Major Article on Richard Strozzi-Heckler’s Work

Richard’s work is drawing a lot of attention. Many, many friends have produced major shifts in their capacities to think and act in the world by working with him. Here’s a major story about his work, appearing in the Winter Edition of Strategy+Business. Click here.

Be sure to read the comments to this post. Margaret gives a good (bad) review of the article itself. I strongly recommend Richard’s work, irrespective of the quality of the article.


5 thoughts on “Major Article on Richard Strozzi-Heckler’s Work

  1. Margaret McIntyre

    As a longtime student of Richard’s, I was very excited to get this link to the article in Business + Strategy about Richard Strozzi-Heckler’s work. Upon reading it, however, I was deeply disappointed and found the article unattractively glib. The article was neither powerful, well-organized or well-written.

    I liked that it starts out distinguishing leadership as a practice and posits the question: How can leadership be embodied? Beyond that, I found little of merit in the article. The author has not caught the most important aspects of Richard’s work for which his students have deep gratitude. The article focuses on the drift of his life that got him where he is today, but without enough substance about what he did to bring about the amazing results achieved in both military and business settings.

    Richard is a 6th degree Aikido black belt who trains executives and commandos to listen, reflect, think, and act as powerful leaders, and whose work is treasured by his students. He is listed as one of the top 50 executive coaches in the US and is highly sought after. Yet, the author of this article speaks of him as if he is a flaky, new-age psychologist who does a lot of very weird stuff that finds signficant resistance in the world. In the article, he author does not speak the language of business and cannot seem to figure out how to connect Richard’s powerful work to the world of concern of business people of action.

    To put it bluntly, I highly recommend Richard and his work, but I would keep this article far away from anyone I would like to explore his work.

  2. I appreciate the article, and while I understand Margaret’s concerns I don’t share them.

    Perhaps as an erstwhile aikido practitioner myself, his stuff just didn’t seem so weird. More to the point: by describing the skepticism of Strozzi’s Special Forces students to his “flaky, new-age” approach, and how it shifted in the face of direct experience, the article makes exactly the point that Strozzi is trying to make.

    Thanks for the link, Chauncey.

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