2-Days GREAT TO MAGNUS: Leadership, Wellness and Mental Toughness, Village of Mount Horeb, WI - December 14-15, 2022

Sponsored by the Village of Mount Horeb Police Department 

Dates: December 14-15, 2022
Schedule: 8am-5pm daily (CST)
Credit Type:  16 hours, Continuing Education
Location: Village of Mount Horeb Police Department, 400 Blue Mounds Street, Mount Horeb, WI 53572
Registration: $335
Registration Closes: December 1, 2022



We are living in a rapidly changing world! As culture changes, it is crucial for leaders to adapt to this new dynamic. Public Safety professionals live with volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity (VUCA) daily. The scrutiny and criticism pitted against law enforcement today is unprecedented creating increasing stress on law enforcement professionals around the world. GREAT is no longer good enough. This workshop makes the argument that there is a “next” for GREAT leaders. The “next” is to become MAGNUS because the new normal mandates this leadership progression.

  • If you are looking to reduce risks and liabilities, “GREAT TO MAGNUS” workshop will deliver!
  • If you desire to improve community trust and recognize the need to reduce community criticism, “GREAT TO MAGNUS” workshop is for you.
  • If you wish to build stronger leadership, performance and psychological resilience, “GREAT TO MAGNUS” workshop is for you.
  • If you are looking to increase retention, “GREAT TO MAGNUS” workshop is for you.

The great value of MAGNUS Leadership Principles is based on the science and practices of human behavior and are delivered in a format that is easily applicable to our daily lives to improve leadership and well-being of each person willing to apply these principles.  The workshop introduces a new theory of human behavior “MAGNUS OVEA” that utilizes a series of interlinking interpersonal and intrapersonal neurobiological capacities designed to turbocharge start performance.  Filled with tactical and practical tools, you will be able to identify, relate to and build a road map for your journey to include information on a new set of self-assessments and digital (Android and iOS) tools to measure psychological, emotional and biological key performance indicators.

Learning ObjectivesUpon completing the course, each participant will:

  • Develop an understanding of GREAT to MAGNUS principles.
  • Apply Interpersonal and Intrapersonal neurobiology principles to enhance wellness and wellbeing.
  • Identify what sabotages you and how to stop your personal saboteurs.
  • Acquire tools to become more and strengthen leadership and performance.
  • Learn how to apply Emotional Intelligence and Positive Intelligence principles to daily activities.
  • Learn application of Reversal Theory and Transcendent Virtues to become psychologically more resilient.


Chief Doug Vierck has been a law enforcement officer since 2007.  He has worked as a patrol officer with the Edgerton Police Department, a lieutenant with the Edgerton Police Department,  a drug investigator as part of a county drug unit, and currently serves as Chief of Police for the Mount Horeb Police Department.  Doug has experience in Patrol, Investigations, Supervision, Leadership, Budgeting, Training, Crisis Intervention, and IT Management.

Doug is an IACP-certified Drug Recognition Expert (DRE), DRE Instructor, DRE Regional  Coordinator, as well as an instructor in Standardized Field Sobriety Testing, Drugs that Impaired Driving, Advanced Roadside Impaired Driving Enforcement (ARIDE) and a Drug Impairment Training for the Educational Professional (DITEP).  As an instructor, Doug teaches department in-service, other courses for officers, educators, and  parents, and gives presentations on drugs to community organizations.

Doug received a degree in 2006 from UW-Whitewater in Sociology with an emphasis on Criminal Justice. He graduated from Marquette University in 2013 with a Graduate Certificate in Law Enforcement Leadership and Management and completed the UW-Madison Certified Public Manager Program in June 2016. Doug also has over 12 years of leadership experience between the public and private sector.

Dr. Mitch Javidi

Mitch is an envisioneer with over 30 years of practical and hands-on Leadership Development experience in diverse industries including Academia, Military, Law Enforcement, Government, and Technology. As a globally recognized leader, he is the founder of the National Command & Staff College, Institute for Credible Leadership Development and the Criminal Justice Commission for Credible Leadership Development.

He has trained at the Joint Special Operations Command “JSOC” and the US Army Special Operations Command “USASOC.” He was awarded the honorary member of the United States Army Special Operations Command in 1999, honorary Sheriff by the National Sheriffs’ Association in 2016 and honorary Police Commander by the Santa Fe ISD Police Department (2019). He was also the recipient of the “Spirit Award” from the National Tactical Officers’ Association.  This prestigious award is presented by NTOA to an individual whose work saves lives (2019).

