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President's Message

Steve Wiley and Angela SontheimerTrust. How important is that idea in your organization? Do your followers trust you? How about your customers or clients?

I’ve been thinking about how vital trust is to organizations ever since I saw the findings of the 2009 Trust Barometer, which showed that trust in business is currently at a 10-year low in the US. Interestingly, 4,475 opinion leaders in 20 countries in two age groups (25-34 and 35-64) were sampled. The survey found:

  • Nearly two-thirds of informed publics (62%) trust corporations less than they did a year ago
  • Only 38% said they trust business to do what is right -- a 20% plunge since last year — and only 17% said they trust information from a company's CEO
  • Seventy-seven percent (77%) said they refused to buy products or services from a company they distrusted -- the first time the survey explored people's direct actions toward trusted and distrusted companies. Seventy-two percent (72%) criticized a distrusted company to a friend or colleague.

"Our survey confirms that it's going to be harder to rebuild our economies because no institution has captured the trust that business has lost -- trust is not a zero-sum game," said Edelman CEO Richard Edelman in a statement.

Only 17% (that’s one in five respondents) say they trust what they hear from business leaders. What kind of business results are you going to get with a 17% “trust rate”?

So, you ask, how can we increase trust in today’s business environment? I would suggest that we heed LLI’s faculty member General Jim Anderson’s advice about being a “vivid, living personal example” to both our followers and those who lead us.

By “being the change we want to see” I’m confident that we can boost the “trust factor” in all of our organizations and that the results will show both at the bottom line and with improved engagement.

Below you’ll find a follow up to the article by Lincoln Leadership Institute faculty member Bob Prosperi that we ran in last month’s newsletter. His photos are featured in the local press celebrating the important November 19 Remembrance Day.

Please be in touch with any comments or questions!

Regards to you and yours and wishes for a very Happy Thanksgiving.

Steven B. Wiley, president and founder
Lincoln Leadership Institute

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Celebrate the 146th anniversary of the Gettysburg Address

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November 19, 2009 marks the 146th Anniversary of the Gettysburg Address. Also known as Dedication Day, a ceremony in Gettysburg will begin with a 9:30 a.m. wreath laying ceremony at the Soldiers' National Monument, according to the National Park Service (http://www.nps.gov/gett/parknews/dedication-day-2009.htm).

Wreaths will be laid by Pennsylvania's Governor, Edward G. Rendell, actor Richard Dreyfuss, Brion Fitzgerald, the Acting Superintendent of Gettysburg National Military Park, and Frederick E. Clark, Commander of the Sons of Union Veterans of the Civil War Gettysburg Camp #112.

Other highlights will include musical performances by the United States Marine Band. Immediately following the event at the rostrum, the U.S. Colored Troops Graveside Salute will occur at the gravesite of Charles H. Parker, one of only two African American soldiers buried in the National Cemetery.

Evening events will continue at The Majestic Theater with the World Premiere of "For the People," a new Oratorio by Dr. John William Jones, Professor at the Sunderman Conservatory of Music, Gettysburg College.

Mark your calendar

November 2 –December 11, 2009
The Historic Gettysburg Railroad Station
Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History Exhibit
“Free At Last: A History of the Abolition of Slavery in America”

November 16-22, 2009
The Lincoln Flag of the Pike County Historical Society
This 36-star flag was draped over the balustrade in the presidential box at Ford’s Theatre on Good Friday, April 14, 1865 and was used to cradle the President’s head after he was shot. (See more information below.)

For a full schedule of events visit http://www.palincoln.org/dotAsset/2592839.pdf.
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IN THE NEWS: Smart Company magazine features Steve Wiley

President Jimmy CarterAn article entitled, "Building Leaders," featuring Steve Wiley, Keynote Speaker for Frederick Leadership Speaker Series, posted today on Smart Company magazine.

Reporter Jennifer Mellace explained that today’s economy is tough and the anxiety it fosters can be even worse. We worry about job stability. We worry about paying our bills.

"We worry about what lies ahead for not only us, but those we care about. For many, the odds seem insurmountable," she writes. "So how, in fact, can anyone be expected to lead or forge ahead in conditions like these?"

Not only can you lead—but also you can inspire those around you to be the best they can be, says Steve Wiley, president of The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg and featured speaker in January for the City of Frederick Economic Development Office’s Leadership Series.

Read the entire article here.

Sign up today!

