Fred Leland

Imagine a Police Culture Where People Wake Up Every Day Inspired to Go to Work

“As a leader, we are not responsible for the results. As a leader, we are responsible for the people who are responsible for the results.” ~Simon Sinek

The Blame Game: Who @#$%ed This Up?

"The urge to blame military misfortunes on individuals runs as deep as the inclination to blame human error for civil disasters." ~Eliot Cohen and John Gooch, Military Misfortunes: The Anatomy of Failure in War

Breaking Down the Stranglehold of Formality


"Sell your clothes and keep your thoughts." ~Henry David Thoreau

Sizing Up Situations Is A Skill, We Need To Develop

"The importance of recognizing the underlying factors and influences in play cannot be overstated. Imagine, for example, the advantages of recognizing the significance of the element of surprise as a condition of success for the Branch Davidian raid or the futility of a surround and call-out at Columbine. Clearly, some understanding of the nature of what is occurring is of great advantage." ~Sid Heal

Tactical Decision Games, Obscure Information and Generating New Ways to Thrive in the Climate of Chaos and Uncertainty

“Like a well-written mystery novel, a well-taught case makes extensive use of ignorance. Just as knowing the identity of the culprit deprives the mystery reader of the pleasure of figuring things out for himself, premature knowledge of the historical solution to case deprives the student of much of the benefit of engaging a problem that is entirely new to him.

Developing Teamwork, Leadership Skills and Decision Makers with Case Study's "Washington's Crossing"

The decision-forcing cases taught at Quantico make greater use of role play than those used at many other institutions. Thus, while a case teacher in a business school might ask "what would you do if you were the president of this company?", his counterpart at Quantico would say something like, "Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of the French! What are your orders, Sire?"

IN COMMAND AND OUT OF CONTROL

CATO Cover Spring 2014

This article is published in the current Spring 2014 CATO news, the official publication of the California Association of Tactical Officers. It was both an honor and privilege to have it published in this professional journal. Republished here with permission.

Situational Assessments: Being Mindful of What’s Important Now!

I read a tip from the Harvard Business Review this morning titled “Boost Performance by Managing Mindfully.” It immediately brought to mind how routine driven we in law enforcement really are.

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