Leadership Breakfast of Maryland

Doors Open at 7:00 AM
Session: 7:30 AM to 8:45 AM. 
Feel free to stay and discuss the session until 9:30 AM.

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November 7, 2014 
Will Rogers - Common Horse-Sense Leadership

Will Rogers was an entertainer and common sense thinker. He never held any “leadership role” unless you count being the Honorary Mayor of Beverly Hills.

But Will knew personally, and was friends with, many prominent leaders, including Henry Ford, John D. Rockefeller, Florenz Ziegfeld, Franklin Roosevelt, Calvin Coolidge, Charles Lindbergh, and Amelia Earhardt.

“Will Rogers” will share some common horse-sense of his own and some he picked up from these and other leaders. Will said, “Henry Ford has always had more common sense than anybody.” Complimenting Coolidge, he said, “You put horse sense into statesmanship.”

Ford said, “Even a mistake may turn out to be the one thing necessary to a worthwhile achievement. Success is 99% failure.” He also famously commented, "People can have the Model T in any color - so long as it's black."

The famous aviator, Amelia Earhart said, “Never interrupt someone doing what you said couldn't be done,” and also “Women must pay for everything. They do get more glory than men for comparable feats. But, they also get more notoriety when they crash.”

In addition to common sense leadership, you’ll hear Will’s comments on politics, presidents, banking, and farming. Also you’ll see a few photos of Will and friends.

Takeaways from the Session

  • Be willing to take risks, learn from mistakes, and move forward
  • Have a vision, and communicate it clearly
  • Give others free rein to do their best
  • Keep laughin’, keep learnin’, and keep pullin’ together

About Our Facilitator:

Will Rogers
(Randall Reeder)

Randall Reeder has been speaking as “Will Rogers” since 1996 when he was "discovered" by an Oklahoma professional speaker, Dale Minnick. He told Randall that "God put you together to remind us of the most admired man in the U.S. in the 20th Century."

Although Randall does not claim to live up to that high calling, he gives a lot of talks to businesses and organizations across the country, and writes a “Weekly Comments” in Will Rogers style.

In 2013 he published a book of Will Rogers’ quotes and stories about agriculture that he compiled, called “I Never Met a Farmer I Didn’t Like.” He is completing a book that includes his comments on the economy (and related quotes by Will Rogers), called “The Great Recession of 2008 to 20??.”

He grew up on a farm in West Virginia and was on the faculty at Ohio State University from 1979-2011 as an Extension Agricultural Engineer.  


Contact Information

Randall Reeder
"Will Rogers"

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The Conference Center at the Offices of Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy, and Ecker, P.A.

12505 Park Potomac Avenue
6th Floor
Potomac, MD 20854
(I270 & Montrose Road)
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Our Gracious Host/Sponsor: Shulman Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A.

Resolutionary Thinking

Focusing on solutions. Thinking creatively and tenaciously about outcomes. About what’s in your best interests. Getting matters resolved, so you can get on with what matters to you. That’s resolutionary thinking. And that’s made Shulman, Rogers, Gandal, Pordy & Ecker, P.A., one of the largest, most respected law firms in the Washington Metropolitan Area.

In 1972, Shulman Rogers was founded on a commitment to client service. Today, the firm’s roster of highly skilled attorneys and other dedicated staff members are all guided by that same commitment. A client-first approach. A smart, efficient practice. A relentless focus on problem solving. And an underlying compassion—for our clients and our community. It all adds up to resolutionary thinking. The kind of thinking you can count on from the people of Shulman Rogers.