Keynote & Seminar Overviews

Five Unforgettable Professional Development Seminars and Keynotes
Bring the Lessons of History and Experience to 21st Century Organizations,
Their Leaders, and Their Teams.

Leadership Under Fire: Lessons From the Battle of Gettysburg

Few events in history provide a more authentic setting for a study of leadership than the Battle of Gettysburg.

For three days in July of 1863, more than 165,000 men were engaged in what became the turning point battle of the American Civil War. In human terms Gettysburg resulted in 51,000 casualties, making it the most costly single engagement of the war. The leadership lessons associated with the Gettysburg Campaign are as numerous as they are profound, and they are the basis for this keynote and seminar.

A study of this historic campaign produces abundant examples of strikingly simple and highly intricate leadership strategies and command decisions. There are stunning examples of successes and failures in the decision-making process, and a host of actions that serve as vivid illustrations of the consequences of effective and ineffective leadership initiatives.

In 1863, the battlefield at Gettysburg was a crucible in which 19th century strategies of military, political, and interpersonal leadership were tested in the intense heat of battle. Today, that same field is a dramatically powerful backdrop for the study of leadership strategies and techniques employed in the Battle of Gettysburg, and a venue of unmatched historical relevance to examine the potential lessons for 21st century leaders.

This seminar is offered on the field in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. Seminars can also be provided on your site using both historic and contemporary visuals, to bring the battlefield and the actions that took place there to life for your audience.

Leadership Under Fire: Lessons from the White House

Since 1789, the President of the United States has been a key player on the world stage.

The White House

Those who have held the highest office in the land have led the nation through both good times and bad, in war and peace, and through endless periods of growth and development. The basic outline for the presidency, found in Article II of the United States Constitution, created an executive branch that has endured through 45 unique and separate administrations.

Few leadership roles offer the enormous challenges and opportunities faced daily by the President of the United States.

This keynote and seminar examines the personal, professional, and political dispositions of several of the 44 individuals who have held the highest office in the land. Historically focused attention is given to the broad leadership styles our presidents have brought to the office, as well as how those varied styles have affected their specific decision-making strategies. Notable presidential decisions and actions are used to illustrate leadership strategies and techniques that are poignantly applicable to 21st century leadership in virtually any field of endeavor.

“Our Team really enjoyed the sessions with Mike this Spring; he does an excellent job relating the leadership lessons from history to the challenges facing public school leaders. I would highly recommend Mike’s program: Leadership Under Fire: Lessons From Flight 93 and Personal Leadership: The Art of You Leading You for a team development experience.”

Jason C. Perrin, D.Ed.

Leadership Under Fire: Lessons From Flight 93

September 11, 2001, not unlike December 7, 1941, is a date that will “. . . live in infamy.”

The catastrophic events of 9/11 shocked the world and rocked the sensibility of the United States regarding global terrorism. The passengers and crew onboard United Fight 93 found themselves in a fatal struggle between good and evil. Knowing that they were to be sacrificed, they acted to prevent additional loss of life. One historian concluded that, “The crew and passengers of Flight 93, spared humankind from the impact of a conflict that could easily have become another world war.”

Leadership Under Fire: Lessons From Flight 93 affords participants the opportunity to look at critical aspects of Flight 93 on 9/11. These carefully selected pieces of the Flight 93 story are then examined to expose the leadership lessons they so richly illustrate. In addition, attention is given to attributes of strong leaders, the development of strategic leadership initiatives, and tactical actions to address strategies and fulfill missions.


Organizational leadership lessons explored during this seminar focus on such topics as:
     – the role of imagination in thoughtful leadership,
     – the potential impact of the human freewill factor,
     – essential information dissemination protocols,
     – and organizational empowerment throughout a chain of command.

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Personal Leadership

The focus of this keynote and seminar is leadership at the personal, individual level.

A frequently overlooked aspect of leadership is how leaders lead themselves. One of the critical attributes of most successful leaders is a skill set necessary to be a successfully personal leader. This keynote and seminar offers practical strategies and techniques to enhance personal leadership. The stark reality and undeniable truth of the relationship between personal leadership and personal well-being is clearly illustrated time and again throughout this seminar.

A single core belief is the base upon which this seminar rests. Simply stated, that belief is, “You are not the most powerful person in the world, but you are the most powerful person in your world!” Building on that simple belief, participants look at three critical aspects of their daily lives. These include: Interpersonal Relationships, Time Management, and Care of the Self. Throughout this interactive keynote and seminar, participants are challenged to look at these three aspects of life and consider the degree to which they currently engage in active personal leadership, and how they can enhance and expand their active personal leadership.

The strategies and techniques presented in this seminar are offered from a whole-person perspective. Understanding that a change in one aspect of a person’s life undoubtedly affects the others, participants are encouraged to consider all phases of their lives and recognize their interrelatedness. An understanding and appreciation for this perspective lies at the very heart of successful, long-term, personal leadership, and one’s ability to lead others.

Power Teaming

The true power potential associated with successful teaming practices and strategies is the focus of this seminar. Power Teaming provides participants with the opportunity to look at all phases of the teaming process including: establishing, maintaining, expanding, rebuilding, and enhancing teams. A single core belief is the base upon which this seminar rests. Simply stated, that belief is, “Your team is not the most powerful or effective team in the world, but it can and should be the most powerful and effective team in its world.”

Even though a team may be successful and doing well, the potential for enhancement and expansion must be an enduring team endeavor, if this goal is to be achieved and sustained over time. An examination of the various stages of both finite and infinite teams provides context for the fundamental relationship between individual team members and the team as a whole. Significant attention is given to the mutual upward spiral generated by a complimentary and supportive relationship between members and their teams.

Teams participating in Power Teaming examine their current modus operandi, through the shared perspective of the individual members. The current operating M. O. of the team is then considered in the light of current research into the attributes of successful teams from a variety of fields. Participants are encourages to reflect on their team’s present methods of operations, and consider changes and additions based on contemporary best-practice strategies discussed throughout the seminar. Specific attention is given to four critical teaming attributes in this seminar. They include: focus, trust, essential skills, and interpersonal competencies. As each attribute is examined, participants are encouraged to seek ways to improve how well their team can more effectively, in the words of Babe Ruth, “. . .play together. . .!”

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