We start with the premise that leading is not easy. After thousands of years of thinking about influence and power, we still cannot prescribe a certain set of skills that will make us successful leaders in every situation. But we do know successful leadership is a relationship among self, others, and context. Our course explores topics such as personal leadership, emotional intelligence, power and politics, organizational culture, dynamics with employees born in different generations, as well as individual personality and leadership self-assessments. Einstein said the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results. Let us give you new tools to take your leadership to the next level.
Decision Point: Ethics, Morality, and Decision Making
Decision Point is built on the following premises:
All successful encounters, all successful organizations, are built on relationships.
All relationships are built on trust and credibility.
Doing the right thing, in both word and behavior, is critical to building and maintaining credibility.
Doing the right thing is not always easy. Even knowing what the right thing to do is can be difficult.
Our words, our actions, our decisions are constantly judged by those around us and have a broad impact on our relations with others and our communities.
From peaceful protests to violent riots to the psychological, political, and financial uncertainties from the Covid-19 epidemic, the past year has been a lesson in turmoil. The voice for racial equality has never been louder. Rarely have we seen this level of conflict in our communities. The need for police agencies and their communities to come together has never been greater. And that means open communication, greater respect and appreciation of one another, and better education on all sides of the issues. Most importantly, it means our agencies, our officers, must adhere to ethical and moral standards above reproach. As we have seen so many times throughout our history, the actions of one officer can shape society’s view of all officers. Consider the impact of the officers’ actions in 1991 with Rodney King, in 1997 with Abner Louima, and of recent, with George Floyd. One officer acting with a lack of candor or character can negatively impact every honest, caring, and moral-driven officer in the country working hard every day to protect and serve their communities.
Decision Point starts with the foundation that the overwhelming majority of law enforcement officers want to do the right thing. The challenge is that we all look at the world with different lens and have different baggage (experiences, cultures, demographics, influences, advocates, loyalties) informing these lenses. Even if we start with Doing the Right Thing as our compass, we often do not know what the right thing to do is. In this two-day course, each student receives Decision Point: Real-life Ethical Dilemmas in Law Enforcement, a textbook of sorts comprising 27 real-life scenarios and outcomes sure to help each of us better recognize, appreciate, and ultimately address the many considerations and consequences (intended and unintended) surrounding moral choices faced by the police officers every day. This is not your grandfather’s ethics class with boring theory and models of limited real-world value. We look at the use of force, constitutional issues surrounding the 1st and 4th Amendment, loyalty and duty, discretion, diversity and discrimination, leadership, and so many other topics…all in the context of making moral choices towards strengthening bonds within our individual relationships, our organizations, and our communities. Taught primarily through story-telling and real-life ethical challenges, this class promises to be both practical and engaging culminating with mechanisms and thought processes to help students learn to make the best decisions possible in today’s divisive and dynamic climate.
Conflict is a natural part of the human condition. When a dispute arises, sometimes the best path to resolution is negotiation. Negotiation can lead to greater understanding of issues and perspectives as well as improved communications and relationships. Sometimes the appropriate resolution is simply listening to the other side of the argument. Almost always, open and respectful communication is part of the best path forward. Yet, the most successful path to conflict resolution is understanding. A significant part of this course focuses on the DISC Behavioral Model. Understanding how each of us sees the world and thus how each of us responds accordingly is the most powerful tool available to each of us in learning to lessen unwanted tensions, mitigate negative conflict, and create a culture of understanding and tolerance. A central premise of the course is that the vast majority of unhealthy conflict in our lives and organizations is a result of personalities in conflict. The well-established five styles of conflict resolution (avoiding, competing, accommodating, collaborating, and compromising) are all largely informed by our personalities and the lens through which we perceive and respond to the world. Self-awareness leading to other-awareness offers the critical first step in addressing the majority of negative conflict in our lives. Too many conflict resolution courses focus solely on reducing conflict. The problem with this approach is that not all conflict is bad. Indeed, the best leaders, the best organizations, stir constructive, substantive conflict - the kind of conflict that encourages disagreement but doesn't impinge upon people's basic respect for one another. Constructive conflict, properly handled, can lead to innovation, creative ways of thinking, and most importantly, the mitigation of group think. Effectively addressing conflict is a necessity in our organizations and our communities. Join us for a fun and rewarding two-day experience learning to expand our effectiveness across every aspect of our leadership.
Leading At-Risk Employees
Most people who enter a career in policing are unaware of the physical and emotional toll the profession can produce. Sometimes officers turn to addictive behaviors with devastating consequences. Addictions can lead to destroyed lives, careers, and families. Every year, more lives are taken from the law enforcement family from suicide than all line of duty deaths combined. Ask yourself, how much of your day is spent on personnel issues? How many of these issues are related to alcohol or other addictions? How much training have you received with regard to leading employees who engage in abusive behaviors and addictions? We sadly know the answers because we've been asking police leaders these questions for years. Law enforcement leaders need to embrace effective training with regard to leading at-risk employees. Comprehensive addiction training helps our employees, our agencies, and our communities.
The CPLE understands most of our participants represent public safety organizations with limited budgets and resources and a strong commitment to a sense of fiscal responsibility to their communities. If your agency is interested in hosting one of our courses, please email us at email@example.com, and we'll discuss which of the two models represents your best interest.
We organize our classes around two models or a combination of the two.
Model 1 is based on individual registrations. The CPLE and a host agency offer the program with open registration to other law enforcement agencies. Individual student tuition is $395.00 for each course with the host agency receiving free seats for hosting and marketing the course.
Model 2 is based on a single contract. An organization, association, or local, state, or federal government agency contracts with the CPLE to fund the event. The rate in Model 2 is $349.00 per student for each course. Registration with Model 2 is handled through your agency.
Individual Registration (Model 1)
We've made individual registration simple and convenient. Email us your interest. We will pre-register you for the course at that point. Once the course has reached the minimum number of attendees, you will receive an email from the CPLE stating the status has moved from Tentative to Complete. You will be asked to confirm registration and submit payment at that time to complete the registration process.
As a nonprofit organization, we prefer checks as opposed to credit/purchase cards to avoid associated fees. However, we understand purchase cards are preferred by many agencies, which is perfectly acceptable. If you are able to submit payment via check, our mailing address is:
CPLE International 4080 Monticello Avenue Suite 18-1 #126 Williamsburg, Virginia 23188
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Again, please do not submit payment in any form until you receive an email confirming the class status has moved from Tentative to Complete.