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Richard Rhodes

We Were Just Focused on How to Survive

We Were Just Focused on How to Survive

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Richard Rhodes Biography

With Hurricane Katrina bearing down on New Orleans, Richard Rhodes should have been heading home to Seattle. Instead, when his flight was canceled, he endured four days in the mayhem of the flooded city, eventually escaping what would soon prove to be the United States' worst natural disaster.

Rhodes, the president of a successful company and father of five, not only survived, he was able to adapt, overcome and engineer his escape using the leadership, diplomatic, and organizational skills he honed as a business leader and as a member of Young Presidents' Organization.

When the scope of the disaster became clear, he took personal responsibility for his own exit, putting him 36 hours ahead of others in his hotel by actively strategizing his escape instead of waiting for a rescue ? a move often practiced in his business life. "All those skills we use in our business lives are really responsible for why we're out and so many people aren't," Rhodes says. "The same skills in business where you're constantly adjusting and taking responsibility for your own outcome ... make me a good entrepreneur and helped me survive in an event like this. I was really focused on how to survive, remain clear-headed and not make poor decisions based on fatigue, stress and hunger."

Rhodes' first hand account of the disaster and the tools he used to escape it are excellent lesson in survival, leadership, overcoming adversity and how to manage yourself and others in a crisis situation. Richard has even developed a best practices guide to help others. His "25 Katrina Take Aways" are a fascinating look into the mind of a business leader as well as an excellent how-to guide in crisis management.

The proceeds from Rhodes' honorarium will be donated to assist the victims of Hurricane Katrina.

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Katrina Take Aways: Twenty-five Small Things That Made A Big Difference - A Sample:

  1. Survivor team - choose your team to expand your network and capacity.

  2. Play to win - take control and determine the outcome you want.

  3. Attitude - check your drama and be a professional.

  4. Acts of kindness - small gestures make friends and build your alliances.

  5. Class currency - never underestimate the power of looking like you're in charge.

Richard Rhodes Videos

Richard Rhodes Books

  • The Making of the Atomic Bomb: 25th Anniversary Edition
    The Making of the Atomic Bomb: 25th Anniversary Edition
  • Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
    Hedy's Folly: The Life and Breakthrough Inventions of Hedy Lamarr, the Most Beautiful Woman in the World
  • Twilight of the Bombs: Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons
    Twilight of the Bombs: Recent Challenges, New Dangers, and the Prospects for a World Without Nuclear Weapons
  • Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race
    Arsenals of Folly: The Making of the Nuclear Arms Race
  • Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust
    Masters of Death: The SS-Einsatzgruppen and the Invention of the Holocaust
  • Why They Kill: The Discoveries of a Maverick Criminologist
    Why They Kill: The Discoveries of a Maverick Criminologist

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    Richard Rhodes is a keynote speaker and industry expert whose speaking topics include Authors, College, Commencement, Earth Day, Environment, Environmental Policy, Inspirational, Leadership, Science and Technology.
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Richard Rhodes is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Richard Rhodes for your event is $10,000 - $20,000. Richard Rhodes generally travels from and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are B. Gentry Lee, Gary Hirshberg, Alexandra Cousteau, Raj Patel and Rick Ridgeway. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Richard Rhodes for an upcoming live or virtual event.

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