David Huntoon on Brookings Executive Education

Training for certainty, educating for uncertainty. The military maxim sums up Brookings Executive Education’s (BEE’s) value proposition, according to BEE’s Executive in Residence David Huntoon Jr. The retired Army lieutenant general assumed the role in May 2017. BEE covers the core competencies required for the Senior Executive Service. But, it also prepares public servants to solve problems during global crises, geopolitical conflicts and periods of rapid change — or what the military calls VUCA (volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity) conditions. “Brookings Executive Education gets VUCA,” Huntoon says. Government often focuses on “current operations and the here-and-now. At BEE, public-sector leaders […]

David Huntoon, Jr. Keynote at Center for Excellence in Public Leadership

On September 22, the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership will hold a transformational leadership journey, as we gather together to learn, share, and co-create solutions that make a positive difference in our organizations and in the lives of the people we serve. The Future of Leadership Forum brings together decision makers, thought leaders, educators, and coaches for a dialogue around latest leadership and management practices, to inform, empower, and motivate the leaders of the 21st century. The event keynote speaker will be Robert Thurman, along with a video of Congressman Tim Ryan, and a panel of […]

David Huntoon Appointed Senior Fellow at GWU CEPL

David H. Huntoon, Jr. has been appointed Senior Fellow of the George Washington University Center for Excellence in Public Leadership (GW CEPL). David has been selected for this honor not only for his academic credentials and subject matter expertise, but also for having distinguished himself in leadership roles in the public and private sector. Housed within the College of Professional Studies (CPS) of the George Washington University, GW CEPL’s mission is to equip and enable public leaders, and the people, organizations, and communities they serve, to envision and create positive alternatives to seemingly intractable problems, while mobilizing and sustaining energies […]

LTG (Ret) David Huntoon Selected for American Psychological Association Award

Spectrum Member Dave Huntoon has been selected by the American Psychological Association’s Society for Military Psychology’s 2016 Robert M. Yerkes Award. This award is given for significant contributions to military psychology by a non-psychologist, and named for Robert M. Yerkes, the “Founding Father” of military psychology. Yerkes (1876-1956) had a distinguished career as a comparative psychologist first at Harvard University and later at Yale. As the President of the APA in 1917, Yerkes led the application of psychology to the demands of World War I in the development and use of the Army Alpha and Beta Tests, the first large-scale […]

Observance of Memorial Day

We gather on Memorial Day to remember and honor the uncommon valor and selfless service of those who died in conflict for the ideals of our Nation. They were Soldiers, Sailors, Airmen, and Marines, men and women, from all races and creeds, from every state and territory of the Union, and from all walks of life who stepped forward and answered when America called. Their service and sacrifice allows us to gather freely throughout America, and to celebrate a Memorial Day weekend that offers the hope and promise of a brighter future. That future is bright for this country and […]

LTG David Huntoon, USA (Ret.) Joins The SPECTRUM Group

The SPECTRUM Group (TSG) is pleased to announce that retired Army Lieutenant General David Huntoon has joined its firm. General Huntoon’s distinguished career in uniform, superb intellect and experience as a strategic planner in both the military and private sector makes him an extraordinary asset to TSG’s wide range of practice areas. “Dave will bring exceptional leadership and professional currency to our group across multiple agencies of the U.S. Government and international organizations,” said TSG’s Chairman, The Honorable Anthony Principi. General Huntoon’s efforts at TSG will focus on a wide range of client needs including professional expertise with the Department […]

Honoring American Veterans

President John F. Kennedy remarked that “a nation reveals itself not only by the people that it produces but also by the people that it honors, the people it remembers.” It is a privilege to honor and remember a very special group of people this week – America’s veterans. Each year Americans are asked to pause and reflect on the service and the sacrifice of all who have worn the uniform of the United States of America, both in peace and in war, and to remember their courage, honor and loyalty to the nation. Whenever the nation has called – […]

Blog Series: The Power of Storytelling for Leaders – 2

Who are some great storytellers? All of you know someone that you have read or heard speak in your own lives, whether in your family or in school or at a public event. I think of four exceptional storytellers as examples. Doris Kearns Goodwin writes remarkable, provocative, and captivating accounts of American history in classic storytelling narratives based on scholarly research. David McCullough has produced brilliant anecdotal narratives of American heroes who engage our intellect and imagination. And there is the storytelling of two exceptional soldiers – Dwight David Eisenhower and Colin Powell. President Eisenhower was a brilliant storyteller in […]

Blog Series: The Power of Storytelling for Leaders – 1

Pulitzer Prize winning historian Barbara Tuchman is said to have mused about her work: “There is no trick to it; it’s just storytelling.” She was being characteristically modest, but correct that there is no trick. Great storytelling requires hard work, attention to detail, and a clear understanding of the needs of the audience. As a leader your skillful use of storytelling can bring about and sustain change in an organization because of its deep capacity to communicate ideas to both our cognitive and our emotional core. “Stories are the single most powerful weapon in a leader’s arsenal.” – Howard Gardner, […]

Observing and Celebrating Independence Day

Happy Independence Day, As we enjoy the festive moments of the 4th of July, it is important to remember the extraordinary “why” of this day. The opportunity to gather in safety among friends and family to celebrate our Independence Day was earned by the courage and selfless service of American colonists who took up arms to secure that freedom of assembly and gain their freedom from tyranny. It is a truly memorable day in the history of the United States of America, one that honors the adoption by the Second Continental Congress of our Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. […]