Learning Organizations

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?

How We Learn Versus How We Think We Learn

Robert Bjork, Distinguished Research Professor in the UCLA Department of Psychology, shares insights from his work as a renowned expert on human learning. Bjork has been studying learning and memory for more than four decades. Recorded on 02/17/2016. I just loved this video because it shows the serious gap of how we learn versus how we think we learn. Important for police officers and police trainer as well as police leaders to understand!

In Building Trust, Actions…Speak Louder Than Words!

“We're never so vulnerable than when we trust someone--but paradoxically, if we cannot trust, neither can we find love or joy.” —Walter Anderson.

In his book The Speed of trust Steven M.R. Covey says:

The Demand For Autodidacts – The Self-Taught in an Age of Shrinking Budgets by Patrick Van Horne

Here is another great piece by Patrick Van Horne of the CP Journal and author of the outstanding book Left of Bang. Here Patrick discusses the importance of Autodidacts' (self learners). It always been my preference to seek those people out who have a growth mindset. A willingness to continually learn. Continually improve.

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 Five Learning Disciplines

THE CORE OF LEARNING ORGANIZATION WORK IS BASED UPON FIVE “learning disciplines”— lifelong programs of study and practice:

  1. Personal Mastery— learning to expand our personal capacity to create the results we most desire, and creating an organizational environment which encourages all its members to develop themselves toward the goals and purposes they choose.

What is Leadership?

Here is my favorite definition of strength of character I got from my friend Don Vandergriff-

“A leader that seeks out responsibility and has a fondness for responsibility as well as the making and standing by their decisions in the face of the enemy, peers and superiors.”

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