AFFIRM Book Club -- Forged in Crisis

Thursday, August 13, 2020  |  12:00 PM-1:00 PM

AFFIRM Book Club -- Forged in Crisis

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

VIRTUAL EVENTS

Registration

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Sustaining Partner

$0

Industry Non-Member

$15

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$0

Press

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Description

How many times have we heard that we are living through unprecedented times? COVID-19 has put unique and extraordinary challenges on government -- and on government workers. Wouldn't it be amazing if we could tap Abraham Lincoln's leadership lessons from the Civil War? Legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass escaped from slavery to become a national leader of the abolitionist movement. How did he come to be a transformational leader? 

The AFFIRM Book Club offers a unique opportunity to tap some of the leadership lessons of people who faced unprecedented challenges. The book we will be discussing is Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times by Nancy Koehn, a professor at the Harvard Business School. The book profiles five significant but disparate figures in history -- and looks at the leadership lessons we can pull from each of their against-all-odds journeys. And we will learn that leaders are not born -- they are made. 

We are lucky to have Prof. Koehn join us for the discussion — along with a panel of government executives — as we discuss the challenges that government faces today and how we can apply these leadership lessons to the world today. We invite your insights and questions during the discussion.

About the Author

Nancy Koehn is a historian at the Harvard Business School where she holds the James E. Robison chair of Business Administration. Koehn’s research focuses on how leaders, past and present, craft lives of purpose, worth, and impact.

Her latest book, Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times is an enthralling historical narrative filled with critical leadership insights that will be of interest to a wide range of readers—including those in government, business, education, and the arts. Forged in Crisis spotlights five masters of crisis: polar explorer Ernest Shackleton; President Abraham Lincoln; legendary abolitionist Frederick Douglass; Nazi-resisting clergyman Dietrich Bonhoeffer; and environmental crusader Rachel Carson.

Author
Forged in Crisis: The Power of Courageous Leadership in Turbulent Times
Nancy Koehn is a historian at the Harvard Business School where she holds the James E. Robison chair...(read more)

Panelists

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Office of the State Superintendent of Education (OSSE), Government of the District of Columbia
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GovLoop's DorobekINSIDER
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