Course Catalog

“Taking the Lead”: Courageous Leadership for Today’s Public Safety


  • Harry P. Dolan
    Chief of Police (Ret.)
  • Brian Willis
    Winning Mind Training
  • Brian Crandell
    Senior Associate, The Gallagher-Westfall Group
  • Dr. Jack Enter
    Jack Enter and Associates, GA
  • Brian Nanavaty
    Captain, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department, IN
  • Darrel W. Stephens
    Executive Director, Major City Chiefs Association
  • Jose L. Lopez Sr.
    Chief, Durham Police Department, NC (Ret.)
  • Matt Dolan
    Attorney & Director, Dolan Consulting Group, NC
  • Daniel T. Savage
    Grand Rapids Police Department
  • Robert J. Kuehl
    Deputy Chief, Kansas City Police Department, MO


This course is a unique, one-week leadership development conference designed to provide public safety professionals of all ranks, sworn and civilian, with practical time tested leadership lessons learned from the arena. Courageous leadership strategies will be presented from some of the nation’s most experienced public safety leaders and trainers. Our overriding goal is to prepare today’s leaders to confront the new reality of heightened transparency and unprecedented expectations.


Course Outline:

Monday Dember 5th

Chief Harry P. Dolan, (Ret.)

What’s A Leader to Do: How Successful Leaders Get the Right Things Done!

As one of the nation’s most experienced police chiefs, Chief Dolan, places a laser-like focus on what specific leadership actions and traits have always led to success and failure when navigating challenging times. “We need not repeat history if we grow to understand that “war stories” may indeed be “case studies “and, that when combined with evidence-based research, the leader can live long and prosper, even if fired!”

  • The research on field leadership in public safety: STOP guessing and start applying what we know works
  • Establish a solid understanding of performance motivational theory: Create a workplace that improves morale & performance
  • What great leaders do when bad things happen: Losing your job is sometimes the best and only option
  • Understanding commander’s intent, unity in command, groupthink, inspect what you expect, don’t let the training tape run out, grit, and passion
  • Build and maintain professional ethics throughout the work environment: The “take care of the troops and they will take care of the mission” philosophy doesn’t have to result in compromising high expectations



Brian Willis

Dare to Be Great: The Leadership Challenge

Dare to Be Great is a philosophy focused on growing the courage to embrace excellence, fight mediocrity, say no to the status quo, stop chasing best practices and strive for greatness in your life, your leadership and your organization. Now, more than ever, we need courageous leaders who are committed to the pursuit of excellence in their own lives and committed to inspiring greatness if the men and women they serve in their organizations.

Greatness, like leadership, is a choice and a process. It takes time, work, and commitment. The benefits however, are significant and are well worth the time and effort. This engaging, interactive, and reflective workshop will explore a series of questions to help you on your journey to becoming a great law enforcement leader.

Additional questions will challenge you to reflect on:

  • Why you chose to pursue a leadership role in your agency?
  • What influences your leadership style?
  • What is it like to be led by you?
  • How do you measure your success as a leader?
  • Is leadership a course, or a culture in your agency?
  • What are you ignoring? What are you condoning?

The emphasis in the workshop is to move away from unproductive questions such as, “Who is to blame for this?” and shift to growth questions such as:

  • What piece of this do I own?
  • What did I as a leader learn from this experience?
  • How can I as a leader, and we as an organization grow from this experience?

While you will leave with strategies and tools to help you be a better leader, the goal of the workshop is for you to walk away with more questions than answers. It is the process of working through those questions that will help you on your journey be the leader your family, your personnel, your agency, your community and the profession need you to be, and deserve you to be.

TEDx talk The Most Dangerous Weapon in Law Enforcement.



Dr. Brian Crandall

“The Leader as Coach”: Improving Public Safety Performance

This is an intensive, interactive, full day, multi-media course using discussion, hands-on activities, and exercises that develop leadership and supervisory skills. This highly regarded training applies the most current understanding of how Law Enforcement Officers’ (LEOs) brains learn to perform with how leaders and supervisors can best improve the performance of LEOs. The class will prepare leaders and supervisors to build and deliver effective performance improvement techniques using evidence-based leadership methods. This program with make LEOs safer, and more effective, in the street while getting the most from available supervisor and leader time and resources. De-escalation is a focus of this course. Participants will be immersed in learning the very best, evidence-based leading and supervision methods in a “Learn it today, use it tomorrow” format.

Topics include:

  • How LEOs Learn to Perform and Why StreetSmart Performance Works
  • Performance Expectations – Leaders and Supervisors Guide to Best Work Practices
  • Coached Practice – Rep Best Work Practices
  • Feedback Coaching – Building Competence and Confidence, and Reducing Stress
  • Performance Management – Improving the Work by Learning from Our Experiences



Dr. Jack Enter

Challenging the Law Enforcement Organization: Proactive Leadership Strategies

The vast majority of law enforcement managers fail to consistently practice recognized leadership skills. Their failure to deal with problems, make decisions, and look after their personnel have created an atmosphere of distrust by staff of their supervisors and managers. As a result, the number one stressor in American law enforcement is not the operational danger most personnel encounter on a daily basis – but the men and women in their agencies who make emotionally based decisions – not principle based decisions.

  • Most law enforcement personnel have learned to do their jobs in spite of – not because of their supervisors and managers. For personnel – they do their job because of the love of the mission.
  • The principles discussed in the program apply to all levels of supervision and management – both sworn and civilian. Individuals who are not yet supervisors can also benefit from attending.



Captain Brian Nanavaty

Officer and Agency Wellness— Hiring and Retiring Healthy®

According to American Police Beat “somewhere between 2-6 times more officers kill themselves each year than are killed by the bad guys.” Thousands of officers are currently in crisis—experiencing trauma, family and financial distress, behavioral health challenges, substance abuse and other health issues. Employee wellness programs shouldn’t wait for crisis to occur, but should begin during the hiring process and continue through retirement. Both preventative programs and crisis intervention should be utilized to influence the professional and personal lives of employees and their families. When organizations identify healthy applicants and partner with health professionals to maintain employee health, these organizations have the potential to improve morale and productivity while reducing complaints and liability.

Officer and Agency Wellness—Hiring and Retiring Healthy© will introduce attendees to the innovative Indianapolis employee wellness program that US Attorney General Loretta Lynch has called “the model for law enforcement wellness.” Ground-breaking research and proven strategies to address officer distress from the Indianapolis Model© will be introduced in this course. These strategies are intended to aid agencies in reversing the trends of organizational paralysis that result in a failure to intervene as employees face personal and career crisis. Upon completion of this course, participants will have gained insight into strategies for designing an agency infrastructure that supports and maintains healthier employees.

  • Understand the importance of education and early intervention before officers are in crisis.
  • Address the myth of “retraining” as a cure-all for employee issues.
  • Identify health and resiliency traits during the recruiting and probationary process while there is still time to address long- term risk.
  • Understand how promoting employee wellness reduces distress (both on and off-duty) which results in reduced liability for the organization.
  • Identify, recognize and assess indicators of crisis and how to use the Indianapolis Model© to effectively intervene.
  • Utilize separation agreements and other non-adversarial methods when intervention strategies prove unsuccessful
  • Understand how implementing organizational strategies for developing and maintaining healthy employees benefits the officer, the organization, the union, the community and the officer’s family.
Developing Organizational Performance Leadership