CEOs Experience First-hand What it Was Like to be a Military Leader at the Battle of Gettysburg, and How Those Lessons Translate to Running a Business Today

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Ed Ruggero’s Gettysburg Leadership Experience Kicks Off 2015 Season

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“There are some things you just can’t learn in a seminar or sitting in a conference room,” Ruggero said. “People learn better, and remember more, when they can live the experience.”

What can today’s business leaders learn from military leaders in 1863? A whole lot, according to military historian and entrepreneur Ed Ruggero.

A former Army officer who has studied, practiced and taught leadership for more than 25 years, Ruggero brings business leaders and their team to the Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, Pa. to experience an immersive training experience like no other. Through on-the-ground study of the challenges that faced commanders in the largest battle ever fought in North America, participants discover timeless lessons of leadership and gain a lasting understanding of teambuilding, morale, and courage; effective communication; dealing with ambiguity; and turning strategy into execution.

“Reading about great leaders like Colonel Joshua Chamberlain is instructive, but standing on Little Round Top and listening to Ed weave the story of Chamberlain's creativity and courage was riveting and intense,” said Roger Crandall, CEO of MassMutual Financial Group. “My senior leadership team has brought that intensity back to the office where they're tackling our business and leadership challenges with fresh ideas and energy.”

During the two-day visit to Gettysburg, participants walk the battlefield while Ruggero vividly describes actual scenarios and situations that military leaders faced more than 150 years ago. He cites examples of situations where young leaders needed to make quick decisions with life or death consequences, often with very little information. Through these experiences, Ruggero identifies principles of leadership that give today’s leaders insight into how they want to lead their own organization.

Ruggero adds that every participant will take away practical, usable lessons that will benefit their organization from the very first day.

“Our team left with a heightened sense of self-awareness, energy and commitment for taking our individual and collective game to the next level,” said Brad Smith, CEO of Intuit.

“There are some things you just can’t learn in a seminar or sitting in a conference room,” Ruggero said. “People learn better, and remember more, when they can live the experience.”

Past participants of Ed Ruggero’s Gettysburg Leadership Experience include MassMutual Financial Group, Intuit, SimplexGrinnell, Allied Minerals, and NextGear Capital, among others.

About Ed Ruggero’s Gettysburg Leadership Experience
Ed Ruggero’s Gettysburg Leadership Experience brings CEOs and their team to the Civil War battlefield in Gettysburg, Pa. to for an immersive training experience like no other. Through on-the-ground study of the challenges that faced commanders in the largest battle ever fought in North America, participants discover timeless lessons of leadership and gain a lasting understanding of teambuilding, morale, and courage; effective communication; dealing with ambiguity; and turning strategy into execution. For more information, visit http://www.EdRuggero.com.

About Ed Ruggero
Ed Ruggero has studied, practiced, and taught leadership for more than twenty-five years, helping organizations develop the kinds of leaders people want to follow. His client list includes the FBI, the New York City Police Department, CEO Conference Europe, the CIA, the Young Presidents Organization, Forbes, the SAS Institute, Hugo Boss USA, CitiFinancial, and Time, among many others. He has appeared on CNN, The History Channel, the Discovery Channel, CNBC and Fox and has spoken to audiences around the world on leadership, leader development and ethics. Ed is a senior advisor to McKinsey & Company and has been a panelist for The Washington Post’s On Leadership series. He also has been a guest speaker at Harvard Business School and the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School of Business.

Ed is the author of eleven books, including Duty First: West Point and the Making of American Leaders, a study of leader development at the US Military Academy; and Combat Jump: The Young Men Who Led the Assault Into Fortress Europe, July 1943, which became a one-hour docu-drama on The History Channel. Ed is also the co-author of The Leader’s Compass, a fictional story of how one leader developed a personal leadership philosophy. His most recent book is The First Men In: US Paratroopers and the Fight to Save D-Day.

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