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1. Sarah Palin Superstar

Sarah PalinWhether you love her or hate her, it would be hard to argue that Sarah Palin is one of the most fascinating people to arrive in the public arena in some time. When John McCain picked her as his running mate in 2008, it’s fair to say that most people outside of Alaska had never heard of her. Now she is a contributor on Fox News, gets a hundred grand for speaking engagements, has a media following that puts her in the spotlight whenever she appears in public, and tops at least some people’s list of candidates for the presidency in 2012

How powerful is this woman? And could she become our next president?

Looking at her sources of power helps illuminate why Sarah Palin became a populist sensation and whether her star will shine brightly in the night sky for a long time to come or whether, like a shooting star, she will fizzle out after a spectacular display of pyrotechnics.

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Scientists Discover Earth-like Planet

I have always been a science geek and lover of science fiction.  In my teenage years, I traveled to many faraway planets in my imagination and was convinced that we are not alone in the universe.  I’m still convinced.  The universe is too vast and Earth is not special enough for this to be the only planet where life emerged among trillions of planets in billions of galaxies.  Simple math indicates that there must be a vast number of habitable planets where life evolved and no doubt exists in forms even our most creative science fiction writers have not dreamed of.  That said, I am less excited than I might be about the recent discovery of an Earth-like planet a mere 490 light years away from us.  

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About Terry R. Bacon

Terry R Bacon

I am now retired from Korn/Ferry but am still affiliated with the firm as an Emeritus Scholar-in-Residence. Today, in addition to my writing, I continue to consult with select clients and continue to conduct research on leadership, power and influence, and other topics of interest to me. 

I was born in Topeka, Kansas in 1947 and grew up in Missouri and Iowa. I graduated from Treynor High School (in southwestern Iowa) in 1965 and did my undergraduate work at the United States Military Academy at West Point. I was in Company E2 and graduated with a BS in General Engineering in 1969. Shortly thereafter, I spent a year in Vietnam with the 101st Airborne Division and then several more years as a military intelligence officer. I left the Army in 1974 and went to The American University, Washington, DC, where I received a PhD in Literary Studies in 1977.

I moved to Utah after graduation, taught briefly as an adjunct professor at the University of Utah, and then joined a consulting company, Shipley Associates, where I became the vice president of research and development. I created a number of corporate education programs while at Shipley and co-authored, with Larry Freeman, the Shipley Associates Style Guide, which was published by John P. Wiley & Sons. In 1989, I left Shipley and founded Lore.

Besides providing leadership at Lore and doing considerable client work, I developed dozens of executive education programs and authored or co-authored the books featured on this site. I also continued my own education by studying strategic planning at the Wharton School of Business (University of Pennsylvania), sales management at the University of Chicago, leadership at Stanford University, psychology at Goddard College, and leading professional services firms at the Harvard Business School.

Prior to joining Korn/Ferry, I was the president and CEO of Lore International Institute, which I founded on July 1, 1989. Lore was a professional and executive development consulting firm that focused on the assessment, education, and coaching of professionals, managers, and executives around the world. As Lore grew, we formed a sister company in Europe and eventually had a global network of more than 300 faculty and coaches to serve primarily Fortune 500-type clients. In 2008, Lore was acquired by Korn/Ferry and is now part of one of the world’s largest talent management firms.

I have been active on the boards of a number of nonprofits, including the Women’s Resource Center in Durango, Colorado; the advisory board of the Durango Arts Center; the advisory board of Friends of the Fort Lewis College Theatre; the board of Music in the Mountains (where I served as president for two years); and the Fort Lewis College Foundation Board (where I served as chairman for three years).

In 2011, Amacom Books published two of my books:  Elements of Influence: The Art of Getting Others to Follow Your Lead, appeared in July 2011.  It is a companion to The Elements of Power: Lessons on Leadership and Influence, which appeared in January 2011. Together, these books present nearly two decades of research on power and influence.  Both of these books have been translated into Chinese, and Elements of Influence is now being translated into Estonian.

In 2012, Nicholas Brealey published my latest book (coauthored with Dr. Laurie Voss):  the 2nd edition of Adaptive Coaching, which initially appeared in 2003.

.The views expressed on this site are mine and do not reflect the views or opinions of Korn/Ferry International or the Korn/Ferry Institute.

 

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