Several colleagues and I had the good fortune to witness Howard Fero’s leadership program at a Quinnipiac Chamber event several months ago. His approach was unique in that it used America’s pastime as the focal point…specifically, Dr. Fero’s extensive interviews with numerous Major League Baseball managers. Suffice to say, it was a far cry from the run of the mill presentations, seminars, and workshops on the topic. Howard was enthusiastic and engaging throughout.
Given this experience, I invited Dr. Fero to speak at an all-staff function at my bank, The Guilford Savings Bank (GSB). GSB is a strong proponent of a Servant Leadership model and Dr. Fero’s program dovetailed nicely with this philosophy. Further, I was confident that the program would offer something of value to everyone in attendance---- from seasoned Baby Boomers to Millennials. I wasn’t disappointed. Dr. Fero connected at numerous levels, while keeping things fun and interactive. I’ll add that the timing was perfect for the event- smack in the middle of the historic 2016 World Series. Employee feedback was very positive.
I would highly recommend Dr. Fero to anyone interested in leadership development.
Timothy P. Geelan President and CEO
The Guilford Savings Bank
Dr. Fero recently provided a leadership session for WTS CT where he discussed the 10 Bases of Major League Leadership. For this 90-minute session, Dr. Fero was engaging and personal. He offered a wealth of knowledge on how to lead yourself, others, and what he calls the 'game'. He has an overarching message that resonated with each in our group; a diverse mix of transportation related professionals. I highly recommend Dr. Fero for professional development programs!
Shawna Bartkus Women in Transportation Seminar - Connecticut
As the Supervising Agent in Charge of FBI, CT, I’m constantly seeking ways to provide effective leadership training for my management staff. The course provided by Dr. Howard Fero exceeded my expectations, and his energetic and comprehensive method of instruction proved to be most effective for my staff. Thank you Dr. Fero!
Patricia M. Ferrick Special Agent in Charge
New Haven Division
Federal Bureau of Investigation
The California Chiropractic Association highly recommends The Leadership Doc, Howard Fero, PhD, and his leadership development programs. Dr. Fero compellingly weaves elements of his book, “Lead Me Out to the Ballgame: Stories and Strategies to Develop Major League Leadership” into his interactive workshop. Participants not only hone their natural leadership skills but also achieve an understanding of other leadership styles and an appreciation for ultimate team success. Whether your team is made up of veterans, rookies or both, Dr. Fero will help you create a game plan for winning.
Brian A. Stenzler, MS, DC President/CEO D.R.E.A.M. Wellness
President, California Chiropractic Association
Our Board workshop with Dr Fero was enlightening and productive. He had a very good handle in advance on our primary challenges and developed creative group exercises to address them. The results were specific meaningful action plans identified by our members to help move the organization forward, including what they PERSONALLY committed to leading in the coming year.
Donna Violante Executive Director
It’s rare to find a leadership expert and speaker who combines insight as well as practical advice in such an engaging way. Dr. Howard Fero’s hook—using hundreds of interview’s with professional baseball coaches and players—grabbed our members’ attention and hit a home run, even for the members in our audience who weren’t baseball fans. His message rings true in whatever industry or organization you contribute. He’s on my A-list of leadership experts and I hope to tap him again.
Ellen Beal Hudson-Mohawk ATD
Board Member, Programs Committee
We made a terrific decision to engage Howard Fero to kick off our Annual Business Expo. His presentation on Leadership to our standing room only crowd motivated everyone to capitalize on the rest of the day’s agenda. Our business members really liked hearing the personal stories on leadership from some of their favorite baseball heroes. We will definitely be asking Howard back for future events!
Anthony Rescigno President
Greater New Haven Chamber of Commerce
Recently, Dr. Fero ended our company leadership workshop on the highest of high notes. Dr. Fero delivered a passionate keynote on how to effectively lead others on a daily basis. The Ten Bases of Leadership is not just a baseball theme, it is a leadership theme that every person can benefit from to help unleash the leader within. We appreciated how he incorporated our company vision, products, and mission into the presentation. Leadership delivered in the most professional, personalized, and motivating way. Thank you for everything!
Dr. Christopher Berg National Sales Director for EDPC
T-Mobile at American Telecommunications, Inc
Dr. Fero is a high impact presenter and masterful communicator of simple, yet important, principles of leadership. I'm excited to implement these concepts within our professional organization and my chiropractic practice. Get ready for a high paced, informative, and fun day when Dr. Fero leads you to the ball game and onto achieving success.