Frederick Leadership Speaker Series, featuring Keynote Speaker Steve Wiley

  • When: Jan. 5, 2010 (Jan. 12 snow date)

  • Where: Hood College Rosenstock Auditorium, 401 Rosemont Ave., Frederick, MD
  • Time: Program begins at 6–8 p.m.
for a VIP Reception, 8–10 p.m.

  • Details: For costs and other information or to register, call the City of Frederick Department of Economic Development, 301-600-6360.

Register Here!


Jim Getty answers questions about Lincoln for Investors Daily

LincolnIn an article scheduled to run to commemorate the anniversary of the Gettysburg Address, Investors Daily (www.investors.com) reporter Curt Schleier asked Jim Getty of the Lincoln Leadership Institute about Lincoln’s management style.

Getty said:

Abraham Lincoln was a leader who reasoned. His goal, first and foremost, was to achieve what is doable. Just look to his plan for reconstruction — that any state that had pulled away could establish a State Constitution and elect officials to both Houses of the national government so long as 10% of the state’s qualified voters agreed.

He also recognized there was no great love for the federal government in the south, but Lincoln believed that he could start building consensus among those who did understand the point of having a strong government and grow from there. He instituted that approach to rebuild the economy, and the Union.

Above all, Lincoln was a risk-taker. In fact, against the advice of some of the members in his Cabinet, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation because, he said, “it was the right thing, at the right time, to do.”

Indeed, many people warned him of the political losses that could come. This was especially true of the Cabinet appointment of Gen. Hooker to the position of Commander of The Army of The Potomac. Lincoln told Hooker he knew of his advocating a dictatorship, and in fact is said to have told the general that he would risk having a dictatorship—if only Hooker would gain a few victories.


LincolnLincoln Leadership Institute faculty member Bob Prosperi is up close and personal with President Carter and other dignitaries who traveled the Gettysburg Battlefield

Featured in this month’s issue of the Gettysburg Daily are photos taken by Bob Prosperi, battlefield guide and Lincoln Leadership Institute faculty member.

The photo essay starts on July 6, 1978 when Carter, along with First Lady Rosalynn Carter, and author Shelby Foote, toured in the area of the Virginia Monument looking across the fields of Pickett’s Charge.

“President Carter came prepared with his field glasses,” says Prosperi, who at the time was a young National Park Service Technician. He received a phone call to take the dignitaries on a tour of the battlefield.

He noted that the tour went so well that President Carter requested that Prosperi give another tour on September 9, 1978 — in the midst of Carter’s Camp David Summit. The participants included not only the Carter family, but President of Egypt Anwar Sadat, Israeli Prime Minister Menachem Begin, and Israeli Foreign Minister Moshe Dayan.

View all the photos and video here.
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Lincoln's Address

The Lincoln Flag

From November 16-22, 2009 the Pike County Historical Society will be inviting visitors to view the 36-star flag that was draped over the balustrade in the presidential box at Ford’s Theatre on Friday, April 14, 1865. It was used to cradle the President’s head after he was shot, according to the Pike County Historical Society.

To prove its authenticity, Joseph Garrera, then president of the Lincoln Group of New York that is dedicated to studying the life and times of Abraham Lincoln, concluded an independent study in 1996 regarding the history of the bloodstained flag.

Garrera found that on April 14, 1865, a man named Thomas Gourlay was a part-time stage manager and actor at Ford’s Theatre in Washington. After Lincoln was shot, Laura Keene, the star of the evening performance, was in the box and cradled Lincoln’s head in her lap as he lay on the floor. Also present was Gourlay, who is to said to have "pulled the large flag which had been draped over the balustrade and placed it partially under Lincoln’s head."

Lincoln's AddressAfter Lincoln was moved to Petersen House across the street from the theatre,Gourlay took the flag and kept it until, before his death in the 1880’s, he gave it to his daughter, Jeannie Gourlay Struthers,who moved to Milford, in Pike County in 1888. She passed on the flag to her only son, V. Paul Struthers and in 1954 he donated the flag to the Pike County Historical Society.

Lincoln Statue Plaza at Gettysburg National Military Park

Workers are eagerly finishing up the new Lincoln Statue Plaza where the Lincoln Statue will be placed on Nov. 19 when it is dedicated at the Gettysburg National Park Service Visitor Center. The next time you are in town, be sure to visit what will surely be a majestic site.
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Copyright 2009, The Lincoln Leadership Institute at Gettysburg

Newsletter by Inkandescent Public Relations
Writing by Hope Katz Gibbs, president & founder; Copyediting by Kristin Nauth
Design by Jessica Dean, publisher/designer of Celebrate Gettysburg magazine