Values Seminars

Quotes from past participants

Attendees at the seminars were asked to do about 30 hours of advance reading. Good To Great by Jim Collins provided important background. He emphasizes the importance of having the right people, constancy of purpose, rigorous acknowledgement of uncomfortable truths, and highly disciplined decision making.

Discussion of strategy is conspicuously absent from this book, as it is from Collins’s work. Strategy is important, but a good strategy will be poorly executed in an organization with a weak or fractious culture. That is why values are key to senior leadership roles in creation, management, and execution. That set the stage for a Socratic exploration of questions that arose from the texts. Participants benefited as much from hearing each other as listening to the moderator.

Here is some of the feedback we received.

Main lesson was just how critically central a strong values-based foundation is and how it can act as a real beacon in those spotlight moments.
An excellent use of my limited time. I felt like the learning was quite profound, useful and left me desiring more.
Bill taught without ego and with genuine passion to pass along his experiences (good & bad) to others. His style was surprising and appreciated.
‘Paper walls’ is such a strong and easily applicable concept. We spend so much time focusing on the immediate problem that we lose sight of our role.
I sincerely feel that this session was one of the best growths and development opportunities I have ever had.
The readings were very different from what you would find in a typical management style textbook. They really tackled the topic from a range of perspectives and brought things to life. They forced me to think about leadership from a range of views.
Phenomenal session. I will certainly recommend to colleagues as this allows every participant to take their game to the next level.
I will pay the seminar the highest praise there is – It changed the way I lead!
A book cannot replicate the seminar experience but can nevertheless be helpful.

Lead With Values includes some of the most important readings, in some cases heavily condensed. There are stories that examine organizations performing badly or well. The rest are from classical authors including Victor Hugo, Machiavelli, Dostoevsky, and Plato. We use these texts because they bring to life issues not usually talked about in leadership books or programs.