Theme-based Classroom Programs

Participants in our case study and video-based classroom experiences can also benefit from our theme-based leadership programs. Our theme-based classroom programs focus on the following key thematic elements, and they contain cases based on individuals from different periods of history who were faced with similar challenges and who demonstrated similar principles through their leadership examples:

9/11 Decisions of Consequences

September 11, 2001, was a date that changed the life of every American and altered the course of world history. Based on stories from individuals who played critical roles in the response to the terrorist attacks, this course explores leadership decisions amid crisis and the consequences that result from them. Through a combination of historical case studies and workshop discussions, participants will be inspired to hone their abilities to think clearly, act decisively, and lead with determination, even during periods of ambiguity.

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Leading in Crisis

The experiences of Col. Harold Moore (Vietnam), Gen. Robert E. Lee (Civil War), and famed Antarctic explorer Ernest Shackleton (1915) are investigated for the clues they provide about how adaptive leaders remain highly effective in times of crisis.

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Leading in Transition

Selected leaders throughout history who have shaped and reformed their organizations during periods of great ambiguity.  Case studies include Joshua Chamberlain (Civil War), Admiral Grace Hopper (World War II), Sir Ernest Shackleton (Antarctic Explorer), and others.

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Leading with Character

The examples of Nelson Mandela, Winston Churchill, and Union Gen. George Meade are used to illustrate the force of character in shaping decisions and actions. The convictions and choices of these three figures are studied to illustrate how an abiding knowledge of one’s core moral principles drives and guides taking action against adversity in times of crisis. Participants gain a vivid understanding of how character, manifested through moral courage, can drive sound judgment under pressure.

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Championing Diversity and Inclusiveness: The Integration of Professional Baseball

The Championing Diversity and Inclusiveness program is designed for an audience with professional needs and sophistication beyond “sensitivity training.” The program’s purpose is to challenge and encourage leaders to actively engage elements of diversity in an inclusive and deliberate fashion. This program provides tools and language for action; participants will leave the program better able to serve as leaders for corporate diversity goals. Case studies of key personnel with the Brooklyn Dodgers provide a lens through which the mechanics and challenges of creating inclusive environments can be examined.

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Leaders of Character, Competence, and Courage: 3C Leaders

The cases of Joshua Lawrence Chamberlain (Civil War), Lt. Dick Winters (WWII), and Ms. Julie Moore (wife of a Vietnam battalion commander) are examined to amplify the dimensions of leadership related to credibility, composure, persistence, and trustworthiness, all of which are so crucial to effective leadership under pressure.

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