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2018

Gregg’s 2nd Book Re-released

historical timeline professional journey - the repectful leader 2nd release book coverThe Respectful Leader: Seven Ways to Influence Without Intimidation, which has already become a best-seller on Amazon in the Business & Leadership Category, is updated, revised and re-released in a new paperback edition.

The Respectful Leader Wins Gold Medal

historical timeline professional journey - Axiom Business Book AwardThe Respectful Leader wins a Gold Medal in the “Business Fable Category” from the prestigious Axiom Business Books Awards program, joining the ranks of some of the world’s best business books including That’s Not How We Do It Here! by Harvard University Professor John Kotter.
2016

New Book | The Respectful Leader.

historical timeline professional journey  - gregg ward at book signing for The Respectful LeaderThe Respectful Leader: Seven Ways to Influence Without Intimidation. A Business Fable. is published by John Wiley & Sons and selected as an Editors’ Pick for the Top Ten Business and Leadership Books in Amazon’s Best Books of the Month. It tells the story of a brash, young CEO named Des Hogan who inherits a company teetering on the brink of bankruptcy, filled with silos, disrespect and political gamesmanship. Desperate for a solution, Des encounters a self-described “little old lady,” named Grace, a no-nonsense yet highly respectful employee who works in the maintenance department. With Grace’s help through trial and error and against tough odds, Des saves his failing company by creating a respectful culture and by becoming the Respectful Leader.
2014

Book Acquisition | Bad Behavior, People Problems, and Sticky Situations.

historical timeline professional journey - The Bad Behavior, People Problems and Sticky Situations book cover on blue backgroundThe publishing company Indie Books International offers to bring out a revised and updated version of Ward’s first book, Bad Behavior, People Problems & Sticky Situations: A Toolbook for Managers and Team Leaders. The book is now available for e-readers and in paperback through a wide range of global outlets.
2011

Joining a Global Business Movement.

Ward develops his C.O.R.Concept™ around respect and respectful leadership into keynote speeches and interactive seminars and begins delivering powerful and compelling interactive presentations throughout North America and Western Europe. Ward is joined by many thought leaders such as Nobel Prize Winner Muhammad Yunus, and prominent business leaders like John Mackey, the CEO of Whole Foods, and consultants like Rajendra S. Sisodia, author of “Firms of Endearment,” and Bob-“The Go-Giver”-Burg, who are seeing respect, respectful leadership, inclusive cultures, Conscious Capitalism and “for benefit” companies as part of a global movement that is fundamentally changing the way the world does business.

2006

Best Training Ever.

gregg with actors doing live theater trainingThe firm has developed an international reputation as top experts in the use of their signature learning and development tools. Clients consistently report that Ward’s firm provides “the best training” they’d ever experienced; with most saying that it was “highly impactful and memorable.” The firm garners significant praise and write-ups in major newspapers like The Wall Street Journal and online at SHRM.org and DiversityInc.

2002

First Book Published.

The Bad Behavior, People Problems and Sticky Situations book coverWard authors his first book, Bad Behavior, People Problems & Sticky Situations: A Toolbook for Managers and Team Leaders which quickly becomes a must-read within the professional management, human resources and corporate training communities. The book has sold more than 25,000 copies to date.

1998

Ward Facilitates Global Merger.

price waterhouse coopers logoWard is invited back to London to personally facilitate the merger of the IT divisions of Price Waterhouse and Coopers & Lybrand. Both teams report Ward was “instrumental” in developing a strategic IT merger plan designed to ensure a smooth transition.

1997

New West Coast Team.

Ward transfers to Southern California to assemble a second team of professional facilitators, subject matter experts, and specialist actors under the umbrella organization Orlando-Ward & Associates. The firm quickly wins clients like Nissan Motor Corporation, Colliers International, Lee Hecht Harrison, Qualcomm and Warner Bros. Studios, and begins delivering diversity and inclusion, leadership, change and prevention of workplace harassment programs throughout the US.

1995

Ward Serves As Global Consultant to Price Waterhouse LLP.

price waterhouse coopers logoMark Lutcheon, the CIO of the global accounting firm, Price Waterhouse LLP, contracts Ward and his team of professional actors over a two year period to help drive a global IT change initiative. Lutcheon remarks “I can truly say they proved invaluable in helping us open the door to major organizational change – far faster than I ever thought possible.”

1993

Return to the United States.

Man and woman acting out rolesWard returns to New York and is again offered an opportunity to put his concepts and techniques into practice. Plays for Living, Inc. – the award-winning training company for which he works – receives a commission to create a groundbreaking training program on workplace diversity and inclusion. It features Ward’s signature learning and development techniques. Within a few months, clients like American Express, Price Waterhouse and McGraw-Hill have booked it.

1991

The Idea Grows.

doctor and two administratorsWhile in Europe, Ward is introduced to the powerful business concepts of Emotional Intelligence, Leveraging Diversity, and Servant Leadership. He is also able to closely study the complex interplay between leadership and co-workers in stressful situations, enabling him to build on his ideas around respect and respectful leadership.

1990

Ward Wins Fringe First Award.

gregg at 30Ward’s professional touring theater company The American Connexion, develops a comedy/thriller called Boardroom Shuffle for the Edinburgh International Fringe Festival and promptly wins critical acclaim and a prestigious “Fringe First” Award. The show transfers to London in 1991 for three months.

1989

Berlin Wall Falls.

piece of the Berlin WallWard is assigned to cover the fall of the Berlin Wall by BBC Radio and other UK media. While interviewing both East and West Berliners, Ward picks up a small piece of “the wall.” He still carries it with him wherever he goes as a reminder of how the world keeps changing and the need to change right along with it.

1988

Transfer to Britain.

Gregg Ward working as a journalist in EuropeWard transfers to the United Kingdom and continues to develop his interactive training techniques by replicating his NYPD work for the Police College at Bramshill and by creating a powerful interactive simulation for executives with Royal Dutch Shell. Ward also begins working as a journalist and correspondent on assignment throughout Europe for The BBC, Scotland on Sunday, The Times of London, and other UK media. He co-founds a professional touring theater company called “The American Connexion.”

1986

Seeds of an Idea.

While working with police officers and their supervisors, Ward develops the seeds of an idea around the value of respect and respectful leadership – concepts that are now part of a global business movement.

1985

An Unexpected Invitation.

While working in New York, Ward receives an unexpected invitation that changes his life. The NYPD asks Ward to help create a new type of training program – one that relied on his skills in professional theater performance, interactive facilitation and experiential learning – to teach police officers how to work with a diverse public. The program is a huge success; top brass call it the “future of police training,” and CNN features it in a special report.

1982

A Theater Professional.

Gregg Ward acting in man & supermanAfter graduating from Boston University’s College of Fine Arts, Gregg Ward begins working as a theater professional with performances and directing assignments in New York City, Boston, Cincinnati and Iowa. Companies he works with include The Roundabout Theater, Cambridge Center for the Arts, The 13th Street Repertory Company, The Boston Arts Center, The Cincinnati Playhouse, The American Shaw Festival, The Mount Gretna Playhouse and many more.

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