Adaptive Leadership

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.

Research: Adaptive Skill as the Conditio Sine Qua Non of Expertise

A great research paper "Adaptive Skill as the Conditio Sine Qua Non of Expertise" with links to many other studies on developing adaptability. The paper covers a lot of ground I feel is of great value to policing who are tasked with dealing with complex societal problems, crime, crises, conflict and violence and require the essential skill of adaptability to effectively applying courses of action. Here is a General Audience Summary:

How the Germans Defined Auftragstaktik: What Mission Command is - AND - is Not by Don Vandergriff

Don Vandergriff has his latest article in the Small Wars Journal, on how Auftragstaktik (Mission Command) developed and why.

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.

Making It Safer: A Study of Law Enforement Fatalities Between 2010-2016

I received and email on a Study of Law Enforcement Fatalities: Making It Safer from both Retired Chief Jeff Chudwin, a well known law enforcement trainer who has served as the president of the Illinois Tactical Officers Association and, G.I. Wilson who served 37 years in the United States Marine Corps (1969-2006), is currently part of the Adjunct Faculty Palomar College (Administration of Justice) and is the current Commissioner, North San Diego County Gang Commission and has been since 2011.

Professional Reading and Development: It Doesn’t Give All the Answers, But It Lights What Is Often a Uncertain Path Ahead

"Everything we hear is an opinion, not a fact. Everything we see is a perspective, not the truth." ~Marcus Aurelius

What Are The Force Multipliers That Allow Police Organizations to Operate at Rapid OODA Loop Tempos?

When teaching, writing about and discussing adaptive leadership, the critical questions that often ariseare, what type of organization operates at rapid OODA Loop tempos and how do we implement it? How are we suppose to size up situations, focus our efforts, so they are safe and effective with mission type orders and mutual trust? How do we develop an organizational climate for operational success?

Why Frontline Employees Should Make All Decisions:Lessons Police Can Learn From The Corporate Rebels

On Chet Richards recommendation I surfed over to the Corporate Rebels site and found this great piece, "Why Frontline Employees Should Make All Decisions" To those of you, who know me and, frequent my blog will understand why this article was particularly appealing to me and, why it should be of interest to policing is also, glaringly clear.

In this post the Corporate Rebels discus the status quo of command-and-control:

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