From our Dream Team:

Jocelyn Davis

Why Shakespeare Should Be Your Go-To Source for Leadership Advice

Jocelyn Davis is a writer and consultant with 25 years’ experience in the corporate learning industry.

Before founding her company, Seven Learning, she was head of R&D for The Forum Corporation, a global leadership development firm. She is author of The Greats on Leadership: Classic Wisdom for Modern Managers (Hachette); co-author of Strategic Speed: Mobilize People, Accelerate Execution (Harvard Business Press); and has published widely on leadership, strategy execution, and workplace learning. Her clients have included companies such as Microsoft, Disney, and Unilever.

Known as an exceptional leader herself, Jocelyn is the recipient of awards for excellence in management and product innovation. She holds an M.A. in philosophy and is currently working on a master’s degree in Eastern Classics at St. John’s College, Santa Fe, as well as a book about Eastern thinkers on leadership.

“Jocelyn is one of those rare thought leaders who can get to what makes a difference for actual leaders facing actual challenges. She’s put a lot of hard thinking into this subject, but she didn’t just stop at the thinking; she has worked equally hard with the doing, helping individual leaders transform their approach and themselves. She’s a flat-out expert.” —Craig Wortmann, CEO, SalesEngine, and professor at University of Chicago’s Booth School of Business.

What Jocelyn Promises You as Takeaways From Her Presentation:

  • Why leadership is not a set of skills, theories, or strategies, but a form of practical wisdom.
  • The 3 behaviors that make a true leader and the 3 corresponding types of misleader.
  • The top 8 traps that threaten leaders, plus tools we can use to avoid them.
  • A new way to think about leadership levels: in terms of your impact, not your title.

What Jocelyn Says About Why She Is Participating in The Retreat:

The theme of my work as a leadership consultant and author is that business is about people; that is, people getting together to imagine possibilities and solve problems. Along those lines, I believe we need to redevelop our understanding of character as a core element of leadership. In my books I focus on the great stories and ideas of the past—from Shakespeare to Churchill, Jane Austen to C.G. Jung—as a way to explore the psychological and cultural dimensions of leadership.
I’m looking forward to connecting with a group of like-minded folks who understand that, at the end of the day, it’s all about the people.

From Jocelyn’s web site:

“Jocelyn Davis is an author, speaker, and consultant with 25 years’ experience in the corporate learning industry. Before founding her company, Seven Learning, she was head of R&D for The Forum Corporation, a global leadership development firm. She is co-author of Strategic Speed: Mobilize People, Accelerate Execution and has published widely on leadership, strategy execution, and workplace learning. Her clients have included companies such as Microsoft, Disney, and Unilever. Known as an exceptional leader herself, she is the recipient of awards for excellence in management and product innovation. She holds an M.A. in philosophy and is currently working on a master’s degree in Eastern classics.”

Jocelyn’s Books:

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