Episodes

#170: Places We Don't Expect Trouble

June 29, 2022

Today we are talking about different locations that people frequently travel to that don’t seem like they could be dangerous, even though they often attract criminal activity. The main location we focus on in this episode is…

#169: Training To Make Better Decisions

June 22, 2022

This week we are publishing an episode that we originally recorded for the Excellence in Training Podcast that our friend and colleague Brian Willis hosts as part of his Excellence in Training Academy. Brian originally reach…

#168: Chasing Symptoms

June 8, 2022

Today we are going to be talking about mass shooting events, and specifically school shootings, through the lenses of HBPR&A. We are doing this in order to explain, as best as we can, how and why these events occur in the fi…

#167: Self Inflicted Cognitive Dissonance

June 1, 2022

This week we are discussing the concept of Cognitive Dissonance and how it affects our perception of events. During the conversation we talk about things like perception, orientation, stereotypes, and how individual expressi…

#166: Perceptions & Consequences

May 25, 2022

This week we are talking about perception, second and third order effects, and how ideological analysis causes us to misinterpret events. We explain these concepts by using two recent police officer involved shootings that h…

#165: Broken Like Me

May 18, 2022

This week we are talking to Joseph Reid who is the founder and executive director for an international mental health support group called Broken People. Joseph is also the best selling author of Broken Like Me; an Insiders t…

#164: Words That Influence Behavior

May 11, 2022

This week we are talking about how words can influence your behavior. Now, most of you know that we typically care more about what someone DOES, rather than what someone SAYS but obviously, the words that people choose to us…

#163: Adam Blanton

May 4, 2022

This week we are joined by long time listener and friend Adam Blanton to talk about the work he has been doing to combat school violence and he explains how violence prevention works at the community level. Adam is a ten-yea…

#162: Lantern Rescue

April 27, 2022

This week we are joined by Gabrielle and Whitney from Lantern Rescue who we had the pleasure of meeting when they attended one of our in-person training courses not long ago. Lantern Rescue is a US based, non-profit that fig…

#161: Chasing Physics

April 20, 2022

For this weeks episode we decided to release a conversation that we had with police trainer and former Left of Greg podcast guest, Brian Willis. This conversation was originally recorded last year for Brian’s Excellence in T…

#160: Meet Your Friends Cortisol and Dopamine

April 6, 2022

In this weeks episode we are talking about Adaptability and Resilience within the context of learning, survival, and training for the real event. In our discussion, we give our definitions of these terms and we talk about ho…

#159: Is it a WEAPON or a TOOL?

March 23, 2022

In this weeks episode we are once again talking about the importance of understanding a persons INTENT rather than focusing on their motive. For this episode we are talking about how the difference between a weapon and a too…

#158: A Responsibility and a Duty

March 16, 2022

In this weeks episode we are talking about the legal rights and responsibilities that schools have when it comes to the safety and security of the children who attend those schools. Although we start the discussion talking a…

#157: It Depends

March 9, 2022

In this weeks episode we are answering a question that was sent in by one of our listeners. Since the question deals directly with law enforcement training we decided to bring on a very special guest and friend, Brian Willis…

#156: Challenging Your Assumptions

Feb. 23, 2022

In this weeks episode we are talking about challenging our assumptions, specifically when it comes training and education. Due to the fact that we all fall victim to confirmation bias, we tend to assume that some events or o…

#155: People Want Their SAY Not Their WAY

Feb. 16, 2022

In this weeks episode we are diving deep into a descriptive term we use all the time on this show that many of you are probably familiar with called “People want their say, not their way.” At the beginning of the episode Gre…

#154: Don't Turn This Robbery Into a Homicide

Feb. 9, 2022

In this weeks episode we are talking about inevitability, and how our own perspective and biases can become a contributing factor to the outcome of a situation. During the episode we talk about how personal attitudes combin…

#153: Sociological Adaptation

Jan. 26, 2022

In this weeks episode we are answering a question that was sent to us by one of our long time listeners. Brian reads out the entire question at the beginning of the episode but in general terms, the question has to do with …

#152: Use a THINK, not a THING

Jan. 19, 2022

Today’s episode is about our approach to solving really hard problems by using by using a THINK instead of a THING. If you’ve been listening to the podcast for a while you will understand what we mean by this but if you’re n…

#151: Smell You Later

Jan. 12, 2022

We often talk about the human body as a system of sensors and so today we are specifically talking about your sense of smell. When it comes to sensing danger or opportunity in your environment, your sense of smell is extreme…

#150: Ten Rules of Human Behavior

Dec. 29, 2021

Today we are going through a list of ten general rules of human behavior that we discuss in many of our episodes either implicitly or explicitly. This is not meant to be some exhaustive, definitive, or all-encompassing list …

#149: The Trouble With Narcissists

Dec. 22, 2021

For this weeks episode about narcissists, we wanted to talk to someone who brings an entirely different perspective to the show. So, today Greg and I are talking to high conflict divorce expert Alana Sharps. Alana has a very…

#148: Crowd Behavior

Dec. 15, 2021

Today we are talking about how your behavior will change when you are in a crowd of people as opposed to when you are by yourself. There is a lot of research that has been conducted on crowd behavior, crowd psychology, and c…

#147: The Playground

Dec. 8, 2021

Today we are talking about the playground you grow up on and how that even at a young age, most children are subject matter experts at “the playground.” Now obviously we are using this as a metaphor but we offer a very serio…