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Authors on Deck Lecture at the Navy Memorial – Lessons from the Hanoi Hilton

May 15, 2013 @ 6:00 pm

With Peter Fretwell and Taylor Baldwin Kiland

As part of the United States Navy Memorial’s “Authors on Deck” book lecture series, authors Peter Fretwell and Taylor Baldwin Kiland will present their newly published book Lessons from Hanoi Hilton: Six Characteristics of High-Performance Teams (Naval Institute Press, 2013)

Why were the American POWs imprisoned at the “Hanoi Hilton” so resilient in captivity and so successful in their subsequent careers? This book presents six principles practiced within the POW organizational culture that can be used to develop high-performance teams everywhere. The authors offer examples from both the POWs’ time in captivity and their later professional lives that identify, in real-life situations, the characteristics necessary for sustainable, high-performance teamwork. The book takes readers inside the mind of James Stockdale, a fighter pilot with a degree in philosophy, who was the senior ranking officer at the Hanoi prison. The theories Stockdale practiced become readily understandable in this book. Drawing parallels between Stockdale’s guiding philosophies from the Stoic Epictetus and the principles of modern sports psychology, Peter Fretwell and Taylor Baldwin Kiland show readers how to apply these principles to their own organizations and create a culture with staying power.

CACI International Inc Chairman Dr. J.P. London and Vice Admiral Stockdale’s son Dr. James B. Stockdale, II contributed to the book and will also be in attendance.

Peter Fretwell is the general manager of The Classical Network, based in New Jersey. During his MBA studies in strategic leadership, he became convinced the lessons the POWs brought home could benefit other organizations and spent more than seven years researching the topic. He lives in Robbinsville, NJ.

Taylor Baldwin Kiland, a former naval officer, is a management consultant with a large technology and strategy consulting firm and lives in Alexandria, Virginia. She is the author or coauthor of three books, including Open Doors: Vietnam POWs Thirty Years Later.

Following the presentation, Fretwell and Kiland will be available for a Q&A session and book signing.

Cost: Free and open to the public

Contact: 202-737-2300

Visit  www.navymemorial.org to learn more.


May 15, 2013
6:00 pm
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United States Navy Memorial
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