Reflections On & Top Five (5) Posts from 2018

Dear readers,

In these last days of 2018, I reflect back on this blog. This is the fiftieth (50th) post of the year. That number also includes:

I operate on and post according to no schedule. When something moves me, I write. I was quite surprised that I averaged just under one (1) post per week. That's a lot for a hobby like this! 

The top viewed posts from 2018?

  1. Probing Complexity
  2. Our Tendencies to Want Things to Be More Complicated or More Complex
  3. Presentation Hack: Your Last Slide(s)
  4. RED Teaming: We Cannot Control the BLUE Team
  5. When Police Measure What Doesn't Matter

What does 2019 hold for The Illinois Model? 

No idea. But it certainly will not include advertisements or sponsors! I'm not a sell-out. This continues to be a personal labor of learning and sharing. 

I appreciate all of you who continue to share this content on your social media feeds and email lists. I even enjoy those of you who critique, challenge the content, structure, labeling, and overall message delivered on this website - as you force me to continually learn and do better at communicating tough stuff. 

All I ask is that you keep spreading that which you find valuable. Part of me wishes there'd be more comments on the blog itself, but I do enjoy the conversations on LinkedIn and Twitter (my only social media accounts). 

I wish I could thank each of you individually.  


Lou Hayes, Jr. is a criminal investigations & intelligence unit supervisor in a suburban Chicago police department. With a passion for training, he studies human performance & decision-making, creativity, emotional intelligence, and adaptability. Follow Lou on Twitter at @LouHayesJr or on LinkedInHe also maintains a LinkedIn page for The Illinois Model.


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