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Bob Terry

Dr. Robert Terry is best known as the creator of the Action Wheel Leadership Process. He wrote the book, Authentic Leadership: Courage In Action that began the ongoing conversation about what it means to be an authentic leader. Bob Terry later added to the conversation in his book, Seven Zones For Leadership.

He is also remembered for his writings on unity and diversity. We frequently receive requests to use or reprint "The Parable of Ups and Downs." 

Another of Dr. Bob Terry's "claims to fame" was having done Myers-Briggs training for 1000 people at the same time in one large room!

Any time we reconnect with someone who knew Bob we hear wonderful, and often funny, stories about the impact he had on their life.

Bob Terry loved to engage in what he termed "serious play." He knew that people learn best when they are engaged in the process and having fun as well. Bob was also a person who "gave himself away" to others. There are many teachers, trainers, coaches and leadership consultants who were mentored by Bob.

We are often asked to share "Bob Terry stories." However we realize that the stories we know are only a small part of what could be shared. So we have created this page to allow any who knew Bob, took part in a class or course he taught, were mentored or coached by Bob or had lunch with him at the (now extinct) Cities Grill to share those stories.

If you find this page and know others who have stories about Bob Terry please forward the link to this page to them as well. We look forward to a growing collection of memories to add to the Bob Terry legacy.

Harlan Cleveland on Bob Terry

Do You Have A Story About Bob Terry?

We know that Bob had hundreds of best friends, colleagues and students. More likely thousands. Please help us compile a tribute to the leadership legacy that he left to all of us by sharing your stories. Tell us how/where you knew Bob. Share something you learned from him. Tell about the impact his writings had on your leadership thought and practice. Share something humorous that you remember about him or his time with your group or organization. And thank you!

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"Denial is Not a River in Egypt" 
Dr. Bob Terry conducted several workshops throughout the west coast for 500 U.S. Department of the Interior Fish and Wildlife Service managers. I attended …

Bob Terry:
Beyond Three-Dimensional Space
I had the good fortune to meet Bob via my friend and colleague Rick Jackson. I was with Bob only once, a few years before his death. The meeting was in …

Bob Terry and the University YMCA 
A little known story is how Bob got to Minneapolis from his home in Detroit. Bob and University of Minnesota YMCA executive director Doug Wallace had been …

Who could not love that man? 
Bob Terry, the dancing bear, as some have described him, excited every room he entered and, when people left the room, they carried his teachings deep …

Bob, Me, Zones and Fans 
I met Bob in person only once but he had a huge effect on me. I invited him to come to London to help a team of us working on a leadership development …

Authentic People; Authentic Organizations 
Bob Terry once said to me as we discussed leadership, “Sometimes I don’t have a clue as to how organizations change.” I chuckled when Bob said this …

Authenticity Should Be at the Core of Search 
Tim McGuire United Features Syndicate Monday, December 2, 2002 used with permission I first met Bob Terry in the mid-90's when …

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