Learn, Share, Grow – “Inside Shark Tank”

The Blue Courage team is dedicated to continual learning and growth.  We have adopted a concept from Simon Sinek and his team called “Learn, Share, Grow”.  We are constantly finding great articles, videos, and readings that have so much learning.  As we learn new and great things, this new knowledge should be shared for everyone to then grow from.

Below is an article and video from onwardnation.com where Stephen Woessner shares the 5 lessons of success from Kevin Harringtonof Shark Tank.

http://onwardnation.com/inside-shark-tank/?inf_contact_key=d840738110b8c4558998d86059611fdd0b1ab7e36ac4e9cc7571d8ad3d508641

Blue Courage’s Key Learnings:

ABC’s Shark tank has become the most successful business reality show. Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington has been successful at turning an idea into a huge success several times over. As he’s stated, “If it doesn’t challenge you – it won’t change you.” Entrepreneurship requires swimming against the norm; upstream; against the rapids; confidently swim towards white water. In doing so, there needs to be great anticipation for the unknown – the challenge. Here are his 5 lessons that we should begin practicing immediately.

Lesson 1 – Seek out the Challenge
SHARKS set out to map their own course – they don’t let anyone tell them it can’t be done or that there’s an easier way. They don’t need approval from his/her peers – no validation. They don’t forget their gifts and talents; they don’t try to be something they are not.

Lesson 2 – Seek out Opportunity
SHARKS seek out opportunity from the front-end and back-end; seeing things completely through from start to finish, and capitalize on that opportunity – without being afraid of the challenges that it represents.

Lesson 3 – Be Relentless
SHARKS never stop swimming towards their goal – or they will suffocate and die. They have a strong will to win – a will to be driven and thrive, regardless of the battle scars they might collect along the way. The scars only represent experience.

Lesson 4 – Never Stop Learning
SHARKS are excellent problem solvers because they never stop learning, pivot when necessary, and therefore are on the front-end of the disruption. They are early adapters to new technology in order to continue their position of market leadership and being on top. They help set the new trends, are excellent teachers. Their relentless nature demands that they continually learn and grow in order to perfect his/her craft.

Lesson 5 – Be Decisive
SHARKS are decisive about an opportunity – when they see one, they move. There’s no room for living in fear or not knowing if and what to do. You are either IN or OUT.

Final thoughts: Success has to start somewhere, and that somewhere is at the bottom – and hard work to conquer many intimidating moments along the way leads to success. There’s no such thing as an overnight success – it takes grit, persistence, and tenacity to turn dreams into reality.


Learn, Share, Grow – “Mindful Policing: The Future of Force”

The Blue Courage team is dedicated to continual learning and growth.  We have adopted a concept from Simon Sinek and his team called “Learn, Share, Grow”.  We are constantly finding great articles, videos, and readings that have so much learning.  As we learn new and great things, this new knowledge should be shared for everyone to then grow from.

Below is an article from mindful.org on mindfulness in law enforcement.

Mindful Policing: The Future of Force

Blue Courage’s Key Learnings:

  • Researchers have linked policing careers to high rates of depression, PTSD, substance abuse, physical ailments (sleeplessness, diabetes, cardiac death)
  • Officers are more prone to attempt suicide than general population and are more likely to kill themselves than get killed on duty
  • Police culture values stoicism – causing officers to often become reluctant to seek out help
  • Life expectancy for officers are 22 years shorter than civilian counterparts – may be due to stress, trauma, obesity, shift work and exposure to toxic chemicals
  • When officers suffer from debilitating stress, they are more likely to have problems at work including uncontrolled anger towards suspects
  • 963 people were shot dead by police in the US in 2016, 991 in 2015
  • At the end of an 8 week mindfulness program (Mindfulness-based Resilience Training) researchers found significant improvement in health outcomes (stress, fatigue, sleep quality), less frequent alcohol consumption, less feelings of burn out, fewer aggressive feelings and behaviors
  • Fatigue and sleep disturbance are predicators for dysregulated mood, particularly anger – anger is a big predicator of negative outcomes
  • Emeryville, CA Chief’s story has great examples of how it has helped, as well as improved her department
  • Study in Canada did a training on visualization, focused attention, and controlled breathing, then threw them into tense, lifelike situations – found the trained officers made better use-of-force decisions than the untrained control group, had a slower maximum heart rate and quicker recovery. A fast beating heart can cause irrational behavior

Learn, Share, Grow – “No Way Out”

The Blue Courage team is dedicated to continual learning and growth.  We have adopted a concept from Simon Sinek and his team called “Learn, Share, Grow”.  We are constantly finding great articles, videos, and readings that have so much learning.  As we learn new and great things, this new knowledge should be shared for everyone to then grow from.

