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Active Learning DiscussionRespond to the stated question, including any relevance to and implications on the field of criminal justice. Be sure to discuss the issue(s) to which the question pertains. Remarks can include your opinion(s), but must be based on experience, research, and/or prior learning. Use this exercise to foster a rich dialogue with your colleagues about issues that are important to the field of criminal justice. During the span of the discussion, you must post to this board on four unique days. Your initial posting must be no less than 300 words and is due no later than Thursday 11:59 PM EST/EDT. The day you post will count as one of your required four unique postings. You will also be required to post responses to at least three of your colleagues’ initial postings. Responses must be no less than 100 words, be posted on at least three unique days, and are due no later than Sunday at 11:59 PM EST/EDT.
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Active Learning Discussion
Respond to the stated question, including any relevance to and implications on the field
of criminal justice. Be sure to discuss the issue(s) to which the question pertains.
Remarks can include your opinion(s), but must be based on experience, research, and/or
prior learning. Use this exercise to foster a rich dialogue with your colleagues about
issues that are important to the field of criminal justice.
During the span of the discussion, you must post to this board on four unique days.
Your initial posting must be no less than 300 words and is due no later than Thursday
11:59 PM EST/EDT. The day you post will count as one of your required four unique
postings.
You will also be required to post responses to at least three of your colleagues’ initial
postings. Responses must be no less than 100 words, be posted on at least three unique
days, and are due no later than Sunday at 11:59 PM EST/EDT.
INITIAL POST
Assignment
There are many factors that impact the correctional leader. Leaders are required to
address a myriad of issues. The solutions to address these issues are no longer as simple
as lock up offenders until they are released. Your assignment is to address these
questions:
• How important is strategic thinking in your current workplace?
• Do you (if you are one) as a manger try to anticipate changes to your organization’s
landscape in advance?
• If you are not in the correction’s field, use an agency or current workplace or think of
one from your past.
• Are your current managers or leaders strategic thinkers? Should they be?
Post 1
Alexander Hauryluck posted Apr 15, 2019 2:21 PM
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In my current work environment, strategic thinking is critical to ensuring
satisfactory quality of life for residents, and ensuring residence halls are adequate for
modern living. It is imperative to preemptively address issues that may escalate to more
significant problems or purchasing items that will be upgraded within the residence
halls that will increase the satisfaction of residents. According to DiVanna & Austin
(2004), strategic thinking is the concept of thinking about the future further than just
maintaining the current level of production. Also, strategic thinkers understand the past,
present, and future in an attempt to maximize potential. Strategic planning is the
development of a plan which will accomplish future goals with the inclusion of a vision,
mission statement, and core values (Haines, 1995).
Although I do not have direct supervision, I supervise reports and complaints that
residents and resident assistants submit. In my personal position, anticipating changes
in the landscape in advance is essential to maintain a hold on the issues at hand, and
work to ensure problems do not repeat or are corrected campus-wide. My current
manager is a strategic leader because she consistently is altering and editing plans for
the future, and always asks me to produce weekly plans that make a stride toward
achieving an ultimate goal. According to Campbell (2006), a strategic plan may be a
valuable tool for communication inside and out of the agency or organization and aid in
the initiation of change within the agency or organization. Effective communication is
vital in an organization, and even more critical in the environment which myself and my
supervisor work in. Without effective communication, our jobs would be challenging,
and we would not provide the highest quality of service to students and residents. This
mindset is beneficial to our position because it anticipates challenges and develops an
action plan to react to these challenges, or avoid the problem as a whole. Without this
thinking and strategic planning, our office and our department would be at a significant
disadvantage regarding performance, quality of work, and accountability.
References
Campbell, N. (2006). Correctional leadership competencies for the 21st century: manager
and supervisor levels. Washington D.C.: Campbell Consulting.
DiVanna, J. &. (2004). Strategic thinking in tactical times. Gordonsville, VA: Palgrave
Macmillan.
Haines, S. G. (1995). Successful strategic planning. Menlo Park, CA: Crisp Publications.
Post 2
Abodunrin Oduyemi posted Apr 15, 2019 6:56 PM
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Strategic Thinking
Strategic thinking is an elaborate process that involves the inclusion of several aspects
within an organization in order to realize the intended long-term plan. It incorporates
the inputs of different individuals within the different units within an organization so as
to fully integrate the process and generate more ideas to execute the laid plans. It
defines the plans that the management has to follow in order to achieve the maximum
possible performance.
Importance of Strategic Thinking
Strategic decisions save the performance of the organization against any
misadventures and hazard. Strategic thinking is a constant process that measures the
economic and business ambiance of an organization. The guidance gained from strategic
thinking helps employees in the organization to perform at their maximum potential and
give the best output (Griffin, 1999). The targets and tactics are the topic of uninterrupted
change and growth to deal with all the current and the coming challenges of the
business.
Gladwin and McConnell (2014, pg. 213), stated that it is good management to
want to use scarce resources efficiently and effectively. I am currently working with
immigration and our leaders expect us to be proactive to be able to come up with
solutions to a problem whenever we encounter one. The one thing they keep pushing
and emphasizing on is for us to try to solve whatever problem we are faced with before
we come and meet them. They want to know what actions we have taken, what
happened when we took the action and the result.
Anticipating Changes to the Organization
I have never been in a position to make decisions like that, usually the changes
would have to have occurred or the problem before I make decisions like that. But I did
have a petty officer first class who was my supervisor that had strategic plans for any
situation good or bad. Especially when we run into problems we could not anticipate. He
was always one step ahead especially during fuel revolution out at sea. As a leader he
was willing to experiment, innovate and open to failure to learn from it and try what has
not be done in the past.
Reference
Griffin, R. W. (1999) Management. (6th ed.), Boston: Houghton
Gladwin, B. P., & McConnell, C. R. (2014). The Effective Corrections Manager. Burlington,
MA: Jones & Bartlett Learning
Post 3
Reginald McKelvin posted Apr 17, 2019 8:40 AM
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Strategic thinking is the ability to recognize the relationships, complexities, and implications of a
situation, anticipate possibilities, and plan what to do (Gladwin and McConnell, 2014, pg. 223).

