Masters of Competition℠

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Program Overview

The generals of ancient Greece personified many of the leadership qualities today’s top businesses seek in their executives; truly, they were “Masters of Competition.” In today’s fast-paced business environment, it is difficult for executives to carve out the time to study the classics to soak up their timeless leadership lessons. Our Masters of Competition program provides today’s busy executive with the opportunity to get a jump start on the subject, and expand their imagination through the study of history.

Meet the Masters

One Day Course Overview

The one-day seminar teaches participants how to stimulate self-reflexive deliberation on grand strategy at the leadership level. Grand strategy is a neglected way of thinking, but it is crucial for leaders who want to master the competition.

Eight case studies, “The Eight Essentials of Estimative Intelligence,” train participants to think with foresight, preparation, crisis management skills, and an ability to learn from history.

By strategically assessing situations from the standpoint of grand strategy, participants will be able to envision and multiply the possibilities for leading their teams to an optimal outcome.

Two Day Course Overview

The two-day workshop follows the same plan as the one-day. However, it adds nine more hours of discussion about two key themes in Plutarch: “The Mutability of Fortune” and “Character is Destiny.”

Wealth, prosperity, conflict, victory, and a lasting legacy — what would wisdom about such things be? Wars, expeditions, the rise and fall of empires — why are these grand events from the fourth and fifth centuries (BCE) still relevant today? What lessons from the past are applicable to today’s competitive business environment?

This second day is also available as a follow-up to the one-day workshop, and does not have to be offered on the very next day.

Dr. Chris Morrissey

Dr. Chris Morrissey serves as lead educator for our Masters of Competition program. Now a Fellow of the Adler-Aquinas Leadership Institute, university lecturer in the classics, and Managing Editor of The American Journal of Semiotics, Chris cut his teeth in the business world as owner/operator of a successful technology consulting firm serving “Wall Street,” writing custom database software for investment dealers and money-market traders. He earned his Ph.D. from Simon Fraser University in Burnaby, British Columbia. He is also an Associate Member of the Inklings Institute of Canada. His translation of Hesiod’s ancient Greek poetry, Hesiod: Theogony / Works and Days, has been published by Talonbooks.

Course Materials

Pre-Training SurveyPre-Training ReadingParticipant WorkbookInteractive Polling
Remote ParticipantsVideo VignettesCustom ScenariosPost-Training Tools