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Companies today are
struggling to maintain morale while doing more with work with fewer monetary
and human resources. This isn't an easy task. Preparing for and completing a
marathon is the perfect backdrop for examining the problems, risks, and
challenges faced by today’s business leaders. While all certified marathons are
the same distance, the dangers, terrain, altitude, and weather offer unique and
varying challenges and risks. However, you quickly learn that hills build
Whether you’re in a high
pressured meeting or encountering predators on Kenya’s high attitude Lewa
SafriCom Marathon course, you must be a fast thinker. You won’t have the luxury
to conduct research on the internet, call a consultant, or read a book. You
must be able to react quickly to make critical decisions with limited information.
The manager should weigh the advantages of a short term sprint with finishing
in the long run. You must become a marathoner, who successfully uses their
knowledge to mentally and physically push towards new limits.
A cheetah on the Kenyan
athletes and business managers exhibit the same characteristics to thrive. They
manage change by taking calculated risks and gradually expanding their comfort
zones. This is how a miler becomes a marathoner and an individual contributor
becomes a successful manager. They must incorporate change, manage risk, and
motivate people to go up hill at a time when they want to quit. All of this
must be achieved in a stressful, challenging business environment.
The presenter implemented
a $12 million project for $2.6 million. He shares his experiences as a
corporate executive and finisher of over one hundred 26.2-mile marathons to
show you methods to lead people using marathon techniques and strategies. He’s
is also one of fewer than 300 people in the world to have completed a marathon
on all seven continents, including Antarctica.
learn how to
Motivate yourself and your team
members without a budget.
Manage the negative, victim mentality.
Embrace fear and risk to move
outside your comfort zone.
Develop leaders and staff
Mr. Reed is
an IT professional with over twenty-five years in management and executive
positions for various Fortune 500 companies, governmental entities, and large
consulting firms. Some of the firms included Texas Instruments, Siemens, Motel
6, Ernst & Young, Dallas/Ft. Worth International Airport, and the Federal
Reserve Bank of Dallas. The responsibilities included managing multi-million
dollar departmental budgets and staffing blends of international,
multi-generational, multi-cultural employees and consultants.
interviewed on television, radio, and webcast programs and featured in the
business, travel, and sports sections of major newspapers and publications
across the country. This includes the PMI
Today, Dallas Morning News,
Runner’s World, Southern Living, Ebony, and the Journal of Accountancy.
He holds two
graduate degrees and two undergraduate degrees. He’s also taught collegiate
business management, IT, accounting, and project management courses. He’s
served on the Board of Directors for the Oracle Applications Users Group
(OAUG), Ft. Worth’s Jubilee Theatre, the Dallas White Rock Marathon, and
various local and international not-for-profit organizations.
He has spoken
at over 100 national and international business, leadership, project
management, accounting, and IT conferences. He has five books and over fifty
articles published. The articles have appeared in ComputerWorld, Datamation,
Career Focus, and Runner’s World magazines. His book, entitled Finding
the I in TEAM: Better Team Building Through Individual Building, focuses on
building stronger team members. His latest book is Running to Leadership:
What Finishing 100+ Marathons On All Seven Continents Teaches Us About Success.
As a Certified Running Coach, he completed 125 marathons (26.2
miles/42.2K). He’s one of about 50 people in the world, who completed the
marathon hat trick. He completed (1) over 100 marathons on (2) all seven
continents and (3) in 50 States. This included the frigid Antarctica, Kenya’s
dangerous Lewa SafriCom, and China’s Great Wall Marathons. (By comparison, over
2,500 people have reached Mt. Everest’s summit, including over 500 in one
year.) Subsequently, his journeys were chronicled in his book, Running Shoes
Are Cheaper Than Insulin: Marathon Adventures On All Seven Continents.