Staff Ride to Old North Bridge, Concord, MA

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We have planned a very special event for you on the evening of June 9: a staff ride, an experiential leadership development exercise, to the Old North Bridge in Concord, MA, the site of one of the first battles of the Revolutionary War on April 19, 1775.

The staff ride is a tool for teaching leadership, strategy and decision-making that is used widely throughout the U.S. military and has, in more recent years, been adapted for business leaders. We are delighted to have two outstanding and experienced facilitators leading us in the exercise: Author and Speaker Ed Ruggero and Professor Mike Useem from the Wharton School.

Ed has provided a short background reading to be done prior to the ride and three maps:


Map of Concord

Map of Lexington Common

Map of Road to Concord

The program workbook that we will provide at the conference will also contain copies of this reading and the maps (on tear-out sheets). (Optional: if you would like to pursue the subject in greater depth, Ed has written a timeline of events and provided a list of additional resources).

We will board two chartered coaches and travel from the Harvard Business School campus to the Minute Man National Historical Park in Concord, MA (approximately 30-minute travel time each way). We will randomly assign an equal number of our guests to each coach with one group being designated as members of the Minuteman militia and the other group representing the British Army.

After the exercise, we will enjoy a twilight dinner in the Park, in a tented area in the North Bridge Gardens overlooking the Concord River.