Lou Hayes Jr


Lou Hayes, Jr grew up a tinkering boy – perpetually building, diagnosing, deconstructing, inventing, and analyzing with his brothers and dad. (Mom and grandma taught him how to cook!)

After Catholic prep school, he attended public university for Mechanical Engineering (and rugby!), but dropped out to follow in Dad's footsteps as a street cop. 


Since 1998, Lou has been a full-time Police Officer/Detective/Sergeant for a suburban Chicago police department. Some of his assignments include: Patrol, Investigations, Firearms & Tactics Training Unit, Crisis Intervention Team (CIT), SWAT/medical, and Training Coordinator.

With some SWAT colleagues (and using the theories of deceased Air Force Colonel John Boyd), he developed The Illinois Modela cyclical, non-linear, problem-solving process for police officers. It proved to be a unique endeavor - one that prioritizes life, Constitutional objectives, incident strategy, and tactics in rapidly changing and high-stakes circumstances. Since then, The Illinois Model has expanded greatly to serve as a broad philosophic theory on and pathway to human and organizational adaptability.

As a teen, his first few jobs gave him plenty of grease under his fingernails. Lou's bias towards the technical and industrial gave him a rather mechanical toolbox - both physically and mentally! But his career positions as Detective and educator have drawn him into the realm of emotional intelligence and what industrialized folks might label the "soft" skills of life. 



Lou's curiosity and self-study has brought him to learn about generalism, adult learning science, human performance under stress, decision-making, leadership, strategic mindsets, project management, and complex adaptive systems. His relentless asking of challenging questioning that begin with How and Why have earned him the nickname Tactical Philosopher

He is pursuing and open to opportunities to work with a variety of industries and organizations. Lou speaks to large groups...and moderates small intimate workshops. Content extends well beyond policing, into the realms of learning science, education reform, and human problem-solving.  

Follow him on Twitter at @LouHayesJr or connect with him on LinkedIn

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