Gen. Martin Dempsey and Ori Brafman
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Gen. Martin Dempsey and Ori Brafman

By providing first-hand insight derived from the classroom and the boardroom to the battlefield and the White House Situation Room, General Martin Dempsey and Ori Brafman challenge audiences to adopt the strategies required to address today's dramatically changing landscape of leadership.
Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and Founder & President of Starfish Leadership

Expertise In:

  • U.S. National Security
  • Terrorism
  • Patriotism
  • U.S. Foreign Policy
  • Business Growth and Trends

Audience & Industry

  • Associations
  • Board Meetings and Executive Briefings
  • Colleges and Universities
  • Corporations
  • Global Audiences

By providing first-hand insight derived from the classroom and the boardroom to the battlefield and the White House Situation Room, General Martin Dempsey and Ori Brafman challenge audiences to adopt the strategies required to address today's dramatically changing landscape of leadership.

Inclusion is no longer a nice-to-have; it’s a strategic imperative. Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff GEN(R) Martin Dempsey and multiple New York Times bestselling author Ori Brafman share stories that bring to life the insightful and often amusing evidence that a forty-one-year-old UC Berkeley peace studies professor and a forty-one-year-veteran U.S. Army general have very little in common—except a deep and unwavering belief that the hard problems we face in our businesses, at the national level, and internationally can be solved with better leadership.

From a young vegan’s confrontation with opponents in Berkeley to a young lieutenant’s surprising visitor during the Cold War, Dempsey and Brafman will provide you with engaging stories, practical takeaways, and the leadership tools necessary to address today’s real leadership challenges.

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Radical Inclusion: The Leadership Imperative of the 21st Century

SEMINAR OVERVIEW

Leaders today face challenges that have always existed but also challenges that are new, dynamic, complex, and cannot be ignored. This seminar will systematically examine today’s leadership environment to determine what’s new and what’s not. The instructors will share experiences from the highest levels of government and business to illuminate these challenges and to propose leadership principles for addressing them. In addition, the seminar will provide participants with opportunities to practice the application of these principles through customizable exercises and group experiences. Participants will walk away not only with a stronger understanding of the current and future environment, but with the practical skills necessary for grappling with the implications of leading in our rapidly evolving world.

The environment in which we now lead. In the first part of this session we will discuss changes in the leadership environment. We will discuss the distinction between complex and complicated, the accessibility and speed of information, the vulnerability of facts, the influence of digital echoes on both leaders and followers and the competition for trust and confidence in which leaders now find themselves. 

The enduring leadership principles. In the second part of this session, drawing on examples from both the instructors’ experiences and current events, we will draw out three enduring and important leadership principles: Give Them Memories(Belonging), Make it Matter (Meaning), and Learn to Imagine(Learning from Weak Signals).

The emerging leadership principles. Once again drawing upon both experience and current events, we will draw out three emerging and increasingly important leadership principles: Develop a Bias for Action, Empower Subordinates to Co-Create Context, Understand How to Relinquish Control to Preserve Power. We will discuss how these principles must be supported by certain leadership instincts including Listen, Amplify, and Include. We will conclude this session with a discussion of the concept of Radical Inclusion and why it is the necessary pragmatic leadership response to change, complexity, speed, accessibility, and affordability.  

EXERCISES

  • The Ace: Demonstrating the unseen challenges of being a leader
  • 5 for 25: Quickly finding solutions and fostering innovation from the edges of the network
  • Break-Outs: Developing tangible next steps to solve a real problem
  • The Fish Bowl: An inclusive, facilitated conversation with instructors and participants
  • Role Playing: Seeking presidential decision on Afghanistan troop levels
  • Role Playing: Implementing SECDEF directive on women in service

LENGTH

This customizable seminar can be delivered in half-day, full-day, or two-day versions for groups of any size with an option to kick-off the event with a dinner, moderated discussion, and Q&A session with the instructors the night prior to the event.

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