Laurence J Adams DC, DACNB VP, North Bay District CCA
Team Chiropractor to the Sonoma Stompers
Dr. Fero's workshops are a critical component of my firm's leadership training curriculum. I consistently see a positive difference in the associates I have working with him.
Paul Blanco, LUTCF Managing Director
Barnum Financial Group
Dr. Fero was both engaging and entertaining, and the topic of his lecture was very relevant to an audience comprised primarily of students in our sport management and leadership programs. Student feedback was extremely positive and students commented on how informative and interesting the lecture was, especially how Dr. Fero was able to relate his interviews with baseball managers to the business world.
James MacGregor, PhD Chairperson, Department of Recreation and Leisure
Southern Connecticut State University
Howard Fero delivers a very impressive message to help any organization get to the next level quicker!
Kevin Seitzer Hitting Coach
Dr. Fero makes Major League Leadership accessible - even if you're not a baseball fan. This was time well spent. I put some of the strategies to use that afternoon when I returned to my office. A great program, both inspiring and practical.
Andrea E. Kovacs
Vice President for Marketing
Albertus Magnus College
Dr. Fero brings high energy to his discussion of leadership topics. The exercises cause participants to reflect on their leadership styles and how they can best bring about organizational success in an ever changing society.
Dr. Charles Sherwood
Director, South Central Criminal Justice
Dr. Fero is a very engaging speaker who takes the information that he received from Major League managers and presents it in an easy to follow presentation, outlining his "Ten Bases of Major League Leadership". During Dr. Fero's presentation, one can't help but think about one's own life, values, and leadership strategies. I left the presentation ready to talk to my players and help lead them to their goals. I look forward to continuing to use Dr. Fero as a resource to help me become an even better leader in the future.
Head Coach, Varsity Baseball
Dr. Howard Fero conducted a workshop in which all of the personnel of the Orange Police Department, not just the supervisors, learned about the importance of coaching and mentoring. At the same time, everyone learned how to build their personal leadership skills, and how to use that knowledge for the betterment of our organization and our community. Howard was very skillful at engaging our personnel in dialogue which I’m confident will be of great assistance in the pursuit of our vision.
Robert J. Gagne, MA
Chief of Police
Using the best practices and stories from the best leaders in this iconic sport, Dr. Fero has developed a base-by-base approach for individuals and firms to create winning leadership at every level. With expertise in his discipline and witty delivery Dr. Fero creates a powerful atmosphere . His presentation to the Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management (IBAM) helped develop great synergy among our members and we’re excited about applying his principles in practice and in the classroom.
Sara Kimmel, PhD
Vice President, Institute of Behavioral and Applied Management
Dr. Fero gets the ball rolling on a leadership conversation that's sure to engage, inspire and create a seismic shift in your organization. His direct, unassuming style and skillful handling of organizational roadblocks offers his audiences a glimpse into the success they can achieve.
Linda T. Gottlieb, MA
Performance Enhancement Leader
Franchise Source Brands International
Dr. Howard Fero’s keynote on leadership was exactly what our organization needed. In order for our organization to take the next step we need leaders to step up in every role. Dr. Fero helped communicate this message with inspirational and motivational themes on how every employee can follow the Ten Bases of Leadership to discover how to lead on an everyday basis. Truly a great keynote and we look forward to working with Dr. Fero again in the near future.
National Director of Retail
Howard Fero has had a major impact on the way I look at and lead my team. He has been a driving force behind the exponential growth and success of the team over the past few years, helping us to create and work towards short term goals and a long term vision which have helped us to realize where we are and where we want to be. In addition to my individual sessions with Howard, he conducts workshops with the team, helping them to understand each other’s personalities, set goals and stay motivated, and communicate with each other most effectively. Thanks to Howard’s guidance and support, the team works better and more effectively. I look forward to continuing to work with Howard in the future as our team continues to grow and succeed.
Anthony J. Truino, CFP
Senior Financial Planner
Financial Services Executive
Barnum Wealth Management
Dr. Fero is an inspirational, motivational, and Innovative facilitator. Thanks for a great leadership training session!
Executive VP & General Manager
SPCA of Central Florida
As a leadership scholar and lifelong fan of baseball, I was quite impressed by the keynote speech that Dr. Fero delivered at the Pennsylvania State University. For many years, leadership educators and trainers have taught leadership by telling stories informed by research. Howard did just that in a most inspiring and educational talk that bridged the gap between leading and following in the context of one of America's most beloved pastimes and in corporate and non-for-profit organizations. The memorable talk was a grand slam for Penn State Great Valley and the community!
