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A real-life account of how Greg Gadson helped build an organization from scratch, and through his personal leadership style, inspired the soldiers that ultimately saved his life.

Overcoming adversity implies we have come through some difficulties and everything turned out okay. We are looking at adversity as a negative. However, prevailing through the challenge means we look at the adversity as a positive. A purposeful challenge meant for us to learn and grow from, not just overcome, but to prevail—coming out better than we were before. Greg Gadson shares how his challenges have led him to the unexpected: winning two Super Bowl rings, acting in a movie and just taking on life’s challenges.

Peter Gamwell delivers dynamic and relevant keynote presentations on a variety of topics pertaining to leadership, creativity and learning. Whether your organization is involved with education, business, government or not-for-profit, he can work with you to customize a half-day or full-day workshop tailored to your specific needs and organizational goals.

Audiences are delighted and energized by Peter’s unique style. He does not pretend to have all the answers. Instead, he embraces the uncertainty we all feel regarding the complexities of our times, and helps lead us to make sense of our world in positive, yet realistic, ways. He draws on the depth of his research and the range of his experiences to engage audiences into informed dialogue about possible pathways forward—and he uses storytelling and humor to wisely illustrate his messages.

Drawing on his research and his wealth of practical experience, Peter will challenge you to consider fundamental questions to foster positive growth, vibrancy and creativity in your organizations:

  • What do healthy organizations look like? What have you already done that has started to create this atmosphere
  • What does a creative person look and act like? Why do we consider some people creative and not others?
  • What are the conditions needed to draw out people’s unique creative capacities
  • What practical and implementable strategies can we put in place today, next week and in the coming year to foster healthier organizational environments?

By working together to find the answers to these questions and others like them, your organization will find the passion for lifelong and creative learning.

With so many experts saying that imagination and innovation are crucial to our future, you might think about emulating creative companies like Zappos, Google and IDEO. But do you notice what those organizations all have in common? They established their creative cultures as young start-ups. What happens if, like most of us, your organization has been around for decades, steeped in traditional processes and rigid roles that put a chokehold on creativity and beat it senseless every day?

In this lively and engaging presentation built around questions, ideas and stories, you’ll learn easily implemented and practical ways to catalyze and spark dialogue, learning and productive actions specific to your situation. In our complex, bureaucratic age, find out how you can transform your organization to embrace the new creative age.

  • How do you set the stage to foster imaginative, creative and innovative organizational cultures? What barriers can you expect to encounter?
  • What strategies can you use to move forward successfully? Peter challenges some common assumptions pertaining to leadership and learning, and provides suggestions and practical ideas to foster truly innovative and vibrant organizational cultures.
  • What are the conditions for optimal learning and creativity to flourish? Peter will show you how to think through this crucial question—and suggests ways to move forward when the inevitable pushback occurs to organizational change.
    Learn about organizations that have successfully fostered creative learning cultures and find out we can learn from them.

Garcia imparts 10 timeless tenets of successful leadership derived from over 200 interviews with America’s top leaders while researching and writing Leadership Lessons of the White House Fellows: Learn How to Inspire Others, Achieve Greatness, and Find Success in Any Organization. He encourages audiences to challenge their preconceived notions of leadership while helping them absorb the practical, tactical qualities of truly great leaders and apply these principles to their own lives. At the same time, he will illustrate these lessons with personal glimpses into how America’s super successful leaders work, how they think, and how they reached ultimate success.

Robert Gates (Exclusively WSB)

Robert Gates will speak to a wide variety of domestic and global issues and engage in a Q&A session with the audience.

Topic areas include:

  • Global Politics and U.S. Foreign Policy
  • U.S. Intelligence, Defense Strategies and Global Cybersecurity Threats
  • Leadership, Negotiation and Conflict Resolution

Robert Gates (Exclusively WSB)

In this presentation, Dr. Gates shares his views about the most pressing threats to global stability and America’s security. He focuses on his experience dealing with these issues as defense secretary under presidents Bush and Obama—an experience recounted vividly in his recent best-selling book, Duty.  He draws heavily on his memoir sharing his views on the way America's government—White House, cabinet agencies, and Congress—works, and too often does not work. We face one of the most complex, dangerous and uncertain international environments today. From rising military tensions with Russia and China, multiple conflicts in the Middle East and the threat of ISIS, to dicey trade relations and economic challenges confronting Europe, Dr. Gates foresees a generation of conflict, and predicts we will continue to face the most challenging international environment since the Cold War for some time to come.

Robert Gates (Exclusively WSB)

The only officer in the history of the CIA to rise from entry-level employee to director, Dr. Gates has consistently been a successful leader of change throughout an exceptional career. In this candid, inspiring presentation based on his book A Passion for Leadership, Dr. Gates draws on years of dedicated leadership at the CIA, Texas A&M University and the Department of Defense to offer wisdom and encouragement to leaders on how to successfully implement change and transform their organizations. In a time of change, companies have to change all the time to be competitive. How do you recognize and preserve the tradition and culture that made a company great, and determine what is in the way? Assessing the failures of big institutions, Dr. Gates offers innovative and practical advice, sharing personal anecdotes and experiences as most pertinent to your audience.

This program is a wake-up call to the vital issue in business today:  a failure to execute.

We talk about what we’re going to do—but talk doesn’t move ideas. When Sam asks marketers for their biggest challenge, most reply it is the struggle to move strategy to reality. When he asks, "how would you rate yourself (on a scale of 1 to 10) on implementing your strategy?"—he discovers that the average rating is 6.2. The fact is in today’s marketplace 6.2 just doesn’t cut it.

Recognizing the huge gap between talk and action, Sam focuses on the premise that what drives business today is execution.

He helps participants move their knowledge to action. He assists them develop a personal step-by-step approach that enables them to implement their strategies successfully into their everyday work lives.

How-to execute questions such as the following, are answered:

What steps need to be taken?… how to engage everyone in the execution process… what particular skills are needed… how to best use available resources… how to maximize the use of technology… and many, many more.

The complete execution process is detailed. All perspectives are discussed from the customer to the organization, from the distribution channel to current technology.

As marketers we decide by our action or inaction what our future will hold. Quite simply if we do nothing, we are making a choice.  Doing nothing is scary stuff. Taking action is absolutely necessary stuff. It’s the growth engine of your business. Taking action matters to all of us.

This new program focuses on all the components involved in taking action! 

  • Sam highlights the causes of inaction, the how-to’s of taking action effectively.
  • He outlines the consequences of doing nothing, the rewards of taking action.
  • He explains why taking action really matters today ... and will matter tomorrow.
  • He discusses effective how-to’s to initiate companywide action by all staff.

By the conclusion of the program participants will have had the opportunity to develop engagement strategies; understand why an accountable attitude matters; discover 18 extra minutes of productivity in their day and recognize the rewards to be found by taking action in a timely manner whether you are an organization of one or one thousand.

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