Decision Making

Understanding the OODA Loop by Derek Stephens

Photo courtesy of
Photo courtesy of

The key to acting more quickly than your adversary is to make it an unconscious response.

Flatenning the Decision Cycle in Tactical Units

I was just turned on to a great website "An Enlightened Soldier" a site dedicated to the study of war, warfare and leadership. In this piece they discuss mission command, its 6 principles and then a simple method on how to improve individual and hence organizational OODA Loops. Stay Oriented! Fred

Tactical Supervision: Coaches and Chessplayers: Guest Post By Louis Hayes

Some more interesting thinking from Louis Hayes purveyor of The Illinois Model. Here he talks about the balance of linear thinking for the technical problems (Chess player) and nonlinear thinking (Coach)for the adaptive problems we in law enforcement face. As with most we do in law enforcement there is a balance to be struck if we are to be successful. Thanks to Louis for allowing us to post here!


To effectively function in the initial, chaotic stages of a crisis, develop adaptive leaders

“The learning organization overcomes the impediment of centralized responsibility by instilling within the organization’s members a thirst for creativity and hunger for a challenge.” ~Brig. Gen. David A. Fastabend and Robert Simpson, Adapt or Die

The Missing Piece of NIMS: Teaching Incident Commanders How to Function in the Edge of Chaos by Police Chief, Cynthia Renaud

The Homeland Security Affairs article "The Missing Piece of NIMS: Teaching Incident Commanders How to Function in the Edge of Chaos" by Folsom California Police Chief, Cynthia Renaud is a must read article for law enforcement.

From Police One 3 techniques for controlling your brain with Chief Joel F. Shults, Ed.D.

If you see a snake in the woods, your linking brain can potentially “see” every twig was a snake for the duration of your long walk home

For a layman like me, a general understanding of brain function can be simplified as consisting of a lizard brain, linking brain, and logic brain.

Deadly Force: Have We Lost Our Senses? Guest Post by Louis Hayes

You are sitting in one of the finest restaurants in your city - the sort of place where the a-la-carte side dishes easily push the bill into triple digits. There's reminiscing with old friends at your table. Before you know it, you realize the discussion was so captivating that you haven't tasted your meal since the first bite. How the heck did a $50 slab of meat sneak its way past your taste buds? Better yet, how did you not notice your boss sit down at the next table over...30 minutes ago?

Unconventional Crises, Unconventional Responses: Reforming Leadership in the Age of Catastrophic Crises and “Hyper complexity”

“Most “tabletop” simulation exercises follow a common pattern. Organizers prepare a detailed scenario ahead of the event. After its premises are laid out and participants set to work, new information is released on a regular basis, indicating developments brought about in part by the participants’ decisions. In their response, participants are expected to conform to a set plan, which the simulation aims to test and rehearse.

Guest Post: Adaptive Decision-Making by Sid Heal

All crises are fraught with uncertainty. While uncertainty must be reduced to the maximum possible extent, it can never be completely eliminated. Accordingly, efforts will always be necessary to deal with the unexpected. Effective leaders are compelled to continually improvise, innovate and adapt to ever-changing circumstances. The most successful leaders are able to both anticipate a change and promptly deal with it. Developing these types of leaders then becomes an imperative.

Syndicate content