Leadership Lessons From Some of the World’s Toughest Marathons

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Event Date
Start At : Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 7:00pm
End At : Tuesday, November 16, 2010 - 9:00pm

Leadership Lessons From Some of the World’s Toughest Marathons


Anthony Reed

Location and Cost


5:30 PM - PM Tools
6:00 PM - Cash Bar & Networking
6:15 PM - New Member Meet & Greet
7:00 PM - Dinner
8:00 PM - Guest Speaker
9:00 PM - Adjourn


Sheraton Premiere at
Tysons Corner
8661 Leesburg Pike, Vienna, VA


Corporate table for 10: $500
Chapter Members: $45
Non-members: $55
Walkins: $60

About the Program:

Leadership Lessons From Some of the World’s Toughest Marathons

Preparing for and completing a marathon is the perfect backdrop for examining the problems 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. However, you quickly learn that hills build character.
  • The 3,600 steps of the Great Wall of China Marathon relate to a 3,600-task project schedule.
  • Dealing with predators on Kenya’s Lewa SafriCom Marathon course was like managing risks on international, multi-million dollar projects.
  • Setting realistic project goals is like running in the fridge Antarctica Marathon.
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.

Successful endurance 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 shares his experiences as a 25-year, corporate executive and finisher of over 100 26.2-mile marathons to show you methods to lead people using marathon techniques and strategies. The presenter is also one of fewer than 300 people in the world to have completed a marathon on all seven continents, including Antarctica.

You’ll learn how to:
  • Motivate yourself and your team members without a budget.
  • Manage stress.
  • Manage the negative, victim mentality.
  • Embrace fear and risk to move outside your comfort zone.
  • Develop leaders and staff members.
  • Build trust.

About the Speaker:

Anthony ReedAnthony Reed

Mr. Reed is an IT professional with twenty-five years in management and executive positions for various Fortune 500 companies, governmental entities, and large consulting firms. The responsibilities included managing multi-million dollar departmental budgets and staffing blends of international, multi-generational, multi-cultural employees and consultants.

He’s been interviewed on radio and webcast programs and featured in the business, travel, and sports sections of major newspapers and publications across the country. This includes the 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 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 national and international business conferences. He has four books and over 50 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.

He’s completed over one hundred 26.2-mile marathons around the world and in thirty States. This included the fridge Antarctica, Kenya’s dangerous Lewa SafriCom, and China’s Great Wall Marathons. In completing marathons on all 7 continents, he made history by becoming the first Black in the world to accomplish this feat. Fewer than 225 people in the world had achieved this goal. (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 and he was featured in the May, 2009 edition of Ebony.

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