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Making The Intangible Something You Can Hold

Historically, the so-called “soft skills” like situational awareness, decision making and judgment were not things that could be developed intentionally. You could become more aware of those fields, but doing drills and receiving feedback on your ability was challenging.


Without a framework to improve how we make decisions, operators and protectors:

  • Are left hoping that they learn from one experience to the next

  • Are put at an unnecessary level of risk while tacitly developing these skills over the course of a career

  • Make the same mistakes over and over again because of the inability to consistently deconstruct scenarios

Instead of doing it the tacit way and the “way we’ve always done it,” practicing how to assess the inputs to a decision and how to put that information together can improve how we prepare and train for the decisions that lie ahead.

Here is how you do it:

  1. Answer the question, “what information do I need to make a decision?”

    • Begin by defining the inputs you will use to make decisions. These are the observations and assessments you can collect from you environment.

  2. Answer the question, “how will I put the information together to determine what is normal and what is not normal?”

    • What are the processes you will use to make sense of the data to understand the current state and identify the pre-event indicators to situations that require decisions.

  3. Practice and drill each assessment and each process until the mechanics of making them become second-nature.

The benefit of drilling observations and sense-making in this way allows the process of what leads to decisions to become something that can be executed more quickly and more accurately. The result? You are prepared to make decisions and have additional time to use your judgement.

The CP Journal’s Practice Section Provides

  • Video based exercises that allow you to practice each input (each behavioral assessment) so that you can recognize each of the four pillars of behavior more quickly and more accurately by comparing your observations with our feedback.

  • Video exercises to practice how you will put the information together into a meaningful and actionable baseline using the hasty search and deliberate search and learning from the community of subscribers going through the same exercises.

  • Exercises to apply what you are learning online to your life, whether personal or professional, to locations and areas you will visit and decisions you will make.

The result of drilling your situational awareness, observation and baselining ability while using our exercises and processes is that you can become more prepared to make decisions and take actions when you need it the most.

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