Below is from Seth’s Godin’s blog. It derives from Blue Courage founder, Michael Nila’s favorite metaphor – “burn the boats” from Cortez invading Mexico. It’s a great reminder to never give up and fight through till the end; you will come out better.
sethgodin.com

No way out

That’s why we burn the boats when we land on the beach.

Because the only way out is through.

It’s pretty easy to bail out of a course (especially a free online course that no one even knows you signed up for). Easy to quit your job, fire a client or give up on a relationship.

In the moment, walking out is precisely the best short-term strategy. Sometimes this place is too hard, too unpleasant, too much…

The thing is, though, that the long-term strategy might be the opposite. The best long-term approach might be to learn something, to tough it out, to engage with the challenge. Because once you get through this, you’ll be different. Better.

We always have a choice, but often, it’s a good idea to act as if we don’t.

 

Blue Courage’s Key Learnings:
“The only way out is through…”  Such a powerful thought that when we are confronting a challenge, an obstacle, a fear —  the only way out is through it. So we burn the boats leaving us no escape, no retreat; we must follow-through and “cross the rubicon!” One of my favorite metaphors is “burn the boats” — Cortez set out to conquer Mexico but the Aztecs had not been conquered for hundreds of years. As his warriors set sail from Cuba, a short distance from Mexico, he could feel their fear and hesitation. Where once they were confident, as Mexico drew closer, the doubts and fears were palpable. Upon landing on the shores of Mexico, Cortez’s first order was: “Burn the boats!” Adding: “We will either die here or sail home on their ships.”  Wow — no option but to find a way through. To not look for a way out, but a way through. Love that!

How easy it is to quit, to believe we can’t do it, it’s too hard, I am not strong enough….but if we fight through, we will learn, grow and get better!

Think of the 300 Spartans facing the overwhelming odds against the Persians. When the Persians told the Spartans they were outnumbered and to drop their weapons the reply was “come and get them.” The Spartan wives last directive to their husbands as they sent them off to battle was: “Come back with your shield or on it!”

There is no way out but through!


Learn, Share, Grow – “Why Most People Will Never Be Successful”

The Blue Courage team is dedicated to continual learning and growth.  We have adopted a concept from Simon Sinek and his team called “Learn, Share, Grow”.  We are constantly finding great articles, videos, and readings that have so much learning.  As we learn new and great things, this new knowledge should be shared for everyone to then grow from.

In this article on inc.com, Benjamin Hardy discusses what makes a person successful.

https://www.inc.com/benjamin-p-hardy/why-most-people-will-never-be-successful.html?cid=email

Key Learnings:

  1. If you focus on the low-quality things in life- you will have low to mediocre outcomes. When you focus on the positive, high quality things in life- the less you can justify the low quality, and you begin to evolve expecting only the higher quality in your choices and outcomes. It’s important to understand all bad habits are difficult to give up, but is necessary to have that healthy life you desire. As we grow and evolve we realize what is really important to us.

  2. How you do things affect everything else in your life. You must remove everything you hate in your life, so that your daily life can be filled only with things you highly value.

  3. When focusing on core essentials that mean the world to you- and succeeding- you will dominate in all areas of your life. You will be living intentionally & congruently, have momentum & balance, and be who you truly want to be. Sometimes to better ourselves can mean in a spiritual, physical and relational way.

  4. Don’t “major in minor things”. If we continue to focus on little things in life, we can never grow. When you begin to evolve and progress, living on a daily basis with your values and ideals- you feel happier, more present, pursue bigger dreams with bigger ambitions, more resilient, and you will live at a higher frequency.

Major take away:

Success comes down to focusing what is important and of high value to your heart and soul- when you can identify those few things and focus on your energies to them, all else begins to fall into place, and you become successful in all areas of your life and space. It means balancing your life in a healthy manner because when we do that we become successful.


Article: Changes in Policing Take Hold in One of the Nation’s Most Dangerous Cities (NY Times)

Changes in Policing Take Hold in One of the Nation’s Most Dangerous Cities

It’s a sort of Hippocratic ethos: Minimize harm, and try to save lives. And in Camden, N.J., residents are noticing the results.

