founder and CEO of Achievement
is an expert in 'performance under pressure' related processes &
He has nearly 30 years of experience in high performance and excellence research, programs design, development, and delivery.
He has received international recognition
and acclaim for his 'decision making in critical situations' and 'mental
focus training programs.
Ted's critical situation decision making
techniques have proven results with Fortune 500 companies leadership
teams; process and project teams; airport emergency response teams;
professional sports; military, fire services; law enforcement; emergency
operations centers (EOC); hospital emergency operations; public health; plant &
facility maintenance, physical asset management teams; and a variety of
other incident command and 'mission critical' contexts.
A major focus of Ted's is providing his
critical situation decision making processes and methodologies to support
all aspects of Public Safety. He is a
Certified Emergency Response Professional (CERP), former Instructor for the
Community Preparedness & Disaster Management (CPDM) graduate program at the
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill; Senior Consultant for Crisis
Teams International; Chair-elect for the Tarrant
County Citizen Corp Council; an Officer in the Texas Medical Rangers unit of
the Texas State Guard; former President of the Keller CERT (Community Emergency
Response Team) Association; a Certified CERT Trainer; Charter Member of International Consortium for
Organizational Resilience (ICOR); creator of the C.L.E.A.R.
Effectiveness for Awareness & Response) Training & Coaching programs, and Associate
Editor and columnist for Responder Magazine.
Tedís recent keynotes and presentations
include: The World Conference on Disaster Management (WCDM in Toronto,)
Canada, Disaster Forum & Conference, Banff, Alberta, Canada; Several Disaster Recovery Journal Conferences, (DRJ), National
Association of Convenience Stores Technology Conference, (NACStech),
Pinnacle Summit, FEMA Higher Educational Conference, International
Association of Emergency Managers (IAEM) Annual Conference, EPICC (Emergency
Preparedness for Industry and Commerce Council), The Hong Kong Benchmarking
Conference, CPAC (Continuity Planners Association of the Carolinas)
Conference, and the Greater Toronto Airport Authority Disaster Management
He is a former commercial banking
officer and has been a consultant, trainer, keynote presenter, and advisor
for the American Management Association (AMA).
Ted has been active in martial arts for over 30 years and served in the Vietnam war
with the U.S. Army. He
was awarded two Air Medals and a Bronze Star for acts of heroism and valor. As a demonstration of his 'beyond
the comfort zone' methodologies, Ted was invited and attended the famous
- a Japanese 'Kamikaze' styled management training school (as seen on CBS 60 Minutes).
He graduated first in his class and went on to earn an instructor's ranking.
Also, he was a stunt man and received cast credit in the movie, "The
Jewel of the Nile".
His comments and observations on
critical situation decision making, managing fear, conflict management, and his views on high performance
and team engineering, have been presented in several publications including:
The Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, Industry Week Magazine, and
Canadian Business Magazine. He
has been a guest or featured on many radio and television programs
throughout North America and Asia.
His unique insights & teachable
moments, combined with a playful, humorous approach and interactive
facilitation style, keeps Ted busy as a regular keynote speaker and program
presenter at a wide variety of major conferences throughout North America
and Asia. Based in the Dallas/Fort Worth, Texas area, he is completing
his next book, "Focus, Fold, or Freeze - the Science & Art of Performance
Under Pressure," while continuing his trainings, research and consulting practice.
Links to Ted Buffington References on the Web