John J. Sosik, PhD
Professor-in-Charge, Master of Leadership Development program
The Pennsylvania State University
Howard Fero developed and conducted an outstanding leadership workshop component to complement our Leadership Center’s Executive Orientation program. Not only was it an eye-opening exercise on discovering the leadership styles of senior-level executives, but it allowed our attendees to look at leadership in a creative way. During this interactive workshop, there was passionate dialogue within the class about the topic of leadership that went beyond the textbook definition.
Former Executive Director
Greater New Haven Leadership Center
I recently attended Dr. Fero’s leadership breakfast seminar at the Big Connect Event held on November 20th. Dr. Fero provided fantastic insight into his findings between MLB coaching and corporate leadership similarities, and kept the audience engaged and energized. The book is a fantastic read! Great work Dr. Fero!
New Business and Large Group Sales
Over the past 18 months, Dr. Fero has taken on the expansive task of spearheading a dynamic restructuring for our organization. He has shown a masterful ability to manage personalities and mobilize and engage leaders to become invested shareholders. Starting with conducting interviews of our broad membership, followed up by documenting an organizational chart with defined roles and responsibilities, and currently beginning the implementation of this system, Dr. Fero has shown himself to be exemplary. He has tackled a daunting task and managed it efficiently and comprehensively. The success of The Strike 3 Foundation owes much to Dr. Fero.
Craig Breslow Founder and President
The Strike 3 Foundation
Howard has helped me develop and utilize my leadership ability in order to grow and manage my team effectively. He has helped me structure a clear vision for the team by helping us form and focus on our strengths and individual expertise. Meeting with Howard keeps me focused on what is important and allows me to continually improve and enhance my skills as an effective leader. Howard has been a great resource and I am looking forward to a long term partnership with him.
George R. Gerhard III
Agency Sales Director
Barnum Financial Group
I found your presentation to be very well thought out and organized. Explaining leadership can sometimes be like trying to describe the taste of chocolate to someone who hasn't tried it. There are so many variations of leadership and so many different ways to apply it. You (and your book) did a great job of breaking down leadership into tangible ideas and categories.
Dr. Chris Thornell
Director, The Leading Off Organization
As a high school baseball coach I am always looking for better way to communicate with my players. Dr. Fero brings a unique background to the table and presents his ideas in a well thought out and very interesting way. Having recently attended the 2015 World Baseball Coaches Convention where he presented a session I feel better prepared to help my student athletes meet their goals. His presentation was direct, well paced, and to the point. His book LEAD ME OUT TO THE GAME is a fast read with some great information. Can't wait until the next time that I get a chance to spend some time with him.
Varsity Baseball Coach, Tolland High School
Howard Fero has been a valuable asset to me as I expand my business, embark on new ventures, and develop my team. My sessions with Howard are always eye opening as he helps me to see things through a different perspective, helps me to set goals, and helps me to optimize my days. In the time I have been working with Howard, Total Mortgage has experienced tremendous growth, and through his guidance we have changed and transformed some of the ways we conduct business. Howard’s coaching and counselling have helped me to become a better leader.
President, Total Mortgage Services
Dr. Fero spoke at the Spring meeting of the Connecticut Association of Women Police and was well received. Thank you to Dr. Fero for rejuvenating and inspiring all that came to the meeting! CAWP highly recommends Dr. Howard Fero to be your next speaker!
President, CT Association of Women Police
Being a High School catcher and learning “The Ten Bases of Major League Leadership” as well as hearing the stories Dr. Fero retold will help me and anyone become a better leader on and off the field.
Daniel Hand High School
Class of 2018
Dr. Howard Fero spoke at the February breakfast meeting of the Human Resource Association of Greater New Haven. The meeting focus was employee recognition and Dr. Fero provided practical concepts and tools that can be implemented in all modes of business. We highly recommend Dr. Fero as a speaker. Thank you Howard for sharing your perspectives with our group!
Greater New Haven HR Association
Our Subway Seminar at the New Haven Free Public Library led by Dr. Fero inspired a paradigm shift in the thinking of many of the participants in terms of leadership skills. Dr. Fero’s exercises in the seminar gave our patrons some very insightful ways of looking at how to develop leadership skills in their work and how they can be a more effective and valued member of their organization. I would recommend public libraries consider Dr. Fero for career development programs they organize for patrons and staff.
Business, Job, & Nonprofit Services
New Haven Free Public Library
As HOSA Historian, learning from Dr. Fero was a tremendous experience. His presentation gave me insight on new and enriching perspectives about leadership, motivation, and the overall growth of people. I also learned about the importance of priorities and what factors should be considered when pursuing a career.
State Historian (student)
Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA)