Keynote & Seminar Overviews

Four 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
First Days BattleFew 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
White HouseSince 1789, the President of the United States has been a key player on the world stage. 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 forty-five 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.

Personal Leadership: The Art of You Leading You
Personal Leadership Book CoverThe 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 both a desire and 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.

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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. . .!”