Episode 27 – Lewis & Clark with Jeff Ton (Part I)
On today’s episode, we explore one of the most amazing stories in the exploration of the American West. In 1805, Meriwether Lewis & William Clark lead a small military expedition up the Missouri River to discover a water-passage across North American. Along the way they invited a young native woman and mother, Sacagawea, to be their interpreter. Each night they wrote in the journals, accumulating over a million words, describing their encounters and adventures along the way. The expedition successfully explored the Missouri River, crossed over the Rocky Mountains, floated down the Columbia River to the Pacific Ocean, and returned safely.
I’ve invited Jeff Ton, an expert on the expedition, to join me in pulling out the leadership lessons we can learn from the Lewis & Clark Expedition. We covered so much ground so this episode is divided into Parts I and II.
What You’ll Learn:
- The importance of setting a clear vision for an organization or project, and following through
- Why the quality of the people on your team is so important, and how to select them
- The importance of setting clear expectations and clearly communicating the values of your organization
- The role that feedback and accountability play in creating a team culture
- The importance of having a diverse team and building a culture of inclusion
Books & Resources
- Undaunted Courage by Stephen Ambrose
- The Journals of Lewis & Clark edited by Bernard DeVoto
- Leadership Lessons of Lewis & Clark by Sean P. Murray
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