Showing posts from June, 2016

Is the current model of US police training broken beyond repair?

NOTE: This is not an article about physical fitness training. It's an analogy on disruption, innovation, integration, and overall fighting the industrialized machine.Last week, I tweeted that I'm gonna do to police training what Greg Glassman & CrossFit did to the fitness industry.A few days later, I posted fifty tweets under the hashtag#MyPoliceAcademy- where I discussed what I changes I would make if given the opportunity to design my own basic police recruit academy. Together, they were bold statements, a lofty vision, and taken as insult to many. But this is no apology. 
In about 2006, I was introduced toCrossFit, a company that revolutionized the physical fitness industry. Its philosophy was to produce athletes with generalized fitness abilities, through complicated functional movements, high intensity, and the bare essentials of equipment.
CrossFit's founder Greg Glassman entered into the fitness industry fighting corporate-sized gyms, kinesiologists, body-builder …

Why Leaders Need "Yes Men" at Their Side

If you're a positional leader in your organization, you likely have some influence on promotions for those into subordinate leadership roles. And contrary to modern theory, I recommend using your authority to reward your Yes Men.
MISTAKES. Yes Men are afraid of failure. As such, they always take the safe, well-travelled, risk-free route. They take no undue chances into the unknown. Mistakes and errors are something to be avoided at ALL costs! Innovation is a scary endeavor...that might not work out for your organization.
FIXED MINDSET.Yes Men have fixed mindsets, as opposed to growth mindset (a la Carol Dweck's research & bookMindset.) People with fixed mindsets are ladder climbers. Their sense of worth comes from titles and ranks. And who doesn't want someone who will doanythingfor a chance at future promotion?
FEEDBACK.Yes Men give encouraging feedback. They refuse to challenge a leader's idea, and expend no effort on that which might change that leader's plan. …

The Pros & Cons of Mental Auto-Pilot


Your Brain's Battle Between The Professor & The Caveman

Inside the human brain are two operating systems. One portrayed by The Caveman; the other by The Professor. Together, these two little guys make sure you live to think another day. How these guys work together or battle against each other is a matter of deep scientific research. I'd like to tell you a story instead:
The Caveman is responsible for human survival. He relies upon intuition and gut feeling.  When The Caveman feels threatened, he resorts to natural instincts of fight-or-flight. He is not stupid, and he slowly gets smarter as he gets older, much like a growing child. The Caveman learns from his experiences. He's also a master of sensing danger. But he's a "bull in a china shop" - physical strength is his strength. 
He recognizes red flags and patterns in his environment...maybe the signal a sabertooth tiger gives off when it disturbs the tall grass. The Caveman makes lightning quick decisions based on a life of learning the hard way...creating some  much…