Dave Smith’s “The Winning Mind” for Organizational, Officer, and Career Survival in Law Enforcement
One of the essential elements of law enforcement training is “mindset.” It doesn’t matter how many weapons you have or how many tactical maneuvers you can perform, if you don’t have the right mindset to use them properly and righteously, they may do you no good. This course goes beyond “survival” and helps students learn how to “win” in every situation: from a deadly force incident to a promotional exam to conflict at home, in the office, on the street, or in the courtroom.
Recognizing that “winning” means so much more than just “stopping the threat” and getting home in one piece every night, this two-day course begins by helping students define what “success” means to them as individuals. We identify the principles of true “courageous leadership” and teach students to apply them consistently to the decision-making process, both inside the station and on the street. Students are introduced to “victim-based thinking” and will learn how not to fall prey to a victim-based culture, despite the necessary bureaucracy of working in any government organization. We discuss the power of forgiveness and personal responsibility, and we help participants learn to move forward after a critical incident or other significant career challenge.
We then talk about organizational communication in a realistic and entertaining format, looking at gender-specific science, brain function, generational issues, and body language awareness. Students will be given strategies to tackle the real-world obstacles to effective leadership and personal job satisfaction through communication, training, and skill-building. We address the critical truth that “leadership” is not a function of a particular position within an agency, but rather what one does with the position they are in. In a fast-paced, team-teaching format, we examine traits found in the greatest leaders known to man, and help students apply those traits and skills to their own situations. Students gain an awareness that in law enforcement we are the “leader” when we talk to a victim of a crime on the phone, dispatch an officer, arrive at a chaotic scene, teach a trainee the proper way to search a building, run a command staff meeting, or set up a drug raid. This awareness is a major step in realizing our critical role in the success of our agency’s mission, no matter what our position, rank, or function.
After laying this foundation, we move on to develop a true winning mindset. This element of the course is designed to give each participant the necessary insight into reaching optimal levels of human performance in life and death confrontations. We’ll study the effects of routine on officer survival and, by looking at the key components of peak performance, we’ll present strategies to give men and women the mental edge they need to face threats – not only on the street – but also the stresses they may confront in their daily lives. Using real world examples of officer-involved critical incidents, we’ll discuss force options, the relationship between confidence and competence, how to reset your own “risk thermostat,” and how to maximize officer use-of-force before, during and after an incident. Finally, we’ll address off duty survival and how you can prepare your family before the unthinkable occurs.
This extraordinary program helps students combat the effects of routine, organizational stress and the role imposed on them by bureaucracy, and teaches them the necessary skills to overcome the obstacles inherent in all law enforcement systems. We give students the ability to not only help others cope and overcome those barriers, but also how to ultimately help themselves and improve their personal performance, survivability, outlook and attitude, both on and off the job.
“The Winning Mind for Organizational, Officer and Career Survival” is one of the most unique law enforcement training experiences available today and will help anyone who attends to develop their own “Winning Mind!”