Speeches

Today’s world is far more complex than ever. It deserves new thinking and new responses to the challenges that exist and those that await. Here is a list of topics that provide some intellectual stimulation and professional growth.

Topics Covered in Past Speeches

Executing Difficult Strategies

  • In an increasingly complex world, organizations are challenged with executing difficult strategies effectively. That starts with having a reputable brand, one that can operate from a position of strength and credibility. That includes listening to, learning from and leading stakeholders toward defined goals that can be achieved and destinations that can be reached. This session focuses on how to successfully “brand” one’s products and services and how to involve strategic planning, successful execution and useful evaluation in the process.

Leadership Colloquium

  • Good Management and great leadership lead to a better following.  That requires conducting the affairs of business effectively and inspiring others to follow if only out of curiosity.  It means to be involved in the establishment of goals and objectives, of priorities and people, of success that can be attained and the handling of failure that can occur.  This session features the unique properties of management and leadership and the useful practices and portfolios of each.

Management By Walking Around

  • There are two principal considerations to managing successfully in the workplace:  getting the job done and taking care of your people.  The mission is the essential requirement; but the people are the essential ingredient to success.  Motivating them to accomplish a given task or overall goal or objective is central to the cause.  Management by walking around is a style that works well in any group setting, and it plays out best if certain achievable standards are established which are discussed in detail in this session.

Meeting the Media Is A Management Function

  • As senior officials moving upward in their career triangle, they near the top and learn that one of the forces pulling from the outside is the role of the press and the need to participate in the process of telling their organizational story.  This session analyzes why dealing with the press is a management function, and it offers some “how to” advice for doing that effectively and successfully.

Government and the Media

  • To be successful in government at any level you must be willing to seek, gain, and maintain public approval.  Whatever an answer to a press inquiry, a speech to a stakeholder group or a scheduled press conference, government officials need to be active in tell their story to their multiple publics in multiple ways.  Dealing with the media is a responsibility for a government official to embrace in a way that provides reporters what they are seeking – information – so as to successfully influence the judgment, the opinions and the actions of various publics whose rights the press protects.

Managing Your Boss, Your Time and Yourself:

  • As you move up the professional ladder of life, you are expected to take on more responsibility to include the managing of more senior officials.  This session will include a series of tips of how to more effectively manage those managers while maintaining a sense of balance for yourself and finding the time available to get the job done more efficiently and effectively.

Protecting Your Brand

  • Countries have a brand.  Leaders have a brand.  Organizations and products have a brand.  A brand is an image, an impression, a reputation.  It’s not what you think you are or what you say you are.  It’s what you do, how you do it and why.  This is an era of perception relevance when investing in and maintaining your brand is critical so that people will think well of you.  This session includes elements of what goes into successful branding and outcomes that be achieved.

Resolving Conflict

  • When there is genuine desire to resolve differences between parties, it is useful to recognize certain factors that can influence the outcome.  They include: the history of difference; the personalities and prejudices of the parties; the language that is used in the discussions or negotiations; the strategy adopted to resolve the conflict; the skills and experience of the negotiators; the presences of stated goals and principles; a willingness to compromise; and factoring in a mistake quotient.  These factors are discussed in detail with examples, good and bad, of each element.

Crisis Management

  • Crisis is a major occurrence in any organization with a potentially negative outcome unless prepared for and handled properly.  This session includes the design of a crisis plan, some real-world examples of how crises were dealt with and some do’s and don’ts of crisis management in any organization. A crisis case study is presented and solutions analyzed.

Thinking Strategically about America’s Future

  • To be successful, any nation traveling on its road of life must have achievable objectives and sound strategic thinking.  It requires having a game plan for accomplishing goals through the use of available resources and delivery systems to influence things for the better. Given that uncertainty is our contemporary adversary at the national level, we will need a sound grand strategy to advance America’s vital national interests in the years ahead.  This will not be made any easier given certain megatrends or conditions likely to occur by the year 2030.  Although the future yields uncertainty, it offers promise if our foreign policies decisions are wise and prudent.  This talk outlines the characteristics of an effective grand strategy and offer some visionary advice on leading America
    during these unprecedented times.

