Leading in Crisis

Offered at various locations

The experiences of Col. Harold Moore (Vietnam), General 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.

  • Methodology & Delivery

    Combining pre-reading with the use of highly effective technology, mixed media such, and case studies, our theme-based workshops can be delivered in traditional corporate conference venues to groups as small as 20 participants or as large as 1,400 participants at once.

    Our programs are designed in a modular fashion so sessions of differing lengths and depth can be developed to meet an organization’s objectives and needs. Working in advance to create a highly customized session, we can highlight selected combinations of case studies and battle events in order to emphasize certain lessons or messages.  The programs can also be intermittently delivered in an interstitial mode to fit differing agendas or featured as parts of broader agendas for corporate meeting or conference plans.

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Selected Case Studies

  • Col. Howard Moore
  • Gen. Robert E. Lee
  • Sir Ernest Shackleton

Selected Leadership Lessons

  • Making decisions with incomplete or inadequate information
  • Communicating a compelling vision and enrolling peers and subordinates in decisions and initiatives
  • Distinguishing critical from important–prioritizing decisions and actions
  • Taking initiative in ambiguous or chaotic situations
  • Creating team alignment and a sense of team achievement
  • Monitoring succession readiness and ensuring succession


The general rule is two hours of program time for each case study included, with six-eight hours as an optimal program length.  However, if a client wants more lasting impact and a more focused deliverable as part of the process, a 1.5-day (12-hour) approach is recommended so an overnight period and a targeted work assignment figures into the reflection time for the participants. The minimum program time is four hours.

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