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Two Types of Learners

TWO TYPES OF LEARNERS Psychologist Carol Dweck is known for her work on implicit theories of intelligence, which describe how an individual characterizes their own intelligence and learning ability. According to her work, people evaluate their own intelligence as...

Marker Training

Dog Training: Markers Maybe less tacti-cool than you’re used to, but enough people have dogs that you may find this useful. For more information, go to leerburg.com and read this: http://leerburg.com/markers.htm -Mike Marker training is an effective dog training...

Situational Leadership

SITUATIONAL LEADERSHIP This leadership model was created by a couple of psychologists named Hersey and Blanchard in the 1970s. The general premise is that the way you approach a person for a specific task depends on their level of competence for that task, and their...

Ask, Tell, Make: Still Works

ASK, TELL, MAKE: STILL WORKS In the police academy, we learned this decision-making algorithm for use of force: “Ask, Tell, Make.” First you ask ‘em, then you tell ‘em, then you make ‘em.” It was simple, but problematic. At face value, it became the law enforcement...

Remember Rick Rescorla

REMEMBER RICK RESCORLA For this week’s bulletin, I thought I’d share a Facebook post I wrote on Thanksgiving a few years ago. I hope you enjoy it. -Mike  Today, and everyday, I am thankful for American heroes like Rick Rescorla. Rescorla was an Army lieutenant in...

Leadership in Teaching

LEADERSHIP IN TEACHING One of the first leadership opportunities I’ve had at any job has been some form of teaching, either in a formal setting like a classroom or one-on-one working with a new employee. I’ve also attended several formal instructor courses—and those...

Intuition and Survival

WHY YOUR HANDS SO SWEATY? In his book about implicit survival signals The Gift of Fear, Gavin de Becker describes that your intuition is always right in two important ways: It always alerts you in response to a stimulus, and it always has your best interest at heart....

Micromanaging-Please Don’t!

MICROMANAGING--PLEASE DON'T. Imagine I’m in the back of an ambulance with my Paramedic partner. As an EMT, I don’t have the advanced training that he does—but we’ve worked together for x months or y years. We’re dealing with a sick patient. It’s not looking good. My...

Teaching to the Lowest Common Denominator

ARE YOU TEACHING TO THE LOWEST COMMON DENOMINATOR? A follower asked us a question on Facebook the other day about tourniquet applications. Are we supposed to apply it high-and-tight, or a few inches above the wound? The short answer is that either option might be...

Glock and AR-15 Cleaning

GLOCK AND AR-15 CLEANING One of the “benefits” of working on a SWAT team is a whole bunch time spent cleaning guns. Some days, we have plenty of time to clean, and others, we do a quick “combat-clean” before we load up for an Op. Truthfully, you can shoot most modern...