Antietam: Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan as CEOs and HR Directors
There is much for today's leaders to learn about leading people and business acumen from the examples, good and bad, of Robert E. Lee and George B. McClellan at the Battle of Antietam.
The Constitutional Convention: Coalition Building at Its Finest
An examination of the factors leading to the Constitutional Convention, which delegates chose to attend the meeting, and of course the actual debates in Philadelphia, offer great insights into building coalitions and the sub‐competencies of partnering, political savvy, and influencing/negotiating.
George Washington's Mt. Vernon
The story of George Washington’s transformation of Mt. Vernon from an unsustainable and unprofitable enterprise upon his arrival in 1754 into a thriving estate offers great insights for today’s leaders into any or all of the competencies of leading change, leading people, results driven, business acumen, and building coalitions.
Gettysburg: Leading People and Driving Results
The 1863 Gettysburg Campaign offers the opportunity to examine leadership at every level and in every ECQ competency. In addition to the obvious choice of Leading People, Gettysburg offers fascinating insight into Results Driven and its sub-competencies of accountability, customer service, decisiveness, entrepreneurship, problem solving, and technical credibility.
Jamestown: Vision, Values, and Missions in the Founding of America
The compelling story of the first generation of English settlers in the future United States offers a unique way to consider the multiple facets of leadership including leading people, leading change, driving results, building coalitions, and business acumen.
Lincoln's Road to Emancipation: A Story of Building Coalitions
The story of what Lincoln did to build a coalition dedicated to emancipation – without suggesting that he was solely responsible for that effort – offers great insight into the building coalitions sub-competencies of partnering, political savvy, and influencing/negotiating.
The Spy Museum
This session capitalizes upon the public fascination with spies and spying to use the history of espionage as a window into the leadership competencies of Business Acumen and Results Driven – two fundamental competencies that spies and spy agencies have had to master in order to be successful.
Three Windows on Leading Change: John Brown, Frederick Douglass, Harriet Tubman, and the Destruction of Slavery
This session delves into the topic of leading change by examining the efforts of John Brown, Frederick Douglass, and Harriet Tubman to end the institution of slavery. This session can be conducted with a site-visit to the Frederick Douglass House in Washington D.C. or a visit to Harpers Ferry, West Virginia.
Valley Forge: Insights Into Business Acumen
We explore how George Washington and his generals used the Valley Forge winter encampment of 1777-1778 to transform the Continental Army from a ragged bunch of individuals with unreliable equipment into the fighting force that would win the Revolutionary War. Along the way we explore financial management, human capital management, and technology management.
Votes for Women: The Leadership of Alice Paul
This session uses the story of Alice Paul, the person most responsible for securing the Nineteenth Amendment extending voting rights to women, as a way of exploring a number of emerging theories on leading change. This session can be done as a stand-alone seminar or include a visit to the Belmont-Paul Women's Equality National Monument in Washington D.C.