Leading Tough Conversations: Three Lessons from Leading the US Army Ranger School

Friday, November 6, 2020 11:00am - 12:00pm EST

Host: Association for Talent Development
By: David Fivecoat, Managing Partner, The Fivecoat Consulting Group

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During this session, retired Col. David Fivecoat will discuss his experience giving performance improvement feedback to over 1,000 Ranger students who did not meet course standards, tough conversations at a distance (a failure on his part), and having tough conversations with the media.


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David Fivecoat
David Fivecoat

Managing Partner, The Fivecoat Consulting Group

For the past four years David G. Fivecoat has had helped enhance the leadership of hundreds of individuals and improve the alignment of dozens of companies on battlefields and in workshops as the Managing Partner for The Fivecoat Consulting Group (TFCG).

Previously Colonel Fivecoat served twenty-four years as an infantry officer. He led men and women during contingency operations in Kosovo and Bosnia, three combat tours in Iraq, and a combat tour commanding a battalion in Afghanistan – over 41 months in combat. He culminated his service by overseeing the gender integration of the US Army’sRanger School.

David earned a Bachelor of Science in Military History from the United States MilitaryAcademy, a Master of Military Arts and Science from the US Army Command and General Staff College, and a Master in National Security Strategy from the National War College. Also, he was the lead writer for the US Army Field Manual 3-24.2, Tactics in Counterinsurgency, as well as numerous articles. David’s military decorations include the Valorous Unit Award, four Bronze Star Medals, the Army Commendation Medal with V Device, the Ranger Tab, the Master Parachutist Badge, and the Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He is a Distinguished Member of the Airborne and Ranger Training Brigade.

In his free time, he skis, competes in triathlons, and is an avid bicyclist. He resides in Columbus, Georgia, with his daughter.