- Overcoming Obstacles and Challenges
- Change Management
- Inspiring Lives
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- Board Meetings and Executive Briefings
- Colleges and Universities
- Senior Management Groups
Providing historical insights into current realities, Koehn helps leaders navigate the non-stop turbulence of the business landscape, and inspires organizations and individuals to become more resilient, more courageous, and more effective in pursuit of their mission.
Nancy Koehn is a celebrated historian at the Harvard Business School where she holds the James E. Robison chair of Business Administration. Koehn's research focuses on how great leaders enable their people, crafting lives of purpose, worth, resilience, and impact.
Her 2017 book, Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times is a Wall Street Journal bestseller – a gripping historical narrative filled with critical leadership insights of interest to a wide range of audiences—including those in government, healthcare, public safety, business, education, and the arts.
A dynamic presenter, Koehn has delivered addresses at the prestigious World Economic Forum in Davos and the Aspen ideas Festival, among other venues. And audiences around the world have responded to her vision for leadership a time when crucial skills are needed at organizations to manage change and help employees perform at their best.
Koehn has long been passionate about identifying key leadership traits to improve the business world. She is the author of numerous books, articles, and Harvard Business School case studies and she writes for The New York Times, The Washington Post, and the Harvard Business Review Online. She is also a weekly commentator on National Public Radio and has appeared on many national television programs.
A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Stanford University, Koehn earned a Master of Public Policy from Harvard's Kennedy School of Government before taking her MA and PhD in History from Harvard. She lives outside Boston and is a dedicated equestrian.
Nancy Koehn on Managing Failure
How Great Leaders Develop Their Grit
Five Leadership Lessons from FORGED IN CRISIS
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How to Lead Courageously During a Crisis
As the world grapples with the fear and uncertainty associated with the COVID-19 global pandemic, it also offers a rare opportunity for business leaders to rise to the challenge. Organizations need strong and inspiring leadership to help teams navigate these turbulent and unpredictable times.
In this session you will learn how to:
- Lead with transparency and honesty
- Establish a routine to create order
- Integrate recovery periods and tools for releasing fear
- Prepare a long-term plan to deal with the waves of the crisis
- Communicate strategically by incorporating learnings and collective purpose
Why You Should Book Nancy Koehn For Your Event
In an era when change is constant and proactive leadership is needed to navigate the threats of technological, environmental and political disruption, Nancy Koehn will provide your event with the kind of historical perspective that will make your leaders smarter, more self-aware, and better able to manage the stress and challenges of the 21st century. If you’re a company or organization going through change or organizational transformation, she will help you illuminate the path forward with best practices that will stay with you for a lifetime.
- Leadership challenges: managing stress, setting a vision, engaging employees, accountability, change management
- Organizational transformation
- Technological, environmental, political disruption
- Best leadership practices throughout history
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