Battle of the Bulge Leadership Experience

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From the NJ POLICE CHIEF MAGAZINE - Leadership Makes the Difference: The Leadership Staff Ride

This special professional development program offers a unique, hands-on leadership seminar focusing on the individual commanders, subordinate leaders, and events involved in what became known as
"The Battle of the Bulge."

The Battle of the Bulge Leadership Experience is able to accommodate a limited number of participants. Applications will be accepted on a "first come, first served" basis. 

In-depth study of leadership lessons from history – in the authentic landscape and context - provides a dynamic  platform from which to explore, discuss and highlight contemporary leadership topics and issues.  The course is structured using the “Staff Ride” model which has been used for over a century by, among others, the United States Military Academy at West Point, the Army War College, the Marine Corps University, and the U.S. Naval War College. A staff ride is an intensive case study, typically of a military battle or campaign, conducted on the ground where the event happened. It is considered an essential instructional technique in advanced military schools and in field units. Experiential learning is not new; in fact it has been enthusiastically accepted and adopted by the private sector. The NJSACOP has pioneered the adoption of this concept for contemporary law enforcement management and leadership development programs. Police Executives who participate in law enforcement Staff Rides visit and study a select location for the purpose of drawing parallels between that military campaign and their own issues/challenges, including leader training, critical incident leadership and management, relationships with civilian authorities, supply chain management, timely decision-making under pressure, effective communications, and resource deployment.
A significant component of this detailed study is the analysis of the terrain over which the action took place and the effect of that terrain upon the decisions and decision-making process of the leaders to be studied. It is this three dimensional visualization of the territory that separates a staff ride from a more traditional classroom experience. Another important aspect of the staff ride model is that participants are taken completely out of their “normal” context, freeing them to challenge their perceptions and assumptions, and be more open to take in lessons.