I am a consultant
with a wide-ranging career encompassing
management, higher education teaching, and administration. My present
focus is supporting police agencies in the design and implementation of
diversity, ethics, and leadership education through Lifvendahl &
I am a partner and
field researcher of the
National Institute of Ethics working in the area of ethics and
assessment. We work with secondary education and law
enforcement agencies in the area of Integrity Certification.
I currently am an
Adjunct Assistant Professor
Business and Management) and an Adjunct Instructor
with Mount Mary University (Justice
on-line for National-Louis
in their Master of Adult Education program.
Courses I teach or have taught that directly relate to my consulting
I believe that organizational change and
improvement must be driven by a clear understanding of the outcomes and
objectives that are deemed crucial to change implementation.
I specialize in helping leadership define these essential core
outcomes. The focus of my
work has been on providing customized programming that guides change
processes that target the following areas:
Development – I believe that one of the most difficult
tasks organizations deal with are defining outcomes.
These are core behaviors organization members must exhibit if the
business is to be successful. Implicit in this process is the rigorous
review of organizational mission and vision statements.
This is done to ensure alignment between achievable outcomes and
Management – I believe that leaders assume that change is
inevitable and essential to organizational health.
with my client leadership to define what is desirable change and how
best to achieve it. I
facilitate strategic planning processes and employ research methods and
scrupulous evaluation techniques that support
leadership as it plans change implementation.
Development – I believe that successful implementation of
training and development programs is directly linked to the clarity of
learning outcomes and lesson objectives to be achieved by learners.
I employ proven techniques for objectively evaluating and
recommending revision of current programming.
I am also committed to work with clients over the long term by
writing custom curriculum tailored to their unique needs.
As a committed practitioner of adult
learning theory and teaching methodology, I have demonstrated
outstanding instruction in my ongoing relationships with Cardinal
Universities. As I noted
earlier I teach a wide range of course content but focus on leadership,
management and organizational change.
I also bring over twenty years of higher
education experience into the field of training and development. I
combine this with twenty years of management experience.
All this informs my professional practice with a pragmatic philosophy focused on
organizational reality and attainable expectations. I
work with clients to:
Evaluate and assess current programming with
the goal of guiding continuous improvement throughout all areas of
Design and write custom curriculum to be
implemented by both in-house and external training
Formulate and implement train-the-trainer
programming designed to support corporate, civil and non-profit trainers as they seek to
improve curriculum development and presentation methods.
t consulting and teaching practice.
an appropriate level of professional knowledge sufficient to suppor
my professional duties with discretion in the use of confidential
concise and truthful communications after analysis of relevant information.
and/or clarify issues that lead to conflict of interest.
and communicate personal limitations (both in knowledge and
experience) that prohibit successful professional performance.
clearly favorable and unfavorable information.
problems that lead to unethical behavior.
ethical issues involving confidential information.
ethically to others thus modeling proper behavior.
My educational background includes a Bachelors Degree in History,
Master’s Degree in Instructional Technology and a Doctoral Degree in
Adult Continuing Education from Northern
University. I have held
responsibilities in: sales and workforce management; and higher education administration. My
teaching and educational expertise also encompass: computer mediated
learning; distance education; and traditional forms of training and development.
I also seek opportunities to work
with seasoned professionals who have entered into later career stages,
either through choice (retirement) or forced change (downsizing,
restructuring, outsourcing, etc.) in establishing knowledge based
partnerships. This partnering would include, but not be limited
to, providing ad hoc professional services to organizations and
companies seeking help in supporting institutional problem solving.
On-Going Activity-Researcher, Vistelar Group, supporting evaluation
of program effectivenss.
Activity-Mount Mary University, supporting the development of the
University Justice program by teaching and curriculum design.
On-Going Activity-Facilitator, Sherman Multicultural Arts
School. This pro-bono work seeks to:
stakeholder perceptions of the current status of Sherman School
Clarify the "Neighborhood School" concept in regards to this school
Establish a permanent partnering committee whose mission is to
revitalize community commitment to our community school
On-Going Relationship-Partner, with the
National Institute of Law Enforcement Ethics to field a Criminal
Justice Agency Monitoring System. In this relationship I am responsible
for periodic development, dissemination and analysis of instruments
designed to test ethical compliance of law enforcement agencies.
