The Case Method. Tactical Decision Games

How to Make a Small Unit Decision Forcing Cases by Bruce Gudmundsson

This article provides a step-by-step guide to the creation of a decision-forcing case about a dilemma faced by a small unit leader at some time in the past century or so.

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.

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 

Types of Cases

Reading maketh a full man, conference a ready man …" Sir Francis Bacon

The Case Method Project of the Marine Corps University employs two types of cases: the “conference-style case” and the “Harvard-style case.” The heart of each type of case – a decision made by a leader in a specific real-life situation – is the same. They differ, however, in the way that students make sense of the context of the decision.

The role of humility in the Socratic method by Bruce Ivar Gudmundsson

In the spring of 2010, while I was teaching my first case-based undergraduate course, a student paid me an unusual compliment. “Professor,” he said, “you are more humble than most academics.”

Experiential Learning Defined

A great piece that asks the question; What is experiential learning? from the University of Texas Faculty Innovation Center. This is an important piece for us trainers because how we develop people in the policing profession is paramount to their effectiveness on the street as they make decision under pressure on the street. The old check the box training does not cut it and quite frankly it never has.

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