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Upcoming Workshop

Crisis, Change, and Leadership


“When written in Chinese, the word ‘crisis’ is composed of two characters. One represents danger and the other represents opportunity.” – President John F. Kennedy

Meet the Experts

Darrell Darnell, MBA

Darrell Darnell is a homeland security and emergency management subject matter expert experienced in implementing, directing, and managing homeland security, emergency preparedness, business continuity, and campus safety and security programs. He has served in senior positions within the United States Department of Justice, Department of Homeland Security, the White House National Security Staff, and was the first Director for the District of Columbia’s Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Management. In addition to those roles, he served as the Senior Associate Vice President for Safety and Security for The George Washington University, and Vice President for Venue Security for the Madison Square Garden Company. He is a retired Master Sergeant (First Sergeant), United States Air Force. He is an Affiliated Faculty Member for the National Preparedness Leadership Initiative (NPLI), at Harvard University.

Aymen Saihati, MS

Aymen Saihati is a leadership thinker, writer, and speaker. Recognized as one of the "World's Top 30 Startups Gurus for 2023." Aymen is the founder, CEO & Chief Visionary Officer of MARKO Advance, a consultancy and management development firm. Aymen also founded "The Super Leader Framework™" and is the author of several books, including The Super Leader: From A Leader to A Systemic & Sustainable Leadership and Lead Naturally. Also, Aymen is the author of the "Leadership Awareness Series (LAS)," which includes two short books until now: Heartfelt leaders and On Emotional Intelligence.

Workshop Objectives

This program delivers a concise and pragmatic framework for effective leadership during crisis and change. You will learn to build your presence as a leader, gain deep insight into the situations you face, and forge robust personal and institutional connectivity. You will leave the program better prepared to successfully confront complex challenges and navigate uncertainty.

Workshop Value Proposition

It’s impossible to prepare for every contingency. Yet with essential skills and techniques, you can learn to face high-stakes moments with confidence.

Guiding a team or organization through crisis and change begins with comfort with ambiguity. You will never know everything, yet you have to act. Effective crisis leaders build islands of certainty around core values and principles that restore calm and foster resilience amidst the chaos. Darrell shows you how to navigate even the most turbulent situations so you, too, can confidently take the reins in any challenge.

Learn the three dimensions of the powerful Meta-Leadership framework and practice method that empower you to lead more intentionally and confidently.

Understand how to establish a culture of trust and accountability that focuses and grounds both small teams and large, no matter the challenge.

Prepare for multiple futures, both foreseeable and difficult to discern—so you’re ready to nimbly address whatever reality unfolds.

Workshop Attendees

This workshop is designed for anyone facing dramatic change, not just for emergency services. These days, the world and technology are changing so rapidly, that all leaders can benefit from the mindsets that are learned in crisis.

Workshop Agenda

– Day One Morning: The Meta-Leadership Framework for Crisis Leadership

Primary Facilitator: Darrell Darnell Co-facilitator: Aymen Saihati

  • An Introduction to Meta-Leadership

o   The Leadership Environment

o   The Thinking and Practice of Meta-Leadership

o   Meta-Leadership for Navigating Complexity

o   Crisis Leadership

  • The Person—Fulfilling Your Leadership Potential

o   Developing a Growth Mindset

o   Emotional Intelligence

o   Brain Function


– Day One Afternoon: Identifying Multiple Futures

Primary Facilitator: Darrell Darnell Co-facilitator: Aymen Saihati

  • The Situation-Understanding Your Situation

o   Understanding Your Situation

o   Managing Different Perspectives


o   The Solution Centered Environment


– Day Two Morning: Building a Resilient Crisis Culture

Primary Facilitator: Darrell Darnell Co-facilitator: Aymen Saihati

  • Connectivity and The Swarm

o   Leading Connectivity

o   Results of Full Connectivity

o   The Swarm


– Day Two Afternoon: Building a Resilient Crisis Culture

Primary Facilitator: Darrell Darnell Co-facilitator: Aymen Saihati

  • Putting It All to Work

o   Situation Connectivity Map

o   Getting Ready to Put the Tools to Work


Day Three Morning: Building a Resilient Crisis Culture

Primary Facilitator: Darrell Darnell Co-facilitator: Aymen Saihati

  • The Growth Mindset

o   The Character Lifecycle

o   What Informs Your Mindset

o   The Growth Mindset

o   The Mindset Continuum


– Day Three Afternoon: Building a Resilient Culture

Primary Facilitator: Darrell Darnell Co-facilitator: Aymen Saihati

  • Driving Sustainable High Performance

o   Obstacles

o   Mastering Pivots

o   Strengthen Leadership

o   Strategic Plan

o   Transformation

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