Accountability – personal and organizational – is one of the most critical and oft-discussed leadership and performance topics. But can leaders take the concept of accountability too far? The story of Major-General John Reynolds and his untimely death at the Battle of Gettysburg offers a real-world example that allows us to think more deeply about… Read More
Author: Jared Peatman
Faculty Corner: Thoughts from Jared Peatman
In “The Way of the Owl,” martial arts expert and naturalist Frank Rivers uses the owl as a model for effective conflict management. The book is full of useful advice, such as: A sharp blade is both safer and more effective than a dull one. Security lies in knowledge, benevolence in training. “Engage the enemy… Read More
How Do You Get Upstream?
In February I was excited to see that Dan Heath had written a new book and that it was to be released in March. I preordered a copy, and after reading Upstream in just a few sittings, I am happy to report that it exceeded my expectations. Heath argues that most of our efforts and reward systems… Read More
A Leadership Lesson from the Toilet Paper Shortage? Absolutely!
This fascinating article suggests that the toilet paper shortage was not triggered by hoarding, but by a change in demand due to the nearly nation-wide stay at home orders. The toilet paper producers of America make both commercial and residential versions of their products. When everyone transitioned to working at home, the use of commercial… Read More
Franklin Roosevelt’s Optimism
In January 2019, we had the privilege to work with one of our great corporate clients to create a new leadership experience for their folks. With many of our faculty members having just read Doris Kearns Goodwin’s then-new Leadership in Turbulent Times and feeling inspired by the fact that the four presidents she profiled had… Read More
Journeying to Monticello
Earlier this month, we had the opportunity to put together a special session and extend our signature Journey program to a new location: Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello. Back in the spring, we were approached by a past client who was organizing a meeting in Charlottesville, Virginia, and asked if we could offer his group a session with… Read More
The following was published by Steve Wiley and Jared Peatman in the Fall 2012 edition of Leadership Excellence. It is reprinted here for your convenience. Experiential education has been a part of American training and development since the 1610s. Fully three-quarters of the settlers who came to Virginia in the 17th century were indentured servants who… Read More
The Alamo as… Risk Management?
One hundred and eighty-three years ago men in San Antonio, some inside the walls of the Alamo and some outside, closed their eyes for the last time. The following morning the Mexican Army launched an attack that ended the 13-day siege, wiping out all 200 combatant defenders and nearly 600 of the attackers. Many stories… Read More
Happy Birthday Mr. Lincoln
Two hundred and ten years ago today Abraham Lincoln was born in a modest home in rural Hardin County, Kentucky – yes, the same place where the television show Justified is set. Lincoln often seems chronologically distinct from the Founding Fathers, but he was born just 21 years after the ratification of the Constitution and… Read More
The Journey Begins
Thanks for joining me! “Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter.” — Izaak Walton