Administrative “Tactics”

FAST TRANSIENTS THE TACTICAL TANGENTS BULLETIN ADMINISTRATIVE “TACTICS” Jim and I occasionally wander into the less tacti-cool and more administrative topics in the podcast, and we recognize that might be kind of boring but truthfully, administrators make...

Attitude and Survival

FAST TRANSIENTS THE TACTICAL TANGENTS BULLETIN ATTITUDE AND SURVIVAL I ran a group of brand-new police recruits through an imagery/thought experiment that led to a conversation that I think is important. If you listened to our podcast episode we did with Brian Willis,...

Group Dynamics

FAST TRANSIENTS THE TACTICAL TANGENTS BULLETIN GROUP DYNAMICS Have you ever gone to a class or started a new job, and noticed that it takes some time before people begin to talk to each other? Understanding group dynamics is important for anyone in a leadership role....

Making Smaller Circles

FAST TRANSIENTS THE TACTICAL TANGENTS BULLETIN MAKING SMALLER CIRCLES In his book The Art of Learning, Joshua Waitzkin describes one of his philosophies on self-teaching he calls “making smaller circles.” (Did you know we have a recommended reading list? Check it out...

Spheres of Influence

FAST TRANSIENTS THE TACTICAL TANGENTS BULLETIN SPHERES OF INFLUENCE I was at an instructor conference last week and it occurred to me that police trainers everywhere have a lot in common: Our purpose, passion, and philosophy are often in sync, and we face similar...

Backup Guns, Yay or Nay?

FAST TRANSIENTS THE TACTICAL TANGENTS BULLETIN BACKUP GUNS: YAY OR NAY? Back in the day, I carried a secondary gun at work because, well, I guess I hadn’t really thought about why—I just did. Maybe I’d get separated from my primary, or at least be in a fight over it,...