February 11, 2015
Candid and straightforward about the leaders he has observed, Bob Woodward explores with audiences the successes and failures of Presidents from Nixon to Obama. Using his vast background, Woodward presents case studies in presidential leadership and decision making, helping audiences understand where administrations have gone right and wrong in dealing with domestic and international issues and what to look for in future leaders. He also talks about the price of politics and its impact on leadership discussing how President Obama and the highest profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Congress attempted to restore the American economy and improve the federal government’s fiscal condition. His keen insight on leading while adapting to changing circumstances is thought provoking and relevant to us all.
Bob Woodward shares with audiences the leaderships lessons learned and observed over the years. From Presidents to CEOs to the personal lessons learned along the way from his Naval service in the 1960s - “He who does not know to which port he is sailing has no favorable wind” to the late actor Robin Williams’1991 movie, The Dead Poet’s Society - “I stand on my desk to remind myself that we must learn to look at things in a new way."
Working behind the scenes for 18 months, Bob Woodward wrote the most intimate and sweeping portrait of President Obama making the critical decisions on the Afghanistan war, the secret war in Pakistan and the worldwide fight against terrorism. Drawing on internal memos, classified documents, meeting notes and hundreds of hours of interviews with most of the key players, including the president, Woodward's lectures offer an original, you-are-there account of Obama and his team in this time of turmoil and uncertainty: a heretofore unseen look at the president, his leadership style and the inner-workings of his administration.
Beginning with their first shared Watergate byline in June 1972, Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein set a new standard for Washington journalism and in-depth, behind-the-scenes reporting on the American presidency. Together Woodward and Bernstein tell the stories behind their newspaper work and books, offering a unique, riveting and personal tour of politics and Washington. Addressing the weaknesses and strengths of eight presidents, their presentation provides a vivid lesson in leadership. The co-authors of All the President’s Men (1974) and The Final Days (1976) will explore the impact and methods of the modern media from their own police-beat-style reporting to the radical changes brought by the internet, cable news and social networking tools. The 40th anniversary of the Watergate break-in -- June 17, 2012 -- was an especially appropriate milestone for Woodward and Bernstein to revisit some questions: What really happened in Watergate? Why? Who was behind it? What does it mean for politics today? Is there a case for defending Nixon or reassessing his presidency in general? What about Henry Kissinger? What are the real lessons for America four decades later?
The most famous political investigative reporter in America and two-time Pulitzer Prize winner, Bob Woodward provides a behind-the-scenes look at the inner workings of government, politics and the role of leadership.
Consistently revealing the inside, hidden stories of Washington and the American Presidency—from Watergate to the Supreme Court, the CIA, Pentagon, Federal Reserve, the 9/11 terrorist attacks to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and the efforts to resolve America’s fiscal condition, Bob Woodward is a two-time Pulitzer Prize winner and Washington Post associate editor who has earned iconic status in American journalistic heritage. An experienced observer, Woodward highlights and analyzes the most important issues of the day sharing with audiences’ critical timely insights while providing the depth and breadth of information needed to gain perspective into today’s current state of affairs both at home and abroad. Called “the best pure reporter of his generation, perhaps ever” by The Weekly Standard, Woodward has authored or co-authored more national best-selling non-fiction books than any other contemporary American writer—winning him national acclaim. His most recent best-selling book, The Price of Politics (September 2012), is based on 18 months of reporting and is an intimate, documented examination of how President Obama and the highest profile Republican and Democratic leaders in the United States Congress attempted to restore the American economy and improve the federal government’s fiscal condition.