Continuous Improvement

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.

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.

Discipline: The Lost Art of Leadership

In law enforcement we often wonder why the effectiveness of our organizations is less than we desire. We ponder all kinds of reasons, such as; budgets, time, the legal and liability effects. We label people as malcontents, nonconformists, or poor performers, or perhaps poor policies and procedures, rules and regulations and poor or inconsistent training. Failure to hold people accountable and a lack of discipline are also discussed at length.

For Meaningful Lasting Results, Get Into the Weeds…and Identify Root Causes

fishing weeds

I have over the years often heard the term “we need to get out of the weeds and solve this problem” I have even heard “I don’t want to hear the problem give me the solutions!” Whatever happened to Charles Kettering‘s idea that; “A problem well stated is a problem half-solved?”

What Makes a "World Class" Tactically Proficient Peacekeeper?

I had a discussion on facebook that centered on the question; how can a law enforcement organization gain “world class” tactical proficiency? This posed an insightful question from my good friend Marshall Wallace, What is "world class"? Is there a definition or metric that would allow an officer to know that he/she was approaching that level? I thought to myself that, my friend is the question? What is “world class” and how do we measure it?

Tactical Decision Games to Increase Speed and Maturity of Problem Solving: The Lessons Learned

“Confronted with a task, and having less information available than is needed to perform that task, an organization may react in either of two ways. One is to increase its information-processing capacity, the other to design the organization, and indeed the task itself, in such a way as to enable it to operate on the basis of less information. These approaches are exhaustive; no others are conceivable. A failure to adopt one or the other will automatically result in a drop in the level of performance.” —Martin van Creveld, Command in War

The Path to Better Execution in Seeing, Understanding and Solving Complex Problems is a Learning Organization

“…organizations where people continually expand their capacity to create the results they truly desire, where new and expansive patterns of thinking are nurtured, where collective aspiration is set free, and where people are continually learning to see the whole together.” ~Peter Senge

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