Ginnett in the business of developing leads

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* Name: Robert Ginnett

* Organization: Center for Creative Leadership

* Position: Senior Fellow

* Hometown: Camp Springs, Md.

* How long have you lived in Colorado Springs: Since March 1980.

* Education: Too much.

BA, Psychology, University of Maryland; MBA, University of Utah; MA, Organizational Behavior, Yale University; M.Phil. Organizational Behavior, Yale University; Ph.D. Organizational Behavior, Yale University

* A few words about your company: The Center for Creative Leadership is a nonprofit educational institution that serves as an international resource for increasing the leadership capabilities of individuals and organizations from across the public, private and nonprofit sectors. Our mission is to advance the understanding, practice and development of leadership for the benefit of society worldwide.

* Recent accomplishments: Just finished writing the fifth edition of our best-selling leadership textbook, “Leadership: Enhancing the Lessons of Experience,” along with Rich Hughes and Gordy Curphy.

* Biggest career break: While in the Air Force, I was selected for a fully-funded doctoral scholarship program and I was fortunate enough to be accepted at Yale University. That opportunity completely changed my career path.

* The toughest part of your job: Meeting multiple demands within our own organization while trying to satisfy client needs. I don’t like saying no but managing my schedule is a challenge.

* Someone you admire: Here are a few:

I admire the mind and the perseverance to overcome physical adversity of Stephen Hawking. I admire the ability to create your own dream and build a better world of Millard Fuller. I admire the military, the firefighters and the police who risk their lives to protect ours. And I admire school teachers who work much more than their pay checks reflect to build the future.

* About your family: I married someone who has been able to put up with me, my travels, and my out-of-the-envelope thinking, and that was 33 years ago. Sherry is a teacher at Douglas Valley Elementary. My daughter, Laura is a CSU grad working as a case manager for S-CAP and I have a son, Brad, who is almost a CSU grad, is fully employed as a UPS driver, and aspires to be a professional fireman.

* Something else you’d like to accomplish: I’d like to write a book on leading teams for practitioners. I’d like to renew my pilot’s license. I’d like to spend a week riding around Colorado on my motorcycle, and I’d like to revisit Vietnam after more than 30 years and under very different circumstances.

* How your business will change in the next decade: The two biggest changes will involve global expansion and increased use of technology in leadership development.

* What book are you currently reading? “Unstuck” by Yamashita & Spataro, “Best American Science Writing 2003″ and a couple of novels by Brian Haig and Vince Flynn.

* What is the one thing you would change about Colorado Springs? The infrastructure, particularly the highway system. We have really missed the boat here somehow. I was recently in Little Rock, Ark., which Little Rock has a city limits population of only 184,000 but if you include the Little Rock SMSA, it’s about 580,000 making it roughly the same population as Colorado Springs. They have at least five major interstate highways with more than four lanes, an interstate beltway and multiple cross-town highways. We really need leadership to get on this problem or we’ll be playing catch-up for the next three decades.