Leadership When It Matters Most
How do small teams react effectively under extreme duress? What can we learn from effective teams of committed individuals and apply to ordinary situations where leadership matters? This talk focuses on five lessons from the Marine Corps and humanitarian work peace building in one of the world's largest shanty towns. Barcott guides his audience on how they can more effectively lead and make an impact when the going gets tough.
Spark Charge from Within: A Guide for Students
“Many Americans go to the developing world to serve others. A smaller percentage end up being useful,” New York Times columnist David Brooks opined in his column, “The Rugged Altruists.” What differentiates successful social enterprises at home or abroad? As inspiring as it is informative, this presentation reveals the framework of participatory development, focuses on practical lessons learned, and motivates audiences on their own quests to make a difference in the world. Barcott wrote his book It Happened on the Way to War specifically for students and has presented to more than 100 schools during first year reading programs, commencements, and other featured presentations.
Spark Change from Within: A “How-To” for the Healthcare Industry
Specifically designed for healthcare professionals, this presentation focuses on applying the model of participatory development to effect better health outcomes at home and abroad. It examines the motivational story of Tabitha Festo, a widowed nurse and mother of three who started a clinic with a grant for $26 in 2000. The Tabitha Clinic is now the base of the largest program the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention operates in informal settlements worldwide. This motivational talk focuses on the model of participatory development and how effective, sustainable change is led from within communities, not imposed from the top down.
Starting and Sustaining
It’s relatively easy to start something. The beginning is often exhilarating. It’s the stuff books are made of. But the hardest parts often come in sustaining, building, and growing over years. This talk draws on Barcott’s experiences co-founding a company, a non-profit, and an investment team within a large company. It mixes funny anecdotes with inspiring stories of teams and individuals persevering through tough times to accomplish missions, then re-invent themselves toward new goals while often sticking together as teams. It is a motivational talk that gives audiences ideas for how they can be more effective at starting and sustaining new initiatives, whether they are inside a large organization or creating a new one.