- How to Lead – Insights from Many Slippery Slopes
- How to Tackle the Public Problems You Care About
- Themes of courage and service are perfect. Answer The Call
- Why Should You Care? (for high-school audiences)
- Tapping the Heroes Within Our Kids
- Don’t Die Before You’ve Made a Difference
- Life’s An Adventure – Sometimes a Risky One!
John A. Graham shipped out on a freighter when he was sixteen, took part in the first ascent of Mt. McKinley’s North Wall at twenty and hitch hiked around the world at twenty-two.
“the core of good leadership is developing a clear picture of yourself as a leader, building trust, and inspiring others with a clear and compelling vision of success.”
A Foreign Service Officer for fifteen years, he was in the middle of the revolution in Libya and the war in Vietnam.
He was a member of NATO’s top-secret Nuclear Planning Group, then served as a foreign policy advisor to Senator John Glenn.
As an assistant to Ambassador Andrew Young at the United Nations, he was deeply involved in U.S. initiatives in Southern Africa, South Asia and Cuba.
By most measures, he was very successful. A close brush with death aboard a burning cruise ship in the North Pacific forced him to a search for meaning in his life.
Now out of the Foreign Service, he began exploring, then teaching better ways of handling challenge and conflict.
Graham tells his audiences and readers that courage and caring are crucial to solving tough public problems, and to finding meaning in a world that often seems to be spinning out of control.
Graham’s style is relaxed, humorous and direct.
He’s been a leader of the Giraffe Heroes Project, that moves people to stick their necks out for the common good. In that role, he’s helped move millions of people to lives of courageous and caring citizenship.
John Graham: TV and radio all over the world.
“Your powerful comments made a lasting impression on the Brigade, the Academy staff and our retired and civilian guests?
Your presentation was a tremendous success”
-Superintendent, United States Naval Academy
“For our organization’s tenth anniversary, we wanted someone who would invite reflection, inspire action and leave the room bristling with energy….
John Graham knocked our socks off! He didn’t just engage an audience; he stamped the event as a ‘must have been there’ celebration, and that distinction was extended to our organization.
-Director, Leadership Anchorage
“Those (Members of Congress) present were unanimous in the favorable reaction to your remarks. Surely the program’s success was due in great part to your efforts.” -Congressman Charles W. Whalen, Washington DC
Books by John A. Graham
- It’s Up To Us
- Sit Down Young Stranger
- Outdoor Leadership
- Stick Your Neck Out – A Street-smart Guide to Creating Change in Your Community and Beyond