Procedural Justice and Combatting Violent Extremism. His take on emotional verse cultural intelligence is spot on and describes as well what we police must consider and how we police must be more deliberate in our policing efforts, to be more effective.

What Affect Does the Human Dimension and Human Bias Have on Policing?

There remains an awful lot of negative perceptions of police here in America. Since the summer of 2014, the issue of policing exploded in the national consciousness, etched there by video of one person after another dying at the hands of police.

What virtues are the most essential for a warrior to live by in order to prepare for, protect against and prevent violence? 

What virtues are the most essential for a warrior to live by in order to prepare for, protect against and prevent violence? 

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