By JOSEPH GOLDSTEIN
APRIL 2, 2017
CAMDEN, N.J. — Every few months, the police chief here asks which officers wrote the most tickets.

Elsewhere, this might lead to praise, but in Camden — where 40 percent of residents live below the poverty line, the murder rate compares to that of El Salvador and one of the most interesting experiments in American policing is underway — Chief J. Scott Thomson sees aggressive ticket writing as a sign that his officers don’t get the new program.

To continue reading, click here.

 

https://mobile.nytimes.com/2017/04/02/nyregion/camden-nj-police-shootings.html?hp&action=click&pgtype=Homepage&clickSource=story-heading&module=first-column-region®ion=top-news&WT.nav=top-news&_r=0&referer=https://t.co/4aI2PtQ8fe


Article: Kansas City Police Department’s PAL program is changing lives (The Kansas City Star)

http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article72246727.html

Kansas City Police Department’s PAL program is changing lives

KCPD Chief Darryl Forté will be recognized Monday for his dedication to the Police Athletic League

KCPD’s ‘PAL’ is a model for the rest of the nation and has lent its help to areas such as St. Louis County

The organization that benefits children depends on the dedicated work of police and community donations

Read more here: http://www.kansascity.com/sports/spt-columns-blogs/vahe-gregorian/article72246727.html#storylink=cpy


Article: Six Easy Ways to Incorporate Mindfulness into Your Workday, From Start to Finish (Huffington Post)

Six Easy Ways to Incorporate Mindfulness into Your Workday, From Start to Finish

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/six-east-ways-to-incorporate-mindfulness-into-your_us_58a4914ae4b0e172783aa352

Six Easy Ways to Incorporate Mindfulness into Your Workday, From Start to Finish

02/15/2017 12:49 pm ET | Updated 3 days ago

Mindfulness. More than a buzzword? Absolutely. With giants like Google, Target and General Mills investing in mindfulness, it’s time for all organizations to take a closer look.

What is Mindfulness?

So what is mindfulness? The first thing to realize is that the concept of mindfulness is not new. It’s an ancient mental methodology that enables you to control your attention, enhance your awareness and see things more clearly. In everyday terms, it’s a way to get out of “autopilot,” a mode that we easily fall into in our day-to-day lives. Instead, it’s a practice of consciously and deliberately directing our attention to the present moment, and experiencing it in a non-judgmental way.

To read more, click here.


Blue Courage’s Michael Nila on Education as the Foundation for what a Police Officer Does

On a recent trip to Columbia, Michael Nila, Blue Courage’s founder and managing partner, visited with the Columbia National Police.  Here he is in a brief clip speaking on education being the foundation for everything that a police officer does.


Article: Nighttime Encounter Leads to Unlikely Friendship…(CBS News)

Great story of a cop and a teen…and an unexpected relationship…

By STEVE HARTMAN CBS NEWS December 2, 2016, 7:35 PM

Nighttime encounter leads to unlikely friendship between white cop, black teen

BENICIA, Calif. — It had all the makings of bad situation. Late at night, in an industrial section of Benicia, California, officer Kirk Keffer says he spotted a shadowy figure in a dark hoodie.

Read more by clicking here.


The BC Source – Blue Courage News and Updates

nov-2016-newsletter

MINDFULNESS.
90-SECOND STRESS BUSTER.

We all experience various levels of stress throughout the day. As stressful situations occur – a difficult conversation, a conflict with another individual, a project deadline, an argument with a family member, the traffic in the morning’s commute – these experience build upon each other, can be toxic to your health and could negatively affect those around you. Taking a moment to quiet your mind and interrupt the pattern of stressful thoughts can reset your attitude, actions, and reactions. Our 90-second stress buster is a tool to help you combat the stresses of the day.

Click Here to practice the 90-second stress buster, graciously done by davidji as part of Blue Courage’s Guided Meditation.

 

Nobility of Policing Book
Now available in a soft cover version!

This inspirational book takes a look into the lives of law enforcement professionals: the challenges, the nobility, and the contribution of America’s guardians. This book is about the profession of policing and the men and women who safeguard our freedoms. In doing so, they honor the Nobility of Policing.
Purchase your copy today! (Click Here)

 

Blue Courage for Corrections/Detention Officers

Available in 2017

Blue Courage is excited to include our new course available in 2017, Blue Courage for Corrections/Detention Officers! For more information, Contact Us!