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Critical Decision Points:
Thinking and Acting During a Time of Crisis

Recording Date: September 28, 2011
Price: Free

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A good leader has the ability to make the right decisions during a crisis and perform their best in challenging circumstances.  A great leader has the ability to help everyone in an organization make the right decisions and flourish during crisis and sustained stress.

This webcast explores the key elements of how to build a resilient thought-based organization that uses critical thinking to assess situations and act swiftly.

In a conversation with Ed Reilly, CEO of the American Management Association, Col. David Bellon of the United States Marine Corps Reserve will share leadership lessons he has learned while leading Marine units in combat zones during four tours of duty in Iraq and Afghanistan.

What You Will Learn

In this enlightening session, you’ll hear how a strong organizational culture was successfully created and how an entire unit was trained and prepared to proactively think and respond in a rapidly changing, often ambiguous, high risk environment.

Attend this webcast to learn:

  • Key cultural qualities associated with success
  • How to build the right culture
  • Leadership qualities needed to create success
  • How to develop proactive, critical thinking leaders across an organization

Bellon will share a heroic and heart-warming story of how Marines in his battalion task force saved the life of a little girl, Amenah, by thinking through problems and tackling challenges.

While attending this program is FREE, reservations are required.

About the Presenters

Dave Bellon is a colonel in the U.S Marine Corps Reserve. Since 9/11, he has served four times for service in Iraq and Afghanistan. He directly participated in the initial invasion of Iraq as well as both battles for Fallujah. On his final tour, he commanded a 1,500 man battalion task force operating in the Central Euphrates River Valley. After returning from Iraq in 2008, he received a masters in Strategic Studies at the Naval War College. He then deployed to Afghanistan where he ended up serving as the chief of operations in southern Afghanistan.

Ed Reilly is president and CEO of American Management Association, a leading global not-for-profit, membership-based management development, research and publishing organization. Reilly previously served as president and chief executive officer of Big Flower Holdings, Inc. Prior to that, he spent over 25 years in a variety of senior executive positions with the broadcast and book publishing groups of The McGraw-Hill Companies. In addition he is the editor of AMA Business Boot Camp: Management and Leadership Fundamentals That Will See You Successfully Through Your Career


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