In order to create and sustain a culture of leading, learning and excellence there is a need for the relentless, consistent repetition of key messages and learning points. The best way to accomplish this is to create a culture where every day is a training and learning day. This is accomplished by micro dosing training and the use of effective regular debriefings. This training, delivered in small daily chucks, will serve to augment longer in-service training sessions delivered during the year. These short training sessions can be used to enhance decision making, reinforce key training messages delivered during in-service training, review law and policy, create real time learning from events and reinforce the organizations mission, vision and values
In order to accomplish this we need to break down existing silos and grow the tribe of trainers and leaders within our organizations. As a profession we are still very much locked into silos in our thinking and our approach to training and leadership. We send people in formal leadership positions to leadership training. We send trainers to instructor development courses and instructor certification training. We send FTOs to FTO schools. Unless the frontline leaders are in formal training positions in organizations we seldom send them on instructor development programs and we too often leave the “trainer” element out of Field Training Officer.
In most law enforcement agencies 90 to 95% of the sworn law enforcement officers are frontline supervisors and the people they supervise. FTOs are a recruit’s primary frontline supervisor and are responsible for indoctrinating new officers into the culture of the agency and helping them understand the mission, vision and values of the organization. In-service trainers will have contact with almost every member of the agency every year.
Arguably then, some of the most influential leadership positions in any law enforcement agency are the frontline supervisors, the FTO’s and the Academy and in-service trainers. Once we accept this reality then numerous questions arise including:
- What are we doing to bring all frontline leaders and trainers together in one room to teach leadership, training and coaching principles, enhance their skills in all these areas?
- What are we doing to foster discussions between frontline leaders, in-service and academy instructors, and FTOs regarding how they can work as a team of teams to support each other and support the mission?
- What are we doing to break down the silos and grow the tribe of trainers and leaders across the organization?
- What are we doing to ensure there is a continual and consistent repetition of key training concepts to the people tasked with carrying out the mission?
- What are we doing to build cultures of leading, learning and excellence from the foundational level up?
The Break Down the Silos and Grow Your Tribe of Trainers and Leaders course was created in response to these critical questions. This course covers the foundational elements of leadership from the two Dare to Be Great Leadership workshops and the foundations on teaching, coaching and learning from the Excellence in Training Course and brings them together in a comprehensive and interactive five-day program. The principles are interleaved throughout the five days to help make the learning stick and enhance the competence and confidence of the participants in all these critical areas.
You might be thinking, “Five days is a big commitment.” Yes it is. It can also be thought of as a huge investment in your people, your culture, and the future of your organization. If you want to build and sustain a culture of leading, learning and excellence so you can best serve your community you need a strong foundation and a large tribe of trainers and leaders to ensure these principles are woven into the culture and reinforced daily. Therefore, this is an investment in the future of your people and organization with the potential for a massive ROI.
Some of the key learning points covered during this comprehensive course include:
What’s Important Now?
- Finite vs. infinite Games
- Five Practices For Infinite Game Leaders
- What is leadership?
- Influence Like a Leader
- Traits and Characteristics of Great Leaders.
- Two Questions and Three Rules
- Stress Vs. Burnout – The Leadership Role
- Conscious vs. Subconscious
- Roles and Responsibilities
- What is it?
- Whose responsibility is it?
- The role of Core Values.
- Key Elements of Great Culture
Understanding and Applying 5 Key Elements to Making Learning Stick
Sleep and Its Role in Learning, Performance and Wellness
Decision Making – Training and Enhancing Decision Making
Understanding Human Error and the Application in Leadership and Training
The Power of Words and Language
The Power of Questions in Leading, Learning and Training
The Benefit 10-Minute Trainings and How to Build Them
The Effective Use of Videos
Understanding and Being Intentional in the Use of Imagery
Keys to Effective Debriefings