Include Discussions Matter in Your 2018 Training Plans!

Discussions Matter Workbooks

Discussions Matter is a Workbook designed to facilitate discussions INTERNAL to law enforcement agencies. There are multiple sources providing external modes of communication, but not many focused on discussions supporting your personal and professional development internally. A Workbook is purchased for each participant, each facilitator purchases the Discussions Matter Facilitator Guide, and access to the FREE train-the-facilitator eLearning module. Discussions focus on raising self-awareness, community awareness, agency awareness, relationship awareness, and developing change agility. Start Discussions Matter today! Change the Status Quo from the inside out.


You may also purchase the Workbooks via Amazon at this LINK.  Purchase the Discussions Matter Facilitator Guides at this LINK.  Access the FREE train-the-trainer eLearning at this LINK.

Introduction: Discussions Matter

It’s pretty simple.  We live in very contentious times.  And social media fuels every flame until it’s a blazing inferno.

Well intended law enforcement officials are interested in strengthening the relationships between law enforcement and the community. Situations that have resulted in weakening that bond will only worsen without corrective action, which begins with internal discussions. Those discussions matter.

Engaging in interactive discussions with your peers helps to confront those hidden barriers that inadvertently damage relationships. This is not an attempt to change hearts; this is an attempt to change minds. This is not an exercise in changing how people ‘feel’; this is an exercise in changing how people behave.

Incidents are occurring that have left communities, families and law enforcement officials mourning. Those incidents have also resulted in fear, anger and devastation, with social media driving those emotions to heightened levels unknown in the past. Wounds are opened and reopened without time to heal before another incident occurs and social media flames rise higher and higher.

It’s time for discussions; because Discussions Matter.

This guide will provide a format to engage law enforcement officials in those discussions; however, discussions must result in action to change the status quo.

Order Discussions Matter Materials!

Discussions Matter to Law Enforcement: A Guide & Workbook for Law Enforcement Officials Committed to Changing the Status Quo has HIT THE PRESS!  Get your copy TODAY!  I wouldn’t just provide the training without preparing you to be successful.  I’ve created resources to support your successful facilitation, member learning and ability to deliver measurable results.  As I continue to hear from you about challenges, I will continue to provide more support resources.  Get the Workbooks for your Law Enforcement Officers, Get the Facilitator Guide, Take the eLearning, and schedule Training sessions!  I can’t wait to hear about the learning experiences!

You can order the Discussions Matter Guide & Workbook from Amazon via this LINK!


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Discussions Matter Facilitator Guide: This is a MUST HAVE companion prior to facilitating Discussions Matter! The Guide provides step-by-step facilitation guidelines, helping you engage participants in learning and preparing you to facilitate comfortably and competently.

Discussions Matter eLearning! Is a FREE course to support successful preparation for facilitating Discussions Matter and using the Facilitator Guide!  The eLearning is the first resource that you need to review PRIOR TO planning your Discussions Matter training sessions.  Purchase your Facilitator Guide prior to starting the course.

Discussions Matter Templates: Download these templates to hand-out during sessions, and encourage members to use them for their own planning and development purposes.  These templates are to be used in combination with appropriate Topic Discussions.


The Power of ONE

  It only takes ONE individual, making ONE decision, at ONE organization, to risk the reputation of the entire brand.  ONE incident at ONE restaurant (Details), initiated by ONE employee, creates negative publicity for the owning organization and all restaurants under the same umbrella.  ONE agency member, making ONE decision, from ONE precinct, can risk …

Wounds opened and reopened

Excerpt from the Introduction to Discussions Matter: Incidents are occurring that have left communities, families, and law enforcement officials mourning.  Those incidents have also resulted in fear, anger, and devastation, with social media driving those emotions to heightened levels unknown in the past.  Wounds are opened and reopened without time to heal before another incident …

Law Enforcement Research


I completed my dissertation research in 2015, which began in 2009.  My dissertation Topic is An Exploration of the Relationship Between Transformational Leadership and Courageous Followership Behaviors in Law Enforcement.  My published dissertation can be accessed HERE.

Abstract:  This study explored the relationship between transformational leadership and courageous followership behaviors in law enforcement, to determine if those assessing themselves as transformational leaders also assessed themselves as courageous followers. This relationship was explored using the Leadership Practices Inventory (LPI) and The Follower Profile self assessment instruments, completed by 148 law enforcement leaders in the state of Ohio. The rationale for selecting law enforcement leaders for this study is that leadership and followership behaviors in this field have a significant cascading impact (on those serving, their families, those served, communities, extended law enforcement agencies, etc.). This study provided research to support leadership and followership development in law enforcement and contributed to academic research related to the leader-follower relationship. The study demonstrated an overall positive relationship between transformational leadership and courageous followership behaviors as self-assessed by law enforcement leaders in the state of Ohio.