How important is strategic thinking in your current workplace?
With the current change in age demographics, strategic thinking is very important in education.
The level of focus and interest in education has increasingly diminished in students. Students are
being drawn towards other careers such as sports, medicine, and law enforcement. Strategically
thinking often appears to be open to interpretation and conceptual. In corrections,
Understanding the strengths and development areas of your leaders can help you improve the
development of your employees, both next generation and senior officers.

Do you (if you are one) as a manger try to anticipate changes to your
organization’s landscape in advance?

If you are not in the correction’s field, use an agency or current workplace or think
of one from your past.
As a former correctional supervisor, strategic planning was a part of my daily routine. Lack of
pay/wages, good benefits, constant overtime, and the high risks of danger all seemed to
contribute to our low employee retention rate. I found it a daily issue to find posts to be covered.
After a while I realized that the company wasn’t doing much recruitment and at a pace reliant on
the morale of the current employees. I started a system where we would make a monthly
overtime list. All the names of the officers would go on, and no officer would have to stay more
than 3 times in a pay period. It was semi-successful and as time went by, the staff became more
accommodated to it.

Are your current managers or leaders strategic thinkers? Should they be?
After my lateral move from corrections to education I fortunately entered a school where the
principal was new. He is definitely a strategic thinker when it comes to reaching data and pass
rates for students. He has introduced new adaptive programs for students at different academic
levels, course recovery for failing students, and extra-curricular activities to encourage social
skills. Should managers or leaders be strategic thinkers? Absolutely. “In today’s rapidly changing
environment, people and organizations who fail to constantly scan their environment to see
what is changing are unlikely to be successful” (Stephen, 2007). Furthermore, according to
Gladwin and McConnell (2014, pg. 223) “the need to develop and use a capacity for strategic
thinking is one of the primary ways in which the responsibilities of correctional managers differ
from those of supervisors. Most supervisors’ actions are largely tactical, not strategic.” Managers
have to deal with individuals outside the agency that help with multiple services like
accreditation, program development, facility standards, etc. Supervisors deal with a set number
of staff that handle the daily operations for a set time of day. Managers need to develop strategic
thinking for the entire facility.

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