From War Room to Corporate Offices: Boot Camp Experience Uses Military Philosophy to Teach Leadership Success - Program Comes to Annapolis Nov. 2-4

Oct 18, 2010, 10:00 ET from Leadership Boot Camp Experience

ANNAPOLIS, Md., Oct. 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Running a company amid the current economic strife can feel like navigating through a war zone. It takes effective leadership to survive and thrive in business ... not unlike the strong military leadership needed to master a battlefield.

A three-day intensive Leadership Boot Camp Experience slated for Nov. 2-4 at O'Callaghan Annapolis Hotel (174 West St., in the Waterford Meeting Room) will blend business leadership operatives with military principles. The training is being led by Academy Leadership, a Pennsylvania-based business leadership training company comprised of Naval Academy and West Point graduates who have paired business acumen honed as successful CEOs with years of military leadership in the United States Army and Navy. Issues addressed during three days of goal-focused, outcome driven workshops include: identifying your "leadership philosophy," managing time, leading productive meetings, goal setting, communicating as a leader, motivating/coaching people and conflict management.

Leadership Boot Camp sessions will be led by Dr. Perry Martini, a retired senior Naval Officer and former Commander of a  U.S. Naval Aviation Squadron. Following his more than 27-year career with the Navy, Martini, the author and co-author of several leadership books, began teaching leadership courses at the U.S. Naval Academy, as well as at Villanova University, Regent University and The George Washington University. He also serves as Academy Leadership's lead facilitator and takes responsibility for training all of the company's 17 affiliates.

"All too often, individuals are promoted to leadership positions, but not trained on how to lead.  Strong leadership, however, is essential to the success of any organization," Martini said, adding that Leadership Boot Camp participants learn from and are able to employ his leadership lessons long after the sessions conclude. "We don't let boot camp end on the last day. This is the start of your leadership experience. Go back and apply what you learned. Time to start thinking and acting like a leader!"

Leadership from Martini's Military Perspective

Martini knows first-hand the importance of good leadership traits. He was an Action Officer in the Joint Staff Operations Department in the Pentagon, providing daily briefings during the first Gulf War to then General Colin Powell, Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. Under Powell's leadership, Martini ran slides and real time video  that came in from Iraq overnight and peppered Powell with questions to prepare him for the press.  "I could see that the senior leaders really cared about their people. I watched how they made decisions and how much concern they had about their people," Martini said. "Watching that taught me the importance of being a leader."

Like other Academy Leadership facilitators, Martini has used the skills and leadership honed in the military to successfully support various levels of leadership building. Prior to retiring from the Navy in 1998, he served in numerous leadership positions as a Navy pilot for 27 years and had the opportunity to command over 400 people in a Patrol Squadron in both Brunswick, Maine and Keflavik, Iceland. In any given year, 33 percent of his people were ordered to other commands, so there was a constant ebb and flow of new personnel, yet he managed to successfully lead. "I always communicated my leadership intent, goals, and actions and walked the talk," Martini said.

Martini received his PhD in higher education administration from George Washington University in 2000. He also holds a Master's Degree in secondary education; a Master of Arts Degree in international affairs and strategic studies; and a Master of Science Degree in business finance. In 2004, Martini co-authored Inspiring Leadership: Character and Ethics Matter. In 2006 he authored his popular book, My Father's Compass: Leadership Lessons for an Immigrant Son, a book about immigration and family values. He also published ethical case studies for a Leadership and Ethics Course for midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy. He is currently an Adjunct Professor at Villanova University and Regent University where he teaches organizational leadership and ethics.

The Academy Leadership Philosophy: Leadership Can Be Learned

Contrary to popular belief, the most effective leaders are not "born leaders" according to Academy Leadership. Leadership can be learned. In fact, in an Academy Leadership survey, CEOs said they were born with only 40 percent of their leadership abilities. The remaining 60 percent they developed through experience and education.

"In this business climate, where companies are downsizing and getting leaner, leaders need to be more effective, and do more with less. At the Leadership Boot Camp, we give managers the tools they need to become effective leaders and get outstanding results," Martini stresses.

The Leadership Boot Camp Experience is offered publicly in various cities nationwide by Academy Leadership. This program produces leaders who energize their teams, enable their people to see a clear relationship between their daily duties and organizational goals, and instill smart work strategies throughout the company to achieve tangible results. The leadership training company was founded in 2000.

For registration and more information about Leadership Boot Camp, scheduled for Nov. 2-4 at O'Callaghan Annapolis Hotel (174 West St., in the Waterford Meeting Room), call 866-783-0630 or visit



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