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Fireproofed Leadership Training

Class Length: 8 hours
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It’s been said that culture can be defined by “the worst behavior leadership is willing to tolerate”. This session teaches participants through proven and relevant teaching methods how to build better leaders, careers, and cultures by dealing with the toughest issues law enforcements faces: people problems and other issues that keep decisionmakers up at night. 


Fireproofed Leadership training sessions are ideal for supervisor and leadership level employees, but sessions have been conducted for full departments where requested. 


Learning Objectives: 

  • Students will be able to define and identify toxic behaviors and cultural/leadership weaknesses.


  • Students will understand the pitfalls of distracted leadership. 

  • Students will understand the challenges of detached, untrained, and unmotivated management.
  • Through group discussion, students will learn the 20 toxic traits of unhealthy workplaces and identify the effects of each through application, students will learn the 4 basic steps of cultural change. 

  • Through case studies, will dissect and analyze case studies that will teach them how directed, focused leadership can affect and organization, and how detached, and distracted leaders can also leave a legacy.


  • Students will evaluate their past leadership opportunities through the case studies and evaluate their leadership and determine their goals for future leadership. Will they address issues, pour gasoline on them, or somewhere in between? 

  • Through discussion of MIT Sloan School of Management overview, will analyze 6 types of leadership styles and pro/con analysis of each.


  • Through review of Dark Triad personality traits, students will understand personalities that can have disproportionately negative effect on organizational culture—narcissism, Machiavellianism, psychopathy, and sociopathy.

  • They will learn about studies demonstrating that these borderline personality disorders may be drawn to law enforcement roles and how to minimize negative impact, both individually and organizationally. 

  • Students will understand impact of toxic behavior on various aspects of organizations, through focus on numerous risk areas that include: 

  • Financial—2 case studies will be provided that demonstrate the financial impact of what can happen to organizations that discourage employee feedback, create potential whistleblowers, and practice retaliation.  

  • Legal and Legislative—A case study will demonstrate the impact of lax oversight, leadership that doesn’t walk the walk on stated values, and an unwillingness to document bad behavior and policy violations.


  • Attraction and Retention of Employees—Through a case study and an academic study, participants will analyze and learn the effects of weak management on hiring and retention metrics—and the risks of placing unqualified management into certain roles.


  • Reputational risk—Students will learn how reputations can be destroyed—both for organizations and individuals—through workplace misconduct and poor decision-making.

  • This will involve case studies from business, sports, entertainment, and the first responder community.


  • Productivity and Preparedness—Students will learn impact on productivity when cultural signals are leadership decisions are uncertain and gossip replaces accepted corporate communications. And how the effects of C-PTSD can impact readiness for high stress situations 

  • Psychological and Physical Health—Through academic studies, students will discuss and learn about academic studies of the effects of bad management, toxic environments and issues that are not addressed. Burnout, mental health, and the Covid-19 environment will be discussed. 

  • Protecting, building, and enhancing cultures 

  • Students will learn the importance of understood and accepted mission and vision statements.


  • Students will learn the 8 focus areas for protecting their culture.


  • Through applied lessons from the author’s experience and from law enforcement and other sectors, students will gain applicable and operational knowledge of the 7 key areas of focus for protecting their organization from the effects of toxicity. Areas will include: 

  • Responsibilities of Leadership—focus on need for clarity and visibility of leaders 

  • responsibilities of management, including understanding of generational differences and building relationships. Also will discuss the transition from being an officer to becoming part of management concepts for implementation of cultural values in all aspects and phases of department life—focus on repetition, rewarding of cultural acceptance, and more.


  • Value of employee feedback solicitation 

  • communication strategies of winning hearts and minds of employees 

  • dealing with troubled employee instances—discussion of the cost of doing nothing and the signals it sends 

  • how to define your culture—family vs. team. 

  • Career protection 

  • Through case studies, the trainer’s personal experiences, students will learn the value of and strategies for: 

  • Storytelling 

  • Understanding and overcoming professional and personal blindspots 

  • The importance of proper training and holding staff to uniform standards.  

  • How documentation can impact decision-making abilities.


  • Trusting instincts and training, and knowing cultural warning signs.



  • Understanding the workplace culture, no matter your rank of seniority.


  • Learning from mistakes and how to understand professional risks.


  • Creating a fireproofed environment:


  • How to gain value, strength and resilience from professional and personal adversity. 







Pete Havel fixes broken workplaces.

And he makes good workplaces better. He is a keynote speaker, trainer, and consultant on workplace culture and organizational leadership.

Pete is a former lobbyist and political consultant who proudly served some of America’s leading pro-business advocacy organizations, including the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, National Federation of Independent Business, and Associated Builders and Contractors. He’s also been a senior executive for top strategic communications firms.

His transformational moment and emergence into fixing workplace cultures began with taking the wrong turn into a toxic workplace and his subsequent book The Arsonist in the Office.  Pete now works with companies ranging from Fortune 500 firms to law enforcement agencies to Fortune 500 companies to nonprofits.

He provides clients the tools and techniques they need to solve problems that create financial, legal, and reputational risk, reduce employee satisfaction and lower productivity levels.

Pete is the president of his consulting firm, The Cloture Group. He’s lives in Dallas, TX., is a graduate of Baylor University and an avid Red Sox and Patriots fan.




Pete Havel is author of "The Arsonist in the Office"






The Arsonist in the Office