Outcomes Based Training and Education

Keys to Training Excellence: Evidence Based Research Policing Can Use

Been talking about and doing experiential learning and the art of facilitation in police training for well over a decade (closer to 2 decades). "When it comes to police training the method of delivery (not the content) determined the maintenance and flexibility of the skill.” Its about how we teach the programs that matters! Rote learning via PowerPoint lectures and check the box training programs teaching solely skill sets and school solutions must end.

PODCAST: Tactical Decision Games with Bruce Gudmundsson and Don Vandergriff

Military leaders are faced with a dilemma unique among the professions. While doctors get to practice medicine, architects get to design buildings, and educators get to teach students on a daily basis, military professionals spend the vast majority of their careers preparing to do a job they rarely, and in some fortunate cases, never have to actually perform.

The Learning Insurgency: It’s an Evolution, not a Revolution By Donald E. Vandergriff

If the USMC wants to improve the decision-making, adaptability and other core warfighting skills, then we must change the way Marines learn from the current approach (which is internal process-focused, primarily based on the “Competency theory”) to a new approach (which is externally, effect/outcome-focused) more aligned with the outcomes we are seeking (see Figure 1 below). This figure was created by the recent students from the Tactics Instruction Section at USMC Officer Candidate School or OCS.

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Developing Police Sergeants: Getting the Outcomes and Measures of Effectiveness Right

I spent the last week facilitating The Sergeants Leadership Class for the Massachusetts Police Training Committee (MPTC). The class is a five day class full of officers who vary in years of experience on the job but are new to the leadership position of sergeant. The course is packed full of theory, leadership styles such as theory X &Y, McGregor’s Transformational leadership, etc. We cover personalities and Myers Briggs is taken by the new sergeants who get a chance to discuss and reflect upon who they and their fellow students are.

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.

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.

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 

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