Former Commander, USS Benfold and Author, It’s Your Ship
When Mike Abrashoff took command of the USS Benfold, morale was low, turnover was high and the ship’s performance ranked near the bottom of the Pacific Fleet. Just twelve months later Benfold was ranked #1 – using the very same crew. The lesson was clear – leadership matters and culture is everything. This inspiring talk is for every individual and organization looking for practical and usable ways to take organizational performance to new heights. In Mike’s case, he realized that before the ship’s performance could change, he had to change his leadership style. Mike worked to create a culture of trust and empower his crew to take charge and use ingenuity and initiative to improve every aspect of the way things were done. Top down leadership is dead, so when the crew would present a problem, Mike became famous for responding “What would YOU do? It’s YOUR ship!” Mike’s presentation leaves audiences with the tools and inspiration to accomplish big goals.
Senior Editor-at-Large, Fortune and Bestselling Author;
Arming Leaders to Confront Disruption Change and Win
As business leaders face their biggest challenge ever, Geoff Colvin arms audiences with insights to help them lead their organizations into the future. He connects the dots to provide an unparalleled update on the economic, political, technological, and competitive forces driving business disruption – and opportunity. Geoff has an important message for business leaders gleaned from 40 years at Fortune: the companies who win most often have leaders who summon the courage to act in spite of great uncertainty. Those leaders stopped protecting the past and started inventing the future – and they did it faster than the competition. Geoff reveals how the most successful leaders are confronting and adapting to this business environment right now. Winning in business today demands extraordinary leadership acting on the best intelligence it can find. Geoff provides valuable insights wrapped in a message that is optimistic and energizing: Opportunity is more widely available than ever, he says, and someone is going to win – why shouldn’t it be you?
First Woman Thunderbird Pilot, Combat Veteran, Fighter Squadron; Commander, White House Fellow & Adviser, and Indomitable Spirit
In flying, headwinds slow you down. At their worst, they cause you to change your plans and impact the effectiveness of weapons in combat. Headwinds demand that pilots be resilient and resourceful, literally on the fly. “Headwinds are the perfect metaphor for the change impacting organizations and individuals today,” says 21-year Air Force veteran Nicole Malachowski. A former fighter squadron commander and mission-ready pilot in three operational fighter squadrons and the first woman to fly on the Air Force Thunderbirds, Nicole has the perfect message to inspire audiences to think differently about the headwinds of change they face – organizationally and personally. Drawing on her extraordinary Air Force career, Nicole offers lessons on leadership, followership, and overcoming adversity. She weaves storytelling with breathtaking video from the cockpit of her jet as the Thunderbirds execute precision turns, rolls, and loops – all just 36” from one another at 400 mph and just 300 feet off the ground. Nicole’s keynote helps audiences ignite their own indomitable spirit in order to succeed far beyond what they might dream. “Failure isn’t fatal,” she says, “it’s the price of entry if you want to achieve something great.”