He served as a tenured Professor at NC State University for 16 years before taking an early retirement but continues to serve as an Adjunct professor without pay (by choice) at both NC State and Illinois State Universities. He is a member of the “Academy of Outstanding Teachers and Scholars” at NC State University and the Distinguished 2004 Alumni of the University of Oklahoma.

Mitch is the developer of “MAGNUS OVEA,” a general theory of Officers’ Wellness, Resiliency and Leadership. He is a published scholar with over 890+ conference presentations worldwide to include presentations for Fortune 500 companies as well as top Public Safety organizations including FBI NAA, Hispanic American Police Command Officers Association (HAPCOA), HIDTA, National Tactical officers Association (NTOA), California Police Chiefs Associations, National Sheriffs Association (NSA), Women Leadership in law Enforcement (WLLE), California Chief of Police Association (CATO), and may other national and state associations. As well, he has provided educational programs for NYPD, LAPD, Ventura County Sheriff’s Office, San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Office, Ogden Police Department, NC State Patrol, Harris County Sheriff’s Office, Walnut Creek Police Department and 200+ other agencies nationwide.

His most recent co-authored article was published in the Police Chief Magazine. Two of his coauthored articles have been published by the FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin ~ “Human Factors: Police Leaders Improving Safety While Developing Meaningful Public Trust” and “Unbundling Beliefs and Values.”  His select books include “Deliberate Leadership: Achieving Success Through Personal Styles,” “Handbook of Research on Effective Communication, Leadership, and Conflict Resolution, and “Moral Compass for the Law Enforcement Professionals”.

Dr. Javidi was the recipient of prestigious “Person of the Year” award by the National Society of Accountants ~ Senator William Victor “Bill” Roth, Jr. “Roth IRA” received the award in the following year.

Chief Mark Garcia

Mark A. Garcia is a retired Chief of Police, who also has presented extensive character based leadership training to law enforcement, community and faith based leaders. Chief Garcia is a leadership expert who has consulted with and taught federal, state and local law enforcement leaders on building leadership capacity, including teaching at the Executive Leadership Institute at Drucker.

Chief Garcia holds an MS in management and is a graduate of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government and California Command College.  Chief Garcia is an SME in ethics, character and virtue having previously served as the Executive Director of the Josephson Institute for Ethics Exemplary Policing Initiative.

Chief Garcia is the co-author of two books and leadership papers and articles, and provides keynote addresses, training and consulting services.

Magnus Leadership Practices

We are living in a world that is rapidly changing.  Leadership and supervision must adapt to this new dynamic by practicing MAGNUS principles to realize results with confidence.  Turbocharging leadership capacity at a personal and organizational level produces a culture of accountability and star performance promoting a sense of safety and support within an organization.

Magnus practices are designed based on scientific research on human moral development, as well as tried and true practices of a MAGNUS  leadership. Promoting self-awareness, accountability, psychophysical responses to relationships and positive intelligence, as well as the latest research on promoting healthy workplace environments changes employees, which changes organizations.

Magnus practices provide foundational leadership principles coupled with scientific practices that build connected cultures and promote well-being.


Ethics pervade everything law enforcement professionals do daily, weekly and throughout one’s career.  Building effective cultures is not easy, but can be accomplished when intentional.  Understanding the role that ongoing ethics training, incorporated into all organizational training and processes, is essential, but often lacking in organizations.

Professional organizations must be willing to commit to continuous improvement, the research is clear, become stagnant and pay the price.  Character is perishable and must be built daily, MAGNUS practices provide the ongoing improvement necessary to be the best.

Cancelation Policy

  • We may cancel or postpone any course or activity because of insufficient enrollment or other unforeseen circumstances.
  • If a program is canceled, we will refund registration fees but cannot be held responsible for any other related costs, charges or expenses, including but not limited to cancellation/change charges assessed by hotels, airlines or travel agencies.  No other refunds beyond the cancellation of the event will be provided.
  • Requests for substitutions for another class or of another attendee for the same class will be accommodated whenever possible. Additional fees will not be charged for reasonable substitutions.
  • Refunds will not be issued for ‘no shows” or when a course is delayed or rescheduled.
  • All registration fees must be paid prior to the start of the class.

Event Details

Start date: December 14, 2022

End date: December 15, 2022

Start time: 08:00 a.m. CDT

End time: 05:00 p.m. CDT

Venue: 400 Blue Mounds Street Mount Horeb, WI 53572

Phone: 919-753-1127

Email: sbass@iaps.org

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