On-Going Activity-Originator, Community Oriented Policing House.
This is a proposed venture with the Sherman
Park Community Association (SPCA) to create and support the placement of
police, prosecution, and corrections personnel directly in a local
neighborhood. The full proposal is available at:
Going Activity-Researcher, Milwaukee Commission for Police
Community Relations. Partner with the Milwaukee Police Department's
research arm to determine the extent to which citizen violent
interactions with police can be diminished. Focus is on support
Commission efforts to decrease citizen/officer firearm violence.
ACTIVITIES DIRECTLY RELATED TO CURRENT WORK
Conducted Survey Research,
Milwaukee Police Association titled
Requirement: City of Milwaukee". The purpose of this survey was to
review national residency requirements for police, determine the views
of officers as to the effects residency has on their lives and ascertain
what changes might occur to the city if residency for police was
dropped. Findings reflect social and psychic uncertainty but personal
certainty as to officers' desire to see residency rescinded (February
Researcher, Healthy Neighborhood Initiative. This on-going activity
is funded by the Greater Milwaukee Foundation. I provided initial
coordination of research activities of a consortium of local Milwaukee
non-profit associations. As part of this effort I created a
comprehensive course of study “Training for Evaluation” designed to
support staff development. The outcome of this process confirmed that
staffs with limited capabilities have difficulty in formulating and
implementing formal research without outside support (November
Facilitated and Edited the creation of a strategic plan for retired
Inspector Ramon Galaviz in his effort to become the Milwaukee Police
Department Chief of Police (October, 2007).
Wrote, a compiled report of focus group findings for supporting
"Aging in Community: A Senior Housing Ideas Competition"
sponsored by the
University of Wisconsin - School of Architecture. This
represented findings generated by four on-sight meetings organized and
held over a four week period in January, 2007.
and Wrote “24
Hour Lockup Training”, (2004-6) a comprehensive, 19 module
curriculum of instruction for
the Milwaukee Police Department (MPD) police officers entrusted with
arrestee processing in holding cell faculties.
This program was grant supported by the State of Wisconsin,
Department of Justice. Included
in this program was responsibility to help
guide initial MPD Train-the-Trainer and produce supplemental
instructional materials. The
central focus of this program is suicide prevention and enhancement of
Lifvendahl assisted the Milwaukee Police Department with the
development of a 3 day, Temporary
Holding Facility (THF) Jail Course targeted f
municipal police agencies with temporary
lockup facilities. The
, Department of Justice, Training and Standards Bureau only had a
3-week jail course targeted on lockup facilities with prisoners
expected to stay incarcerated on a long-term basis.
The THF Course has been well received both internally and
externally within the law enforcement
communities. He also,
provided our sworn
rank with a presentation on Organizational Change, which was well
are about 300 supervisors
in our department, which is the largest police agency in the State
Lifvendahl is extremely knowledgeable about curriculum development,
conducts good research, and is an exceptional communicator
with strong writing skills. He
was also extremely flexible and got along well with others.
I highly recommend him.
Ramon Galaviz, Former Director,
Community Association. Facilitate
on-going review of Association mission/vision.
Lifvendahl is a board member of our Association; he serves as the
first Vice-President. He has taken on the responsibility of
assisting the staff and board to revisit our mission in light of the
cuts in Federal funds. He also has directing our strategic planning
process and helping the board to look at the critical needs of our
neighborhood. He also has taken an active role as a volunteer in our
funding raising efforts. I have also interacted with him on the
planning process that has taken place in the Milwaukee Police
Lifvendahl brings a unique sense of dedication to working with our
volunteer board. His educational background in management has been
very beneficial to our planning process. He is an active listener;
he takes the ideas of his follow board members and is able to
develop a coherent way for
them to reflect on their ideas and to build consensus as a group. He
has a unique quality of tying ideas together so that all the people
around the table sense that they are being heard and that their
ideas are important to the process. One thing that I have always
appreciated—Tom is always on time and prepared for
meetings and events.
O’Connell, Past Executive Director,
Community Association. Chair, Milwaukee Commission on Police
See My Current Vita to see full project
A. Lifvendahl, Ed.D.
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