Day Of Surprises

Today’s inaugural session of leadership, change, and the 1811 Battle of Tippecanoe was full of surprises. Good surprises. I felt as I prepared the material for my client that one thing after another struck me as rather startling. I knew it would get the same reaction from the 100+ participants. I was right.

I won’t divulge all of the surprises but I will offer out one to give you a flavor. Both William Henry Harrison and Tenskwatawa confront the issue of unity in change. How important is it for a leader and his or her followers to be unified in pursuing or dealing with change? Both of these leaders work hard to maintain unity, including making some decisions that proved to be gigantic in relation to the outcome.

Unity. Change. Leadership. What price will you pay for it? How far will you go to maintain it? When is the cost too high? What’s been your approach to this issue thus far?

As I said, the surprises unfolded.