"Growing Adaptive Thinking" coming to Ohio in May 2018
Thom Dworak and I have the following Growing Adaptive Thinking workshops scheduled:
May 21st-23rd, 2018; Kent, Ohio; registration link. June 05th-07th, 2018, Chicago-Roselle, Illinois; registration link. Oct 09-11, 2018, Chicagoland; no registration link yet.
- Jan 28-30, 2019; Lake Zurich, Illinois.
- April 23-25, 2019; TBD in Chicagoland.
What's the philosophy of the program? Here's some background:
Law enforcement culture tends to utilize a linear, technical mindset for training, intelligence, policy, operations, and supervision. At the same time, police officers, supervisors, and command staff continue to struggle with complications from poor decision-making and leadership. This antiquated framework is a carry over from an industrial education model primarily designed for efficiency via cost savings and the maximization of time...for training factory workers! The unpredictable modern law enforcement environment is far from that of an assembly line.
- Why should we consider adopting a new cultural philosophy in our training, intelligence, policy, operations, and supervision?
- How do we shift our thinking to accommodate those situations in which rigid rules, checklists, or flowcharts simply do not apply?
- How do we effectively nurture a non-linear, adaptive mindset – at the individual, team, and organizational levels?
- Balancing adherence to rules & embracing creative problem-solving
- Building resiliency to work through failure
- Breaking silo-thinking & institutional barriers to effective communication and operations
- Predict & forecast based on a mix of research & experience
- Writing policy & procedures that effectively match function with environment
- Giving & receiving feedback from a variety of sources
- Understanding analytic & critical thinking vs intuition & experience
- Appreciating system capabilities vs environmental demands
- Exploiting emotional intelligence & behavioral analysis
- Mitigating the effects of stress on decision-making
- Using contemporary learning research to enhance student retention
- Working effectively with people who think differently than you
- Using strategic thinking to navigate uncertainty
- Triaging challenges and “stacking the deck” for better preparedness
Thomas Dworak is a retired Sergeant (31 years) from a suburban Chicago police department where he was the Field Training and Evaluation Program Coordinator and the lead Defensive Tactics/Use of Force instructor. Thom’s knowledge of experiential learning, emotional intelligence, critical thinking, creative problem solving and decision making shaped The Adaptive FTO into a program for the changing training environment Field Training Officers and their trainees find themselves in daily.
Still want to see more from the reflection of the course moderators? I offer this rundown from a previous workshop: link.
Lastly, I recommend these courses to everyone inside policing. There is something to be learned no matter yourrole, unit, responsibility, rank, function, or position!