A Grand Strategy to Effect U.S. Foreign Policy

  • When the Cold War came to an end in the early 1990’s, with no threatening enemy or enticing frontier to confront, the United States experienced a strategic disorientation during the Post-Cold War period.  We lost our sense of strategic direction and balance.  Instead of shaping events going into this century, we let events shape us.  Lack of a well-defined grand strategy these past 20 years has led to a flawed approach to decision-making at the national level.  An embarrassing strategic thinking deficiency has been the norm.

Traversing the National Security Landscape

  • The threats and challenges to the Nation and the world at the moment are extreme. Where we are and where we’re headed with respect to the multitude of national security considerations facing us is important at many levels.  The analysis that will be undertaken will examine our policy decisions in recent years, the so-called Iraq-effect and its impact on the economy, the armed forces, our image abroad, and on our standing in the world.  This session examines the changes that can be made to set us on a better, safer course.

The Arab Revolution of 2011

  • No government likes to be caught by surprise.  But most were when the revolts in Tunisia, Egypt and Libya broke out earlier this year.  Reflecting on what caused this revolution, why we should have seen it coming, what impact that it has had and could conceivably continue to have on the United States and the world are worthy of consideration.  What has become the biggest popular uprising in the modern history of the Arab world is an obvious top of the news issue.  A more important consideration is the future in terms of how this plays out politically, militarily, diplomatically and economically.  This talk applies practical strategic thinking to these matters.

New Threats, New Thinking

  • There has been and continues to be no shortage of threats to the United States and the world at large.  The global landscape is lined with challenges that seem so broad and so interconnected.  The world of today is a crucible of problems and threats that affect us in ways once unthinkable:  terrorism; piracy; hunger and humanitarian concerns; pandemics; climate change; demands for highly strategic resources including energy, food and water; cyber security;  proliferation of nuclear, chemical and biological weapons; global economic concerns; and regional instabilities.  They are abundant in number and can defy predictability.  They require strategic thinking and planning so as to anticipate, prevent and deal with them effectively in times of crisis.  This talk explores those threats and suggest necessary thinking and responses.

A Decade of Crisis and Correction

  • Many of the events of the past decade had national security implications that can serve as a map of what happened and also as a compass to help anticipate what lies ahead for this country and its place in the world. This talk explores what went wrong these past 10 years and why and looking ahead what the United States can and should do to shore up its security considerations at home and abroad.

The Battle for World Opinion

  • There has been a deep and abiding anger with and resentment of America by nations and peoples around the world for some time.  This has affected our ability to influence the judgment and actions of others who resist our sense of being able to do whatever, whenever and wherever we want as a nation.  This session suggests changes to public policy, public diplomacy and public involvement that can influence the results we seek.

Unprecedented Times-Unparalleled Importance

  • We live in a perilous world at this moment in history, and the global landscape is lined with trends that are of concern and which pose threats.  We have always faced uncertain times to be sure, but this session will differentiate between crises past and those present with emphasis on the reality that there are more of them now and they seem to persist longer. What is needed to deal with these crises effectively is a grand plan or strategy to identify the threats to U.S. national security and to counter them with responsible measures that deal with the world not just as it is today, but how it will evolve over time.

Striving for Capacity

  • Historically unprecedented demands on the United States and the world at large have caused stress and strain to political, economic, diplomatic and military endeavors.  The road ahead does not get smoother; in fact, it portends a rough patch with respect to conflict management and a thoughtful strategy-making process.  The National Security Management Course will reflect on seeking the capacity for fresh thinking and intelligent opportunism to help solve global problems.  That will include the discussion of constructive, successful outcomes through the implementation of sound national-security policy.