By Jason Rigoli, Principal at The White Oak Group

As a CEO or C-level executive, success is measured by the decisions you make. These decisions directly influence the direction and success of an enterprise, and determine if your tenure in the c-suite is considered a triumph or failure.

One person who has witnessed years worth of decisions that have affected this nation, and the rest of the world, is Andrew “Andy” Card Jr. As Chief of Staff for President George W. Bush, Assistant to the President/Deputy Chief of Staff for President George H. W. Bush and Special Assistant and Director of Intergovernmental Affairs for President Reagan, Card has been at the center of U.S. politics for more than 20 years.

Card is the longest-serving White House Chief of Staff in the last 50 years and was inside the Oval Office as presidents and world leaders outlined their vision and agendas for their respective nations. During these meetings, he leveraged strategy and execution, as well as the vital skill of negotiation to orchestrate domestic, foreign, homeland security, and anti-terrorism policy. Having also served as Vice President of Government Relations at General Motors, Card understands how the same strategy can apply to an organization’s business challenges.

Best known for informing former President George W. Bush of the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11, 2001, Card knows firsthand the geopolitical factors and risks at stake that affect the global business environment. Based on his more than 30 years of experience of public service, Card also has a keen understanding of political leaders and politics around the globe.

At the ACG National Capital Strategic Growth Conference (March 16 and 17), Card will demonstrate how to forge a consensus, which is vitally important for an organization’s vision and agenda. He will expound on the important process of decision making using his three “Ps” method:
1. How does the proposed Policy affect people?
2. What Principle does it reflect?
3. Will organizational Partners who are directly impacted support it as the right thing to do?

Card will discuss the political risks of doing business in a global economy and the perils of investing in Africa, Asia, Europe or Latin America. He will also outline the potential political and security risks and how to identify economic opportunities in today’s constantly changing global environment and world economy.

On behalf of ACG National Capital, I’m hoping you join me on March 16 and 17 at the 2010 Annual Strategic Growth Conference & Capital Forum to hear more from Andy Card. For additional information, and to register for the conference, click here.

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