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Professional Reading and Development: It Doesn’t Give All the Answers, But It Lights What Is Often a Uncertain Path Ahead

"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." ~Marcus Aurelius

What Are The Force Multipliers That Allow Police Organizations to Operate at Rapid OODA Loop Tempos?

When teaching, writing about and discussing adaptive leadership, the critical questions that often ariseare, what type of organization operates at rapid OODA Loop tempos and how do we implement it? How are we suppose to size up situations, focus our efforts, so they are safe and effective with mission type orders and mutual trust? How do we develop an organizational climate for operational success?

Why Frontline Employees Should Make All Decisions:Lessons Police Can Learn From The Corporate Rebels

On Chet Richards recommendation I surfed over to the Corporate Rebels site and found this great piece, "Why Frontline Employees Should Make All Decisions" To those of you, who know me and, frequent my blog will understand why this article was particularly appealing to me and, why it should be of interest to policing is also, glaringly clear.

In this post the Corporate Rebels discus the status quo of command-and-control:

What was Boyd Thinking and...What Can Policing Learn From It?

I just had to share this piece and great illustration on John Boyd's work from Chet Richards's site Slightly East of New. All too often in policing we play follow the follower when it comes to new ideas, strategy and tactics.

Proper Mindset, Situational Awareness, Skill Proficiency and Physical Fitness: Force Multipliers of Great Value to Police

In the introduction to their book Law Enforcement Close Quarter Battle: Urban Tactics For Individuals, Teams and Tactical Units, Special Tactics, defines The Four Pillars of Survival as proper mindset, situational awareness, skill proficiency and physical fitness. They go on to say, these pillars form the basis for mission success and improve split second decision-making in direct combat situations.

Recognizing The Signs and Signals That Lead To Violent Acts At Our Schools and Making Collaborative Efforts to Prevent Them

“Know yourself and know your enemy. You will be safe in every battle. You may know yourself but not know the enemy. You will then lose one battle for every one you win. You may not know yourself or the enemy. You will then lose every battle.” ~Sun Tzu

Adaptive Leader Program: Developing Thinking Leaders Who Lead Thinking Officers

The late Col. John Boyd was constantly admonishing leaders in the United States to remember that in the field of human competition the three most important determinants of success are People, Ideas and Things – in that order. Identifying and developing good decision makers is the first obligation of any organization – without those decision makers the best ideas will not emerge and cannot succeed. Organizations are already full of potentially brilliant leaders who just need to be unleashed on the problems and opportunities crisis or conflicts are made of.

What Are Mission-Type Orders and How Do They Influence a More Effective Crisis Response?

If I heard it said once, I have heard it said a thousand times. “Maneuver and Mission Command sound like you want cops responding to crisis to have free reign. You want them to come as they are and do as they please. We would have nothing but a “cluster F*&#$” (Charley Foxtrot) on our hands. We have plans (usually 6 inches thick plans) for schools and workplaces and we need to follow them! I cannot trust my people without my direction and guiding their actions in crisis. So why allow this type of response?”

Tactics Are They More High Diddle, Diddle Straight Up the Middle the Devil Be Damned or Maneuver and Boyd Cycling an Adversary?

Police training, too often has focused its tactical training on developing the physical skills of police. This has them learning tactics as a series of formulas, starting in recruit training. Tactics are defined as the how to of things for example; response to domestic violence calls, car stop tactics (unknown and high risk), robberies, school shooting response, gang violence, etc.

There Are No School Solutions, Formulas or Recipes to School Shootings, so How Can We Develop Better Courses of Action?

When someone commits an act of violence, and especially when our most valuable assets “our kids” are killed senselessly, we look for answers. Answers to why it happened and how the threats, the signs and signals and opportunities to prevent the act were missed?

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