I recently watched Scott McLoud’s 2005 TED talk on Presenting comics in a new (media) world. While I have to admit that I did not get a lot out of his talk I did get a few powerful nuggets of wisdom. The one that resonated most with me was his 4 Rules:
- Learn from everyone.
- Follow no one.
- Watch for patterns.
- Work like hell.
It struck me that these 4 Rules could serve as sound guidelines for law enforcement trainers.
1. Learn from everyone.
- Learn from your students.
- Learn from other trainers.
- Learn from people outside the world of law enforcement.
- Learn from the criminals we arrest. They are learning from us and adapting to defeat us.
- Learn from yourself; your successes and failures.
2. Follow no one.
- Follow no one blindly.
- Beware of hero worship. It creates blinders and stops you from fulfilling rule #1.
- No one person, or single system has all the pieces to the puzzle so always remember Rule #1.
3. Watch for patterns.
- Watch for what works, and do more of it.
- Watch for what does not work, and do less of it.
- Watch for patterns of behaviours of the criminal element and develop tactics and strategies to overcome that.
- Watch for patterns in behaviour of people attending training and ask yourself, “What can I learn from this and how can I use it to improve my training?”
4. Work like hell.
- Hard work is at the root of all success.
- Work like hell on your own personal growth and development.
- Work like hell on your physical skills and tactics.
- Work like hell on your fitness.
- Work like hell on your presentation skills.
- Work like hell to create awesome training experiences for your officers. They deserve to experience awesome training.
Scott McLoud, the comic book dude, was very intelligent and very articulate but, I am afraid I cannot tell you what he was talking about. Sorry Scott. I do however, believe there is great value in his 4 Rules and would encourage you to use them as a guide.
Brian Willis – A Man With Many Questions
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