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Leadership Forged by the Four Horsemen – Planning Lessons For Project Managers from Fires, Floods, Pestilence and War


We all have plans.

Plans for our life, family and the project we are working on. Imagine going to bed one evening, cuddling up and sleeping peacefully. You get up, pour a coffee and turn on the news. 

A reporter advises you of world events have launched the largest project you have ever faced, t your team has just grown by a factor of 4; your budget ballooned by ten times; and, the world watching your every move.

When Steve led a large disaster response organization, this was his nightly reality. It happened regularly and pulling together a project team on a moment’s notice and respond to the disaster was seldom in his plans. Famously, when Mike Tyson was asked if he had a plan to fight Evander Holyfield, he responded; “Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth.”

How Do You Begin When Your Project’s Plans Are Punched In The Mouth?

Steve will relate the vital planning lessons he learned from leading some of the most complex projects ever: leading combat soldiers; responding to tsunamis, wildfires; and, SARS.

Key Lessons include:

1] How to clearly understand the current state of affairs

2] How to clearly articulate what the world will look like when your project is finished

3] How to get the right people and right resources on the task

4] How to identify and manage your key stakeholders

Why You Should Attend

There is nothing more exciting than leading the project of your career.

For Project Management Leaders planning is essential, but your job is to monitor and adjust plans for the unexpected, yet inevitable, things that will try to stop you


Speaker Bio:


Steven Armstrong is a Calgary based speaker, educator & consultant and expert at developing followers into leaders and building dedicated, loyal, and remarkable teams.

Through the lessons learned from 35 years as a leader, soldier, and humanitarian Steve has honed his insights and leadership skills and his unique ability to inspire and teach others to lead.

He is one of only a handful of people in Canada who has planned and managed the relief & recovery responses and maintained complex business continuity function for the following: 

The 2013 Alberta Floods, The 2011 Slave Lake Fires, 2004 Tsunami, Sept 11 Terrorist Attacks, to name a few.

Steve has been there & done that and brings to your team the lessons gained from a world of experience, beginning from  Iqaluit to Sri Lanka, Europe to Namibia, SARS to September 11 and much more!

Steve has Masters Degree in Public Policy & Management and lives in Calgary with his patient and understanding wife Debra.

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Type of activity: Dinner Event

Date: 24 July 2019

Hour: 17:00 to 20:00

Nb of PDUs: 2.0


Members: $45.00

Non members: $65.00

Students: $65.00


Four Seasons Hotel Vancouver , 791 W Georgia St, Vancouver, BC V6C 2T4