Fred Leland

A Major Problem We Must Confront as Police Trainers and Students: How To Improve Performance?

Carl Jung says “affective learning is a product of both education and training. It’s a change in behavior as a result of experience. Learning clearly includes training and education. How we perceive is highly related to how we think and learn and to what we know. Evidence shows we have preferences for using one mode of apprehension, thinking, and evaluation over others and that such preferences are ‘hard-wired,’ but not beyond our control. We can learn to alternative ‘world views’ clearly distinct from our own and then begin viewing the world as others do.

Conflict and Crisis are Full of Friction: The Force That Makes the Apparently Easy so Difficult

Friction in decision making s its often portrayed in conflict as a simple concept to understand. Viewing a video tape over and over and 20/20 hindsight, seem to have this impact on those watching media reports or nowadays, officer patrol car or body cameras.  But in practice, because of the countless factors that impinge on it, dealing with conflict becomes extremely difficult.

Teaching United States Marine Instructors New Tricks: Developing Adaptability Through Experiential Learning

We Make Marines

“Some military commanders do not know how to adjust their methods. They can find an advantageous position. Still they cannot use their men effectively.” ~ Sun Tzu, The Art Of War 8:1.19-21

Inspiring People to Lifelong Learning & Impacting Their Ability to Make Sound Decisions 

What is the purpose, cause or belief that inspires you, or as Simon Sinek would put it have you discovered your, why? Simon explains every person knows what they do. Your job title, function, the products you sell or services you offer. Some people know how they do it. The actions you take that set you apart from others. Few people know WHY they do it. The purpose, cause or belief that inspires you.

We Can't Just Use the Same Mental Recipes Over and Over Again: In Police Training We Must Challenge The Prevailing Mindset

I just finished up facilitating the sergeants leadership course which is heavily focused on developing adaptability and uses experiential learning and tools for learning such as tactical decision games, and case studies is designed to teach the “how-to” teach inspiring leaders how to be adaptive. It also includes discussion on the main tool used in this approach, the development and use of scenarios to improve decision making for police leaders leading thinking police officers. I love teaching this class as it always is evolving and those participating take home confidence in themselves.

Reflection Leads to Deeper Learning...Put Each Day Up For Review

"I will keep constant watch over myself and most usefully will put each day up for review. For this is what makes us evil, that none of us looks back upon our own lives. We reflect upon only that which we are about to do. And yet our plans for the future descend from the past." ~Seneca, Moral Letters

I have been reading a lot about the importance of reflection on our days happenings. Mentally replay your entire day and then ask yourself the following questions:

  • Did I behave according to my principles?

Defining Policing 's Training & Education Challenge...Some Ideas On Achieving High Levels of Professionalism

Today, the term “education” has become almost meaningless. People speak of a “high school education.” They assume any college will automatically “provide an education.”  (Lind & S, 1985) Virtually any sort of instruction is assumed to have “educational value.” But education is more than the learning of skills or the acquisition of facts. It includes acquiring a broad understanding of one’s culture, its development and the principles upon which it is founded.

Is Your Purpose in Life Based on Self Awareness and Strength of Character or Are You Just Following the Crowd?

"A man's true greatness lies in the consciousness of an honest purpose in life, founded on a just estimate of himself and everything else, on frequent self-examinations, and a steady obedience to the rule which he knows to be right, without troubling himself about what others may think or say, or whether they do or do not that which he thinks and says and does."   - Marcus Aurelius

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